We all want our horses to be in peak condition and there are lots of therapeutic products on the market to help achieve this. With options including everything from magnets to infrared technology, it can be confusing trying to decide which will best suit your horse. Think about his needs – maybe he could do with some extra help pre- and post-exercise, or he’d benefit from wearing a therapeutic rug when he’s in the stable.
To judge the correct rug length, use a long piece of string to measure from the centre of his chest to his quarters, where you’d expect the rug to finish. The length of the string will be his rug size.
What do they do?
Massage products work by engaging vibrating panels over large muscle groups, and are thought to increase blood flow, reduce muscle tension and aid relaxation.
Electromagnetic pulses send a wave of energy into the body. It’s thought that they help encourage cell repair and relax muscles.
Magnetic therapy works by placing magnets over large muscle groups. It’s believed that they help to stimulate bloodflow by engaging the body’s electromagnetic field.
Infrared technology reflects body heat back into muscles, which is then reabsorbed. This can raise skin temperature, which improves blood flow, and is believed to help reduce inflammation.
Horseware Sportz-Vibe ZX rug
The breathable mesh outer features wirelessly-controlled, removable massage panels that are designed to warm up muscles.
Sizes: 5ft 3in – 7ft 3in