The Equiband Pro® system is intended for core strengthening and movement retraining. The Equiband system has been designed following extensive research into core stability training and unlike traditional training systems, many of which have attachments onto the bridle and encourage the horse’s head to come down with pressure, the Equiband system stimulates activation of the abdominal and hindquarter muscles and encourages the horse to use its core and back effectively.
The Equiband Pro® is made of a unique latex-free resistance band, specifically designed for use on horses. The Equiband Pro® system uses either one or both bands on the horse.
Abdominal Band (AB):
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. Its function is to stimulate the abdominal and oblique musculature during locomotion. The abdominal musculature supports the horse’s back. The position of this band is especially indicated for horses that have recovered from a colic surgery, have poor (inverted) posture, and in clinical cases such as diagnosed conditions of the back, including ‘kissing spines’.
Hindquarter Band (HQ):
The second and longer Equiband Pro® attaches at an oblique angle from the left side of the saddle pad to the right, passing under the tail, behind the horse’s hindquarters. It will settle in the point of least resistance, anywhere 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. Use of this band is especially indicated for horses with asymmetrical hind limb movement, poor engagement, and poor development of major muscle groups such as biceps femoris (which is associated with movement), as well as horses recovering from diagnosed musculoskeletal or neurological conditions (such as EPM).
The saddle pad is available in multiple sizes to achieve optimal muscle activation for all breeds of horses and ponies. It is ergonomically shaped to prevent any restriction in the wither or lower back regions. The clips that attach Equiband Pro® to the saddle pad are designed for durability and safety. The saddle pad is designed for use with jumping, dressage and western saddles, as well as surcingles.
Equiband Uses In Australia
* Increase the horse’s strength and flexibility
* Improve the horse’s ability to engage the hindquarters
* Develop core muscles and stability
* Helpful in rehabilitation from injury or strengthening targeted muscle groups.
The Equiband consists of a saddle pad and two separate lengths of each Abdominal and Hindquarter lengths of Equiband that are attached to the saddle pad (4 bands in total). The Equiband® itself is made of latex-free rubber, specifically designed for use on horses. It is available in 3 sizes, small, medium and large.
The Equiband Pro® system is the only resistance band system that has been researched, and results of which have been published in peer-reviewed manuscripts. To take a look at the studies, head here.
Refer to our size guide before placing your order. To see further fitting instructions head here.