Equiband Review from Racehorse Recharge

One of the things we love about the Equiband System is that it can be used by all types of horses and ponies for a variety of different reasons. And we love hearing about how the Equiband has helped people and their horses. One of our lovely clients shared their story with us about the rehabilitation of an ex-racehorse named Bear…

“He’s really enjoyed his summer in the field and living out, putting on some grass belly, but the last few weeks he’s been back in and back to work. His groundwork is something that he enjoys and we get a lot of great beneficial progress from this for his transition from racehorse to riding horse. He’s very quick to learn and always tries hard and gives his best. He’s very athletic and it’s no surprise that he was a group 1 racehorse. I’m sure he will also be a 5 – star riding horse. We have been using the Equicore concepts system which is proving to be a great addition to our program. He is really lifting and using his abs with this which in turn makes him lift and work through his back and swing from behind. When under saddle you can really feel the difference.”

Bear is being re-trained by the super-talented Claire Townsend, of Racehorse Recharge. You can learn more the services that Claire offers on her website here at www.racehorse-recharge.co.uk

If you would like to follow Bear’s progress you can find Racehorse Recharge on Facebook by clicking here.

We love the work being done by Claire, as it can be difficult to re-home ex-racehorses and her services are optimising the chances of these horses being able to have a long and fruitful lives. We are glad that the Equiband System can play a small part in the rehabilitation of these incredible horses.

Nimbus and the Equicore

We love to hear from people who have bought an Equicore Equiband System and how it has helped their horses. This is a story about a horse called Nimbus…

11 year old Irish Sports Horse, 16.1hh, owned since he was 5yo.

From the beginning Nimbus was stiff, reluctant to bend, and either rushing or behind the leg. In the spring of 2016 I moved him from a livery yard to my own home. He developed concussive laminitis due to the grass being way too rich and barefoot. Vet concluded conformation wise he really needed shoes for support (as well as weight loss).

So we got the shoes back on and started to manage his weight. He had a good few months off to recover.

Education wise I guess this really only started in earnest during 2017 after he became sound and lost weight. (to be fair it took me a few years to find a routine that managed his weight successfully)

In Spring 2017 I engaged the help of an instructor and the first thing she did was to have me working on getting him going forward off the leg.

He improved but lacked real progression. The main issues were:

Tension in the jaw, leaning on my left hand, struggling to bend, unable to work in an outline and struggling to go up into canter. In fact his canter transition was awful – like trying to ride an enormous beach ball. He would throw his head, hump his back, throw you forward and upwards at the same time. He also didn’t track up properly in trot and dragged his hind feet making a right mess of the school. He tripped a lot which was also rather disconcerting and unbalancing. He had a tendency to hold his hind legs ‘straight’ with very little bend in the hocks or pasterns. He refused to lift his back – even if you asked him to by running a finger up & down his breastbone. He had massively over developed shoulders from doing all the work ‘up front’. Finally he was very anxious in the school and expressed this anxiety by pooing – a lot!

So.

• I tried different bridles, bits and saddles (and saddle pads) – no difference.
• I tried a physio. Nope.
• I tried a chiropractor. Another nope.
• Teeth & back – all good.

The dressage scores I was getting for Nimbus in 2017 and 2018 I think accurately reflect his physical difficulties at the time. They were consistently hovering around the low 60’s. The judges comments were typically (at Prelim level):

‘Lack of suppleness’
‘Lack of impulsion’
‘Lack of suppleness over the back’.
‘Falling in / out’ (on corners and turns)
‘On the forehand’
‘Laboured canter’
‘Lazy’ (ouch!)

The other thing was Nimbus randomly suffered from tender spots over his back and physically he had a very round flabby bum even after weight loss. It was worse on the right hand side – no muscle tone whatsoever in his quarters. I also noticed when on the lunge on the right rein his pelvis tilted alarmingly to the inside. He would also pull constantly on the lunge rein giving me a very sore arm!

In addition I noticed his poll and neck was remarkably stiff – he just didn’t have any flexibility here. Shoulder in and leg yield could be executed ‘just’ but by a clearly unhappy & unwilling horse.

