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.
RHorse working with Equiband on

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.
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If you are unsure of the size of system you need, please check the section "Size Up".

Are you buying for more than one more in the same size? If you are, the system comes with two sets of bands, but you may want to consider buying a spare band pack at the same time.

Don't worry if you don't want to get the spare band pack right now, as when you buy from you, you can purchase additional packs without validating your ownership (a requirement from Equicore the makers of Equiband).

We ship these systems by courier, they are incredibly reliable and accurate with their timings. But just incase you are concerned that something may happen around where you live, you can purchase insurance.

Key to Ordering:
  • (Instock) = 24-48 Hours delivery (location dependant)
  • (End-April) = Stock arriving at this time, but you will still need to order to secure one
  • (Special Order) = Time confirmation after ordering as this is not held in stock and it is dependant on the next available shipment from the United States
Delivery Charges:
  • These are generally dependant on your location. Typical for the UK is £15 covering postage and packaging along with a 24-48 hour delivery.
  • European (currently) is about £25.

Learn, Select, Understand.

Learn, Select, Understand.

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Learn
Read Up!

The Equiband is not a training system. As with all tools for working with horses, it should be use correctly. Starting here, you need to read a little more about the system, before buying it.

If your Vet, or qualified horse clinician such as equine physiotherapist has recommended getting a system, move on to the next step below, otherwise, click on the button in this section to read more.

Size
Size Up!

You decide you need the system. Now, select the correct size for your horse or horses. It is not a "one size fits all" situation. You need to know the height of your horse. The reason for this is that the clips on the saddle pad are in different angles to help position the equibands based on the horse height.

Use the table below to determine which one is needed.

One more note, if the horse you have is on the upper edge of the size, and is long backed, then go to the next size up.

Please note: It is your responsibility to make sure you have ordered the correct size of Equiband system. These are expensive products and we will not be able to replace the wrong size once the item has been used.

Size Range Pad Dimensions
Pony fits up to 12hh/120cm 20" spine/16" drop
Small fits 12hh/120cm - 14.1hh/145cm 21" spine/18" drop
Regular fits 14.2hh/148cm - 16.2hh/165cm 23" spine/21" drop
Large fits over 16.3hh/168cm 25" spine/22" drop
Western fits 14.2hh/148cm - 16.2hh/165cm 29" spine/21" drop
Prepare
Set-up!

Depending where you are in the world, it might take a few days to reach you now that you've order the product. If you aren't working with a Vet or clinician who has experience of setting up the Equiband then we have a short video to help you below.

Take a few moments to watch it fully, perhaps even a couple times, and then a further time when you have the system in front of you.

Fitting Video

Extras
Extras

There are two extras here for you to think about.

Already have a system?
If you bought a genuine Equiband system from us, then you can purchase spare band packs without the need for validation. If you bought a genuine system from someone else, and need replacement bands then before you purchase them you need to provide:

  • Copy of original proof of purchase (Paypal order confirmation, etc) OR
  • Name of buyer on original Complete Equiband® System purchase
  • Date of purchase of Complete Equiband® System (if unknown, approximate date)
  • Method of purchase (website, name of distributor, etc).

To order, please email admin@ethicalhorseproducts.co.uk with the information above.
Without this information, we will be unable to process orders for additional Equiband® Spare Band sets.

Are you a Vet, or professional qualified Equine Clinician?

Then you also have the availability of the Thoracic Sling. This is an add-on to the Equiband that can only be sold to qualified professionals (a requirement placed on us by Equicore).

If you intend to purchase one of these for your system or with your new system, then you must be one of the following:

  • A Registered Vet
  • A registered member of ACPAT
  • A registered member of RAMP
  • A registered member of GOC

We will validate your memberships prior to dispatching your order. If we cannot find you on the system, then we will contact you to gain further information. If you cannot provide the information we will have to cancel the order, and a small charge will be made for administration (£5.00).

