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Equilibrium Products Equine Massage Pad[if gte mso 9]>
- Battery operated 30-minute sessions – give your pony a massage while you complete other yard tasks.
- Choose the intensity of the massage from 3 different programs.
- Lightweight and portable – take it with you wherever you go.
- Massage more and charge less with our high-performance battery & universal charger.
- No hassle return or replacement if anything goes wrong in the first 2 years with our guarantee.
Includes1 x Equilibrium Massage Pad, 1 x Equilibrium Bag, 1 x Equilibrium Battery and 1x International Charger.
Developedthrough trials at Myerscough College, UK, this innovative design provides effective,affordable equine massage. Proven to improve back flexibility and promoterelaxation in horses, the Equilibrium Massage Pad was created to help asuccessful ex-racehorse through the retraining process. Combined with the EquilibriumMagnetic Back Pad, he went on to pursue a new career in Endurance!
- Clinically proven to improve back flexibility and promote relaxation
- Shaped to follow the contours of the horse’s back, providing coverage from withers to quarters.
- Battery operated 30-minute sessions.
- Three different, easily adjustable programs that allow you to choose the intensity of the massage.
- Perfect before exercise as part of warm up.
- Fits a wide range of horses and ponies.
- Easy to fit, clean & store with a modern & practical carry bag.
- High performance battery & universal charger.
- 2 year product warranty.
How does the Massage Padwork?
The EquilibriumMassage Pad has three different settings, which can be selected easily from thecontroller. This allows you to select the intensity of the program to suit yourhorse. Each program has three types of massage: pulsing, vibration andstroking, which ensures muscles are worked in different ways.
TheEquilibrium Massage Pad can be incorporated into your warming up and coolingdown routine.
The lowsetting can be used to cool down after work.
The medium setting is ideal to warm up muscles before exercise.
The high setting for when your horse requires a more intense massage.
Eachsession will last for 30 minutes however, this can be manually stopped at anytime.
It comesin a handy carry bag, which makes it ideal for use at home and away. Itis easy to store in the tack room and can be wiped clean. The bag also hasstorage spots which can be used for items such as the battery and charger.
The EquilibriumMassage Pad is now the choice of many Olympians, world champions and topproducers.
When to use Massage
The EquilibriumXL Massage Pad can be used for:
- Horses on box rest to maintain good blood flow
- After exercise to help support recovery
- Before exercise as part of warm up
- At a show to relax after travelling
- On your horses day off as part of a maintenance programme
- Anytime as a reward.
Benefits of Massage
Massageis well known for its ‘feel good’ factor and has been shown to aid relaxation,and assist with the maintenance of healthy muscle and muscle function. Tensionis often one of the most common reasons for poor performance. By increasingrelaxation and improving back flexibility, the negative effects of tension canbe reduced. A relaxed horse, with relaxed muscles, will move with fluidity andsuppleness which is particularly important for competition horses performingdressage movements, and those jumping technical fences.
As partof our commitment to research and product development, the Equilibrium MassagePad was tested by Myerscough College in Lancashire, UK.
Theresults showed that the massage pad offers significant benefits to workinghorses, which include improving back flexibility and promotingrelaxation and can show an increase in stride length.
The trialinvestigated the effects of massage on well schooled horses. Signs of stress orrelaxation were measured immediately before, during and after the applicationof the Equilibrium Horse Massage Pad over a six week period. Secondly, thehorses were assessed in terms of flexibility and suppleness. There were twogroups of horses – a treated group and a control group.
The ‘ArchDip Test’ was used to assess back flexibility, which involves pressure stimulusto generate a reflex in the horses’ back. Pressure applied to a specific regionin the spinal area results in the horse ‘dipping’ away from the pressure. Amore flexible back allows the horse to exhibit a greater ability to dip awayfrom the source of the pressure. The arch test involves the application ofpressure to the horses’ midline. This stimulates an upwards arch reflex in thehorses’ back away from the source of pressure. Similarly, a more flexible backallows the horse to exhibit a greater ability to arch the back upwards awayfrom the pressure. The horses that had used the pad showed a significantimprovement in back flexibility of 46%.
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Equilibrium have chosen to add 2 extra motors into the Extra LargeEquilibrium Massage Pad bringing the total number of massaging motors up to 6.
This is to ensure that on the larger and longer horses this pad isintended for there is excellent massage area coverage.
One of the most common areas of weakness, and therefore tension, inthe horses’ back is the thoracolumbar region, around where the back of thesaddle sits.