In October 2018 I visited a clinic where there was instruction on polework and a chiropractor I hadn’t heard of before analysing rider balance / horse balance. The chiro took one look at Nimbus and said ’there is something wrong with him’. She came to see him a few days later, examined him and asked if she could speak to my vet. She did this because she wondered if he had neck arthritis. The vet then asked me to bring the horse in for a lameness assessment at the clinic. I took Nimbus, pointed out the stiff neck, tilting pelvis etc and the vet said well never mind that he’s also very slightly lame behind and recommended a bone scan. This was done and he spotted bone spavin in both hocks. A diagnosis at last!

This resulted in different treatments and physio. The aim of that treatment was control the pain and the aim of the physio was to strengthen the muscles supporting the hock joints – namely those flabby unused quarter muscles of his! Whilst on a visit to my own physio (not the one I use for Nimbus) I told her about Nimbus and she recommended the equicore as she had used it on her horses and client’s horses with good results, so I duly investigated. (she also warned me it was expensive!)

So in 2019 I purchased an equicore and embarked on a programme of work for Nimbus which involved:

• Equicore loose schooling (vet said lungeing was out of the question).
• Walking up and down the driveway (we have a driveway which slopes and is a real muscle burner) in the equicore
• Hacking (in walk only & no trotting because of the impact on his joints)
• Some ridden work in the school, slow steady work that encouraged him to ‘step under himself’ but not too much work in case it impacted his joints.

I then tentatively started doing a bit of dressage again in April 2019… and lo and behold his scores were now a healthy mid to high 60’s and NO comments about him lacking suppleness or being lazy! He even came first in his very first outing – to say I was stunned was an understatement.

Sadly it all went to pot when I fell off in July (practising a Novice test) and broke my tailbone so we only managed 3 dressage competitions in 2019. Bummer.

BUT despite hobbling about for months I kept up with his exercise programme (except for the ridden work where I hired my instructor for flatwork and an army of friends for hacking him out).

In 2020 I now I have a horse:

• With muscle on his derriere! (and neck). Actual REAL muscle! Ok not super defined like a body builder but definitely toned…
• Who can work much more comfortably in an outline (thank goodness – no more aching arms)
• Who doesn’t drag his hind toes as much and has a lot more bend and springiness in his hocks and pasterns.
• Whose pelvis no longer tilts inwards on a right rein circle.
• Who can manage a nice smooth upwards transition into canter – with a light uphill canter instead of the usual on the forehand, heavy labouring canter of doom.
• Who can also enthusiastically manage a respectable half pass & half pirouette. OK its in walk but we’re getting there and its pretty damn good for a horse who in 2017 & 2018 couldn’t go straight never mind sideways.
• Who is forward going and has a ‘proper’ trot which is of a consistent rhythm, with some nice hock lifting, and he even tracks up.
• Who no longer has back problems. His back muscles are pliable and not rigid or sore.
• Who can ‘lift his back’ while working. Amazing! You can even see his core muscles.
• He can also now rear which is something he could never do in the past and even though I don’t condone rearing it is actually a pretty good indicator that Nimbus’ hocks are not causing him pain!
• Who produces a lot less anxious poos. He now does only one instead of the usual 5 or 6 in a 30 minute session. Less poo picking = happy rider.
• He now emits a rhymical soft snorting as he’s working.
• No grunting noises from his ‘man bits’.

OK it is not all to do with the equicore. Why? Because I firstly had to manage Nimbus’ pain levels initially with steroid injections (didn’t work), then daily danilon and finally an Osphos injection.

He is still on one danilon a day and I also give him joint supplements. In the cold weather I keep his joints warm using hock boots and stable wraps.
He also gets regular physio and his work is carefully planned to focus on his hind legs. So I do a lot of quite frankly tedious exercises in walk in hand over raised poles and up and down the driveway, getting him to go sideways and backwards up the hill. I later started to use kinesiology tape and light pastern weights to improve his ‘step’. Recently I’ve started getting him to go sideways & backwards down the hill. His hacking also involves lots of hill work – all done in walk so his joints are not impacted.

But, importantly, any in hand and loose work is done in the equicore to make him work a little bit harder as well as more correctly.

Here are my thoughts.

People shouldn’t buy the equicore as a quick fix. It is NOT a quick fix. It needs to part of a PLAN, an exercise plan ideally worked out in conjunction with a vet and an ACPAT physio.

Things need to be taken SLOWLY. Especially if the horse, like Nimbus, has been in difficulty for years. The horse’s muscles and the way he carries himself will simply be wrong as well as deep seated. It takes time to undo all the damage and encourage the horse using his muscles correctly. So I don’t over do things. I never work Nimbus in the equicore for more than 20 minutes. He is warmed up in walk, in hand first. He is cooled down and praised afterwards. Baby steps!