To find an experienced professional who can work with you using this system, please visit either the ACPAT, RAMP, or GOC websites below:

Note: Each of the above organisations overseas and maintains the registers. Ethical Horse Products does not have any affiliation to them, and does not accept any responsibility for their members.


Read Up!


The Equiband is not a training system. As with all tools for working with horses, it should be use correctly. Starting here, you need to read a little more about the system, before buying it.

If your Vet, or qualified horse clinician such as equine physiotherapist has recommended getting a system, move on to the next step below, otherwise, click on the button in this section to read more.

Size Up!


You decide you need the system. Now, select the correct size for your horse or horses. It is not a "one size fits all" situation. You need to know the height of your horse. The reason for this is that the clips on the saddle pad are in different angles to help position the equibands based on the horse height.

Use the table below to determine which one is needed.

One more note, if the horse you have is on the upper edge of the size, and is long backed, then go to the next size up.

Please note: It is your responsibility to make sure you have ordered the correct size of Equiband system. These are expensive products and we will not be able to replace the wrong size once the item has been used.

Set-up!


Depending where you are in the world, it might take a few days to reach you now that you've order the product. If you aren't working with a Vet or clinician who has experience of setting up the Equiband then we have a short video to help you below.

Take a few moments to watch it fully, perhaps even a couple times, and then a further time when you have the system in front of you.

Fitting Video

Extras


There are two extras here for you to think about.

Already have a system?
If you bought a genuine Equiband system from us, then you can purchase spare band packs without the need for validation. If you bought a genuine system from someone else, and need replacement bands then before you purchase them you need to provide:

  • Copy of original proof of purchase (Paypal order confirmation, etc) OR
  • Name of buyer on original Complete Equiband® System purchase
  • Date of purchase of Complete Equiband® System (if unknown, approximate date)
  • Method of purchase (website, name of distributor, etc).

To order, please email admin@ethicalhorseproducts.co.uk with the information above.
Without this information, we will be unable to process orders for additional Equiband® Spare Band sets.

Are you a Vet, or professional qualified Equine Clinician?

Then you also have the availability of the Thoracic Sling. This is an add-on to the Equiband that can only be sold to qualified professionals (a requirement placed on us by Equicore).

If you intend to purchase one of these for your system or with your new system, then you must be one of the following:

  • A Registered Vet
  • A registered member of ACPAT
  • A registered member of RAMP

We will validate your memberships prior to dispatching your order. If we cannot find you on the system, then we will contact you to gain further information. If you cannot provide the information we will have to cancel the order, and a small charge will be made for administration (£5.00).

To find an experienced professional who can work with you using this system, please visit either the ACPAT or RAMP websites below:

Note: Each of the above organisations overseas and maintains the registers. Ethical Horse Products does not have any affiliation to them, and does not accept any responsibility for their members.

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Dr. Nicole Rombach

APM, MEEBW, PG AM, MSc., PhD






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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Read more from one of the creators of the Equiband.
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    I’m really impressed with the equiband. I’m now 3 weeks into training Sabine with it (doing 3 x 30-minute sessions with the bands each week, alongside other training/walks in hand), and while the changes might not yet be noticeable to an outsider, I can really see a difference in the way she is holding and carrying herself, even just out in the field. I like that the bands encourage correct muscle engagement, but without restricting the horse’s natural movement in any way, which what has put me off using any equipment in the past. I’ve also been doing your ‘pilates’ stretches every single day for 3 weeks, and I can’t believe the difference! We must have gained more than 30cm in flexibility on her ‘stiff’ side, but more importantly, she’s now standing herself square and balancing herself/engaging her core before stretching - something I’ve been trying to get her to do (without being prompted) forever! To be totally honest, although I do a lot of in-hand dressage for strength/suppling, I’ve always thought static stretches were a bit pointless from a 'real training' point of view, but I stand corrected!! I'm 100% converted!
    Zoe Smith editor of Intelligent Horsemanship Magazine
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    Larry Young rehabilitating using the Equiband following kissing spine surgery last year. Larry is back to being ridden in walk and trot now, seems to be enjoying his work, and is progressing really well!
    Liz Young

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