This can be more prominent in larger horses as they have more loadto carry. Horses with a long back can really struggle with this area too. Along back can prevent the hind limb being able to step underneath the frame tohelp round the top line. They therefore can struggle to work efficientlythrough from behind, which would normally strengthen and take the pressure offthis area.
Safety Advice & FAQ
What setting should I use?
Low – Most gentle massage ideal for: box rest and after exercise as a gentlewarm down
Medium – General everyday setting for use: before exercise as a warm up, ata show to help relax after travelling, on your horses’ day off as part of amaintenance programme
High – Use for a more intense massage.
All horses are different and you will get to know what your horse enjoys andfinds relaxing. Some horses will prefer a gentle massage on the low setting andsome may enjoy a more intense massage.
How often does the battery need charging?
The battery will last at least twelve 30 minute massage sessions, howeveryou may find it does more than this. Charge when the massage feels weaker.
How should the Massage Pad be stored?
Store the Massage Pad somewhere dry and safe inside the sports holdall itcomes with. Avoid extreme temperatures to prevent damage to the battery.
Can my horse travel in the Massage Pad?
We do not advise travelling in the massage pad for 2 reasons. The first isthat if a horse leans on the Massage Pad on the partition this could damage themassage pad. Secondly, to get the most benefit out of a massage the horse needsto be stood at rest.
How often should I use the Massage Pad to see a difference?
In our clinical trial the massage pad was used 6 days a week. Using it thisfrequently showed significant improvements in back flexibility and overallrelaxation. Therefore we recommend using it at least this often to see themaximum benefits.
Can I use the Massage Pad more than once a day?
Yes, use the massage pad up to 3 times a day. Especially at a competitionyou may wish to use it before you ride as a warm up and in-between phases orrounds.
Should I use it before or after exercise?
You can use it either before or after exercise, or both! Use before exerciseas a warm up, or after exercise to support recovery. Especially if you haveworked your horse harder than usual.
I’ve read the massage from a Massage Pad or Massage Mitt isn’t deepenough to affect the horse, is this true?
This is a comment we occasionally see on social media where individuals havemisunderstood the purpose of our massage products. The Massage Pad and MassageMitt were developed to provide a superficial (surface) massage to maintain thehorses’ well being. This was proven in our tests by showing an increase in backflexibility and overall relaxation. The Massage Pad was not developed toreplace the manual techniques of a qualified physiotherapist or massagetherapist. Only a trained professional should carry out a massage to your horsethat is able to reach the deeper muscles.
Will the new Equilibrium Silver Batterywork with my black or navy Equilibrium Massage Pad?
The new Equilibrium Silver Battery will workwith the older style Equilibrium Massage Pad (black or navy in colour), howeverit can only be charged using the NEWEquilibrium International Charger.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FOR THEEQUILIBRIUM BATTERY &
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physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge ifthey have been given
supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance in a safe way andunderstand the hazards
involved. Children shall not play with the appliance. Cleaning and usermaintenance shall not be made
by children without supervision.
2. Only use the Equilibrium International Charger with the Equilibrium silverbattery.
Do not use any charger other than that specifically provided for use with theequipment.
3. The International Charger includes 4 plug faces which slide on and off thecharger for use in the
4. Only use the charger with the cable fully uncoiled. If the charger is notplugged into the mains, but is
connected to the battery, the green light will show on the charger – this willdrain the battery.
5. Full charge of the battery can take up to 12 hours. The charger indicatorlight will be red when the
battery is charging and green when the battery is fully charged. Do not leaveon charge once the
battery is fully charged.
6. The external flexible cable of the charger cannot be replaced. If the cableis damaged/the
connections to the plugs at either end are damaged, the charger must bedisposed of safely and a new
7. Do not use any battery other than that specifically provided for use withthe equipment. Only use the
battery in the application for which it was intended and retain the originalproduct literature for future
8. Disconnect the battery from equipment when not in use to avoid potentiallydraining the battery. Do
not dismantle, shred or open the battery pack.
9. Do not expose the battery pack to heat or fire. Avoid storage in directsunlight. Do not subject the
battery to mechanical shock.
10. Do not short circuit the battery. Do not store the battery haphazardly in abox or drawer where other
metal items may short circuit the battery.
11. In the event of the battery leaking, do not allow the liquid to come intocontact with the skin or eyes.
If contact has been made, wash the affected areas with water and seek medicaladvice.
12. Dispose of the battery and charger safely in accordance with your country’sregulatory
(Worldwide : Input 100-240V 50-60Hz 0.2A, Output DC 8.4V/400mA )
Available in Grey in Pony Size (up to 14h) Stanadrd (14hh-16.2hh) or XL (16.23hh + or 6'6 rugs)
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