Make sure whatever has caused the horse’s physical issues in the first instance is fixed. Otherwise you’ll only cause him more pain.

So what, if anything, is annoying about the equicore?
The straps – they are an absolute devil to adjust. But once adjusted its great. (I have been known to turn the air a vibrant shade of blue trying to adjust them)

Looking forward I will keep using the equicore to maintain Nimbus and hopefully 2020 will be ‘his’ year for dressage success. As I said to his physio the other day – Nimbus has now left me behind and I’ll have a job catching up with him so I can do him justice in the ring.

Go Nimbus!

Thank you for this brilliant story. If you would like to share a story with us, please email lizzie@ethicalhorseproducts.co.uk

Get ready…

It’s not that long till the season kicks off. The days are already getting longer, you are starting to look ahead towards the shows, deciding on your aims, working out your goals for the year.

Getting fit for the coming season is really important. We all tend to put on weight over the winter, the weather encouraging us to eat! Our muscle tone diminishes with reduced exercise and our general fitness level decreases. Getting ourselves fit independently of our horses is important to help our riding. Try and walk more, or go jogging to help increase your general fitness. If jogging isn’t quite your style, why not try some yoga or stretching to keep improve flexibility and muscle tone.

As well as improving our own fitness, helping our horses to improve their muscles tone and carriage is part of preventing injury. It is all too tempting to try and skip groundwork to get out competing or out for that really long hack, but the injury risk becomes higher if we miss the important basics.

The Equiband System enables the horse to build good musculoskeletal strength and facilitates the horse in flexing up through the spine. It is not a shortcut or a gimmick, but as part of a sensible and structured rehabilitation or training schedule it may help to encourage your horse to work in an optimum way.

There are no shortcuts to making you and your horse fit, but it is important to make sure that you have the best year with your horse. Time spent now on both of your fitness, will pay dividends throughout the year, so get those trainers on and start jogging! Remember pain now will bring you pleasure later, so as you’re running through the rain picture a glorious sun-filled hack for miles and miles and miles!

 

Post surgery care is vital

In the USA, 90% of the sales of Equiband are with recommendation from a vet. The value in the Equiband for horses in rehabilitation from surgery, in particular Kissing Spine surgery, is particularly note-worthy. With horses, as in humans, the results from surgery are so very often down to how well the exercises recommended post-operatively are carried out. By ensuring that we give our horses the best post-surgery care, we increase their chances of a full and complete recovery. If the Equiband can help with this, then, for that alone, this system is priceless.

The Equiband system is ideal for use across a range of ages, and conditions of horses, not just for those in post-surgery rehab. The eventer Elena Hengel, 2016 USEA North American Junior & Young Rider Eventing Championships CICY2* participant who currently trains with Will Coleman, uses the Equiband system extensively; “While I ordered the band with a particular horse in mind, I now use it on all of my horses.”

Due to the design of the Equiband and how it clips onto the saddlecloth, it can be used for a period of time during work and then removed. Though it is important to dismount before removing the bands.  It is not designed to be used all the time, but instead to be used consistently as part of a program to improve the conditioning of the muscles. The use can then be reduced over time, as the back becomes stronger. It is suitable for the old or the young. The competition horses and the pleasure rides. It has been developed to help improve muscle function, and for this purpose it is perfect across an incredible range of scenarios.

The Equiband system is a unique system that has to ability to help build and maintain your horse’s muscular structure, so that he can optimise his movement and comfort. Due to the design it is not possible for the horse to “cheat” in anyway, so that he will be able to build good muscles, and good habits in the use of his body. This time spent correctly conditioning the horse’s back, will pay dividends over the years, giving you many hours of pleasure with your happy and healthy horse.

If you can’t warrant the expense of the Equiband system, but would like to be able to develop your horse’s core strength, then the exercises in the book and DVD by Hilary Clayton Activate Your Horse’s Core, will help you to achieve this.

To order your Equiband, please click here!

Everything you have ever wanted to know…part 11

We sent Sue Palmer from The Horse Physio along to catch up with the founder of Equicore Concepts, Nicole Rombach, to talk all about the Equiband System

You can watch the interview by clicking on the image below, or read the transcript underneath.

