Equicore Concepts

 

equine rehabThe Equiband System uses a saddle pad and two lengths of latex-free rubber bands, one for under the belly and one for behind the hindquarters that attach to the saddle pad. It is ergonomically shaped to prevent any restriction in the wither or lower back regions. The saddle pad is designed for multidisciplinary uses, as well as use for hand walking.

The Equiband™ itself is specifically designed for use on horses. The shorter band attaches the left side of the saddle pad to the right, passing under the abdomen. The band sits well behind the rider's leg in an under saddle use. Its function is to stimulate the abdominal musculature during locomotion. The abdominal muscles support the horse's back. The position of this band is especially designed for horses that have recovered from a colic surgery, have inverted posture, and in clinical cases such as diagnosed conditions of the back including 'kissing spines'.

equine rehabThe second and longer Equiband™ attaches at an angle from the left side of the saddle pad to the right, passing under the tail behind the horse's hindquarters. It will settle above the hock and just below the level of the stifle. Its function is to make the horse aware of the position of his hind limbs in locomotion and to enhance proprioception. The position of this band is especially designed for horses with asymmetrical hind limb movement, poor engagement and poor development of major muscle groups, as well as horses recovering from diagnosed musculoskeletal or neurological conditions.

Here at AER, we use Equiband™ on many orthopedic rehabilitation horses, as well as post colic surgery cases to help reduce the loss of topline.  In many cases, we use the Equiband™ even when we start back to under saddle work and/or while the horse is on the free flow-walker.