Equicore concepts (Activating the Horse´s Core)
The importance of core strength is that the core muscles mobilize and stabilize the horses back. Core strength helps to prevent the development of the back pain and injuries. The equiband system has been developed specifically to stimulate receptors in the horse’s skin and hair follicles. In response to this stimulation, the abdominal, sublumbar and deep neck and back muscles are activated. These muscles round the back and engage the hindquarters. Regular use of the system strengthens this core musculature, making it easier for the horse to work in a round outline reducing the risk of pain and injury due to hollowing or instability of the joints in the neck and back.
When to use:
Young horses during training in hand and the lounge to strengthen the core muscles in preparation for and during ridden work, aged horses to increase and maintain spinal mobility and strength, retraining after a period of inactivity prior to restarting ridden exercise, rehabilitation after injury, illness, joint medication or surgery (colic surgery), and athletic performance enhancement through optimal core muscle facilitation.