Equiband


A revolutionary aid to encourage the horse to engage and correctly use their core muscles. This enables the horse to build good musculoskeletal strength and facilitates the horse in flexing up through the spine. As the horse builds the desired muscle strength to optimally support their frame, the use of the Equiband can be reduced.

The Equiband is not a training tool or gimmick. Its concept is based on scientifically proven and validated research from the human fields of conditioning and rehabilitation. The Equiband™ is not a substitute for veterinary care, and veterinary advice should be sought if you are in any doubt about your horse’s well-being.
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Dr. Nicole Rombach

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The concept for the Equiband system was developed when a group of equine practitioners saw the need for a more optimal means to engage the horse’s core in work. The core can essentially be described as the bridge between the axial (spine/main body) and appendicular (limbs) systems of the horse. Core strength refers to optimal function of the deep muscles that surround the spine, and more superficial muscles of the trunk. Both muscle groups need to function to provide stability in movement (dynamic stability). This is known as motor control. Where there is no adequate core stability and a loss of motor control, compensatory movement patterns and overloading of limbs can result in adapted gait, which in turn predisposes the horse to injury due to suboptimal loading. Core strength can affected by a number of clinical conditions including back/neck pain, lameness, muscle disorders (myopathies) and nervous system disorders (neuropathies).



The Equiband system promotes optimal core function, which was revealed in a recent published study that was carried out in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College. With use of the system, there was a significant improvement in symmetry of motion of the back and pelvis. Though more studies are needed (and already in progress!), the results show that it is possible to create dynamic symmetry in the ridden horse.



The response from the veterinary world has been overwhelmingly positive, in terms of using the Equiband system in rehabilitation. In the USA alone, 90% of the orders come directly from veterinary referral. Users mainly include owners with horses that are treated for back and neck pain, post-colic surgery. So saying, many horses are being fitted with the Equiband system for general improvement in conditioning. It is exciting to see riders at global top level using the system as part of their conditioning programmes. The Equiband system is also introducing in post-grad programmes in veterinary physiotherapy, throughout the world.



As clinical reasoning is key in the application of the system, international distributors are either veterinarians or qualified/licensed equine therapists. Where an underlying clinical condition is suspected, the horse must be referred to the primary responsible veterinarian for clinical investigation.



Dispelling some of the myths around the Equiband system:



Firstly, it is not a training aid. The concept involves a constant, light, direct stimulus (proprioceptive input) from the body to the brain (the centre of motor control). For effective (re)training of movement, motor control patterns need to be repeated until the movement is carried out without reminder. As such, the system is initially used on a daily basis, and depending on the horse’s progress, use is reduced after 4 or so weeks, to 3-4 times per week, and eventually the horse will use the system as a ‘reminder’, once or twice a week, depending on how the horse is progressing. The system is safe for use on the treadmill, in the horsewalker and in the underwater treadmill. It is an ideal means to train the horse’s core strength during recovery from injury or surgery, where exercise is limited to controlled walking, for example.



Folks are using different materials to imitate the system. This is fine, but it is key to remember that the Equiband™ material was developed over a two-year period, to achieve optimal tension and texture for safe and beneficial use on horses. We used the human Theraband for many years, but found that this rolled on the horse, and due to the difference in texture, it did not give the same proprioceptive feedback to the horse as what it does in people. The same goes for the use of soft bandages; there is some proprioceptive feedback, but not the same consistency. It depends on what the user aims to achieve. We found that the tension and texture of the Equiband™ system is optimal for what we aim to achieve.
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Who can use the equiband?

• YOUNG HORSES – for in-hand, and ridden work. The goal is to strengthen the core muscles in preparation for ridden work and thus avoid potential injury due to weakness and hollowing in early exercise under saddle. The Equiband™ system should be used once ridden work is introduced but the frequency may be reduced once the horse is strong enough to carry himself and his rider in a round outline.

• AGED HORSES – to maintain spinal mobility and strength. Horses with diagnosed arthritic issues must be warmed up prior to application of the Equiband™ system.

• RETRAINING - after a period of inactivity prior to restarting ridden exercise. Any horse that is being brought back into work after a period of inactivity will benefit from a month of training with the Equiband™ system to strengthen the core musculature, before being ridden.This is especially indicated in brood mares and horses that are obese in which the abdominal musculature is not being used optimally.

• REHABILITATION – horses that have been rested following an injury or colic surgery will benefit from core training exercises from the ground during the period of inactivity, followed by a month of training with the Equiband™ system.

• ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE - enhancement through optimal core muscle facilitation. Expert riders can round their horses’ backs but not every rider is able to produce this desired frame. The Equiband™ system teaches the horse to round up through flexing the spine, and allows the rider to develop a feel for this ideal frame. As the rider’s skills improve and they learn how to activate the core, the Equiband™ system can be used less frequently.

How does it work?

• The Equiband™ system is comprised of two bands that connect to a saddle pad. One band goes under the horse’s stomach and the other around the hind quarters. The Equiband’s unique design ensures that the bands sit in the optimal position. The abdominal band stimulates the abdominal muscles, while the breech band makes the horse aware of the position of his hind legs. The bands can be used singularly or together dependent upon your horse’s requirements.

• Your Equiband™ system comes complete with saddle pad, two pre-threaded sets of Equiband™, as well as a tape measure and user guide. For safety it is essential to follow the guide on how to fit and use the Equiband™ system.
PONY up to 12hh/120cm
SMALL 12hh/120cm – 14.3hh/148cm
REGULAR 15hh/150cm – 16.2hh/165cm
LARGE over 16.3hh/168cm

Equiband - Pony

4525
£185.00

Equiband - Small

4526
£185.00

Equiband - Regular

4522
£185.00

Equiband - Large

4523
£185.00

Equiband - Western

4744
£185.00

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If you wish to purchase the Equiband spare bands only, they cost £40 + p&p. Please click on this link: Click Here

Spare Bands

4538
£40.00

Please note that orders for the Equiband system can take up to 30 days to deliver as the product is shipped by the manufacturers to the UK from the US.