Sue Palmer MCSP: “In terms of how the bands work, I tell clients that it activates reflexes using the hair follicles and the skin receptors.  Is that the same as a resistance band, the Theraband type for example that we use in humans?”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “Bit of a difference there Sue.”

Sue Palmer MCSP: “You call it a resistance band when you’re talking about it…”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “I don’t actually know, now that we discuss that, I don’t know whether that’s the most appropriate term.  We’re using the proprioceptive mechanisms, so essentially the receptors that are found throughout the entire body, but also in hair and skin, as giving a feedback to a certain part of the body through application of the band.  And then in movement the body distorts, so through that movement that is, I suppose, where your resistance would come into it, and then that would work as part of the stimulus.  But perhaps it’s more passive resistance.  In the human field of both therapy and conditioning you can actually move the body part and the the person can consciously apply the stretch to move into resistance.  So either through isometric contraction, so the muscle doesn’t change length when it contracts, which is more perhaps what we [equine practitioners] are working with, or into eccentric contractions, essentially the phase where the muscle will lengthen during contraction and then that can be used as a very specific part of training of either a body part or a certain movement, a combination of body parts that move.  So yes, we are applying a resistance, but perhaps it’s more of a stimulus, thinking on that”

Sue Palmer MCSP: “It’s really interesting.  It’s a question that came up when I was demonstrating it [the Equiband system] to a large veterinary practice, and the guy said ‘So this is a resistance band’ and I said ‘No, it’s not’, and I looked and the instructions and I was like ‘Well, it says it’s a resistance band, but actually…’”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “I think perhaps we can wax poetic on this.  Use resistance as a portion in there, but when you’re looking at the activation, I don’t know that it’s consciously done in the same pattern as what it would be in the human field.  As in for human practice, you would use, for example, a resistance, be it a weight, a band, whatever you choose, to activate a certain muscle group, but you are still putting the body consciously through a certain movement pattern.  Whereas here it’s more of a constant contact that would give that impetus.”

Massive thanks to both Nicole Rombach and to Sue Palmer, you can view this and all the other segments of the interview here!

Everything you ever wanted to know…part 10

We sent Sue Palmer from The Horse Physio along to catch up with the founder of Equicore Concepts, Nicole Rombach, to talk all about the Equiband System

You can watch the interview by clicking on the image below, or read the transcript underneath.

Sue Palmer MCSP: “With show jumpers, for example, would you use the Equiband system as part of their jump training?”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “Good question.  Yes, the abdominal band for sure.  It depends on the horses’ fitness and what the rider is looking to achieve.  But certainly for the lower fences, I feel that it can be used safely over a combination of fences.  Certainly on the days that you have cavaletti, so more of your motor training or retraining over lower fences.  I personally wouldn’t jump with the hindquarter band on, although I had one client who very proudly sent me a video of the horse jumping a rather large oxer with both bands – kudos, I personally wouldn’t try it!  Again, it comes down to the rider knowing the horse, and what’s most appropriate for that horse.  So, for example, on days of doing ground pole work, and the motor exercises or movement training over those pole exercises, I would happily use both the abdominal and the hindquarter band.

Sue Palmer MCSP: “In the past, I’ve advised using the bands for the beginning of the session and taking them off part way through the session. Would you suggest actually that you keep the bands on for the whole session and just make it a much shorter session, or use them at the beginning, or is it very individual and either can work?”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “It’s ideal certainly to introduce them at the beginning of the session.  When you introduce them later in the session you are already in a motor pattern and you already have an element of fatigue, so from the neural input perspective I wouldn’t call that ideal.  So start out with the bands at the beginning of the session, if they need to be removed do so.  So for example at the earlier stages of the horse becoming conditioned to longer use of the system, what folks will do is start the session then after 20 minutes or so remove the bands and continue the training.  In an ideal world, it would be the full session, but for a shorter period of time, and then graduating into longer sessions.  But that may not, you know if you’re in the middle of the competition season,  the trainer might not be willing or able to take out two weeks to truly introduce that horse to the bands and have them accustomed to the full session.”

Massive thanks to both Nicole Rombach and to Sue Palmer, and keep an eye out for the next in the series of blogs about the Equiband System…or if you can’t wait head over to watch the other interview installments here!

Everything you ever wanted to know…part 9

We sent Sue Palmer from The Horse Physio along to catch up with the founder of Equicore Concepts, Nicole Rombach, to talk all about the Equiband System

You can watch the interview by clicking on the image below, or read the transcript underneath.

Sue Palmer MCSP: “What length of time do you recommend people use the Equiband for, in each session?”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “When you first introduce the band system (and let’s focus on the healthy horse that is going to use it as part of the conditioning program), the horse will generally fatigue fast.  The muscle recruitment, especially of the deeper stabilising muscle, will cause the animal to fatigue faster.  So initially the suggestion is to halve your training time, so if you usually have a 40 minute workout on the horse, initially halve that.  Walk breaks are important to allow the horse to relax, to recover, and then picking up the work again. If the horse is healthy and it’s part of a conditioning program, by the end of week three or four you should be able to integrate your full training time.
Again it’s horse dependent, and if you have a horse who comes in, for example a broodmare whose had time off in the field, hasn’t been worked for 15 or so months, what you would do then is integrate that slower, so perhaps give a longer time of introduction.  Whereas fitting it on a horse where you would like to improve the general condition, for example a young show jumper who is in full work, you could increase the time of use somewhat faster.  Let the horse be the judge, and generally the rider who will use the system is already cognisant of where that horse is in its current training and will be able to read when fatigue sets in.  One thing that’s really important is that you do not enter into a fatigue stage because then the very pathways that you’re looking to activate will likely be circumnavigated and secondary or compensatory patterns will kick in to support those fatiguing muscles.  Essentially less is more.”

Sue Palmer MCSP: “I know that’s something that clients have said, is that they can see the horse working as soon as he starts moving with the bands on and they can feel him tiring much more quickly.”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “For sure.  In terms of feedback, you might notice that the breathing changes, the breathing pattern.  When the rider feels that the horse starts to fatigue, that’s the time to take a break, there’s no point working beyond that neural fatigue.”

Massive thanks to both Nicole Rombach and to Sue Palmer, and keep an eye out for the next in the series of blogs about the Equiband System…or if you can’t wait head over to watch the other interview installments here!

Everything you ever wanted to know…part 8

We sent Sue Palmer from The Horse Physio along to catch up with the founder of Equicore Concepts, Nicole Rombach, to talk all about the Equiband System

You can watch the interview by clicking on the image below, or read the transcript underneath.

Sue Palmer MCSP: “In terms or rehabilitation  and maintenance, do you have advice on variations of frequency of use?”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “Yes, and again, excellent question.  What we’re looking to achieve through this body brain feedback (brain to body, body to brain) is essentially a constant stimulus that will create a new motor or movement pathway, that will then become a normal or accepted pathway in the brain.  It becomes an unconscious movement.  So in terms of use, once the band system is first implemented, it has to be on a daily or consistent basis.  Whether it’s in a rehabilitation program, or as part of a young horse’s core stability training program, or indeed general conditioning, it has to be a constant input.  When that input is not there, particularly in the case of a rehabilitation case, different brain to body motor patterns can develop.  So for example, in a horse with a kissing spine issue, there will have been an adapted movement.  Essentially he will avoid the pain during the pain production phase of the pathology.  Once the pain element has been removed, and this is really important, the brain does not recognise, or does not automatically reactivate, the original motor pathways.”

Sue Palmer MCSP: “And I believe that’s the same in the human field.”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “Absolutely.  There’s a strong body of evidence with that.  The muscles that are involved with dynamic stability, so superficially the transversus abdominus, which is fascially connected to the rectus abdominus muscle, deeper perivertebral (around the spine) we have the deep multifidus, the stabiliser muscle of the spine that runs across the dorsal aspect (atop the vertebral bodies), then deeper down in the back we have the psoas complex as well.  So again, when there is a dysfunction in these muscles, when they do not activate as they should because of lesion or injury to a particular area, pain can be removed but that muscle function is not automatically reactivated.  That is why you need a constant light proprioceptive input or stimulus to retrain that particular neural pattern or movement pattern.”

Sue Palmer MCSP: “Is there a stage at which that neural pattern has been retrained and then you could use the Equiband perhaps once a week as a reinforcement?”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “Yes, absolutely.  In movement retraining or neural pattern programming, it is individual dependent, but essentially, three to four weeks will see an integration of that motor pattern into normal movement, it becomes an automatic pattern.  So as a suggestion, the band system would be used daily for three to four weeks, and from there on, start to play with intervals.  So for example two days on, a day off, which then turns onto one day on, two days off.  A lot of folks have asked whether this is a training aid that puts a horse in a position, and I have to say that this is completely contrary to the intention.  What we want to do here is through stimulus, rebuild that motor pathway, that movement output, that retraining in the brain.  So the idea really is that over time, its use becomes less frequent.  It’s up to the rider, or ind eed the clinician or therapist in the therapeutic setting, to recognise whether that motor pattern is holding.
And then, as part of a general maintenance program, it really varies.  On my horse, for example, who is using it as part of a general conditioning program, I’ll use it twice a week, one day during hacking for example, one day using the abdominal band in low cavalletti training (a low jumping session), one day perhaps for the flatwork.  Remembering again that the muscles that are being recruited are large compartmentalised muscles.  So in different movements, for example in dressage movement we find they are recruited differently, and also repetitively, to for example when you’re hacking out.  So again I feel that the idea of switching it up from an input to the brain is really useful.”

Sue Palmer MCSP: “Sometimes using it in the school, sometimes using it going up and down hills, sometimes using it over some poles…”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “Absolutely.”

Sue Palmer MCSP: “And I’m guessing there’s a difference in hand and ridden as well, so sometimes using it in hand and sometimes using it ridden is beneficial?”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “Yes.  From the in hand perspective, I find it’s an incredibly useful tool in the early stages of rehab.  So the horse has been laid up with, for example, a suspensory ligament injury, but has been cleared for hand walking.  Ideally during that rehabilitation time in the stable a program of ground activation exercises has already been introduced.  Once the movement retraining starts in hand, it’s an ideal time to introduce the Equiband system, because you’re getting the core activation but you’re not loading the structures that have been affected by the lesion.”

 

Massive thanks to both Nicole Rombach and to Sue Palmer, and keep an eye out for the next in the series of blogs about the Equiband System…or if you can’t wait head over to watch the other interview installments here!

The Equiband System has been shortlisted!

We are very proud that the Equiband System has been shortlisted for an award by the Saddle Research Trust. Voting for the awards closes on the 11th November, and we would love the Equiband System to win – so please vote by clicking here!

We always endeavor to choose products that are supported by science and have good research around their efficacy. We share the research around the Equiband System on our website, click here to read more about it.

It is fantastic when something that you believe in is verified by an external source, and being shortlisted for an award provides that verification. The Equiband System is in good company, with some incredible and inspirational horses and humans being shortlisted for Saddle Research Trust’s awards, from Valegro to Claire Lomas. There are an impressive range of shortlisted nominees, pick your favorites now!

The Equiband System works by encouraging the core muscles to engage in the correct way, promoting the horse to carry itself in a bio mechanically good manner. It can be used on old or young horses, for rehabilitation after surgery, or as a maintenance part of your routine. The Equiband System is often recommended after kissing spines surgery to help with the rehabilitation of the horse, click here to read about how Liz rehabbed her horse Larry using the Equiband System. If you would like to share your experience of using an Equiband to help others, please contact lizzie@ethicalhorseproducts.co.uk

Voting for the Saddle Research Trust awards closes on the 11th November, please make sure you get your vote in before this date, and help us to continue to raise the profile of the Equiband and help more horses!

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Everything you ever wanted to know…part 7

We sent Sue Palmer from The Horse Physio along to catch up with the founder of Equicore Concepts, Nicole Rombach, to talk all about the Equiband System

You can watch the interview by clicking on the image below, or read the transcript underneath.

Sue Palmer MCSP: “Would you recommend a different tension for rehabiliation compared to maintenance?”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “Excellent question, and the answer there is no!”

Sue Palmer MCSP: “That’s a simple answer, I like simple answers!”

Dr Nicole Rombach: “Essentially, so long as you can see that the stimulus is effective, that is what’s important.  Tension will vary between horses, for example depending on the coat length and time of year you might need to adjust the tension.  So on a finer coat you might see a more obvious stimulus or input, so engagement of that abdominal musculature.  In the longer haired horse, or it can be somewhat breed specific, you need more of an input or stimulus.  But essentially you will have the same setting for a given horse, whether it’s for maintenance or as part of a rehabilitation program.”

 

Massive thanks to both Nicole Rombach and to Sue Palmer, and keep an eye out for the next in the series of blogs about the Equiband System…or if you can’t wait head over to watch the other interview installments here!