Back pain in horses can be a serious problem, causing poor and reduced performance, grumpiness and bad behaviour, not to mention unnecessary discomfort for the horse. It is no secret that one of the most common causes of back pain is an ill-fitting saddle and whilst regular visits from the saddler should alleviate most major issues, horses in work are constantly changing shape, so maintaining a “perfect fit” in between visits can be tricky.
In reality, getting a saddle checked every few weeks is not an option, and particularly with ever-changing young horses, and those who are gaining or losing muscular tone as a result of lifestyle and workload, their body shapes are continuously altering. This is why we have introduced EquiFit’s extensive range of Therapeutic Saddle Pads to our growing portfolio.
The flagship product within the range is the EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad which has been designed to ease saddle fitting difficulties and help minimise the chance of performance-zapping back pain in horses and, because it has been created using innovative T-Foam, the Pad conforms to the exact contours of both your horse’s back and your saddle shape each time it is used, and returns to shape after.
T-Foam is used in the EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad because of its superb shock absorption properties and because of its unique construction, which reduces the chance of uncomfortable pressure points. By minimising vibrations from the horse up to the rider, and from the rider down to the horse, a more harmonious feel is achieved leading to greater comfort for both horse and rider. The double thickened material also provides a soft, yet bulk-free layer to support and protect the back and with an open cell structure, it can disperse heat quickly and efficiently to prevent overheating issues caused by many other pads on the market.
The EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad also helps ensure that no pain or discomfort is caused by the slipping or movement of the saddle with a non slip outer material providing unrivalled saddle stability without the use of untidy straps and fastenings.
The EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad does not alter the shape of a well-fitting saddle and can be used simply as an extra layer of protection against concussion on the vulnerable back area, or to help bridge the gap between saddle fitting visits. Prevention is better than cure when it comes to maintaining fitness, muscle tone and performance levels, and by purchasing an EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Saddle Pad you can help reduce the risk of unplanned interruptions in your competition campaign.
Available in one size only, in black, the EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad is part of the comprehensive collection of Therapeutic Saddle Pads from EquiFit and costs £170 and is available exclusively in the UK from Performance Rider. View and buy online at www.performancerider.co.uk or tel: 01483 346011 for more information.
Finding the perfect partner to represent a brand can be tough but having travelled the country with our ‘pop-up-shop’, we discovered one rider in particular who showed dedication to the sport, an approachable attitude and a genuine passion for our innovative collection of products!
“We are very proud to announce our support of international show jumper, Mark Bunting,” says Charlotte Emery. “Mark is well respected, clearly has exceptional talent and represents all of the values we have at Performance Rider. He uses our products because he genuinely feels they are the best, and he is fully prepared to communicate that. As a growing company, it is vital that we work with someone who understands the importance of getting our messages across, and we feel Mark is in the perfect position to do this. He has already confirmed our belief in him having won the hotly contested Blue Chip Grand Prix at the Winter Show Jumping Championships while representing Performance Rider, and we are looking forward to helping continue his success.”
Warwickshire based Mark began his career at the age of 8 years old and over the years he has established a firm foothold on the show jumping circuit. With many successes at junior, young rider and senior level, Mark has competed at international shows across the globe and has a string of talented horses, which he has high hopes for.
Mark understands that to perform at the top level, all aspects of his horses’ management need to be considered, which is why he has 100% commitment to Performance Rider and our ethos. “Having used EquiFit boots for several months now I can honestly say they have made a difference,” he says. “When jumping at top level horses need to be fully supported, using EquiFit boots gives me peace of mind and I believe the horses actually jump better when wearing them.”
“As a competitive rider I want to use products that genuinely work and this is why I believe Performance Rider stands out,” Mark goes on to say. “All of the products have been carefully chosen because they do an excellent job. I am very pleased to have the company’s backing, it means I can focus on riding, knowing that the equipment I use is genuinely working for me and my horses.”
Many competitors are now turning to Performance Rider as their first port of call for equestrian essentials, including exclusive EquiFit horse boots and AGSilver horse care, GPA and Manfredi clothing, Cavalor and Horse First supplements and other must-haves such as the revolutionary ThinLine Reins and Heritage Gloves.
The lower limb is one of the most vulnerable areas on a horse with injuries often occurring, whether small external knocks and grazes or more serious internal tweaks to tendons and ligaments, these ailments can reduce comfort and affect performance levels. By offering extensive protection riders can make a conscious step towards optimum leg care and with this in mind Performance Rider are proud to bring EquiFit to the UK Market.
As the ‘Official Performance Horse Boot and Leg Protection of the United States Equestrian Federation’, EquiFit Boots have a wealth of science and technology behind them. Over the years the use of boots to protect horses’ limbs has become more and more prevalent and the ranges on offer have grown extensively. There is however, some fundamental issues with the fit and support that many of these boots offer and it is no longer responsible to simply choose a cheap product which may or may not provide adequate support and protection.
EquiFit have combined revolutionary technology together with years of competitive horse expertise to create an evolution in horse boots. Now chosen by some of the world’s top riders, EquiFit is committed to all horses and riders and actively seeks new and innovative ways of helping improve performance, recovery, comfort and overall, encourage success at all levels, in all disciplines.
What makes EquiFit stand out is the use of advanced technological material, T-Foam. Originally developed for astronaut seating to help reduce pressure points, T-Foam is a shock absorbing material that conforms to each horse’s body for a custom fit, every time and with 100% recovery for the next use.
You have to see and feel T-Foam to really believe it! The neoprene-free material absorbs 97% of shock and vibration under impact helping to disperse any knocks or bangs to the leg and prevent injury occurring. In addition it allows air to circulate which prevents the build up of heat and sweat – helping to keep tendons cool and legs dry.
The removable T-Foam lining is fully washable which extends the lifespan of the boots and can be replaced when necessary without having to purchase new outers. In addition, for riders with more than one horse, linings can be interchanged to help prevent cross contamination. For training purposes, weighted liners are also available to help condition the horse.
EquiFit boots are hand moulded at a purpose built factory in the USA using a unique process and it is the inner T-Foam lining which creates the fit rather than the outer shape, unlike many stiff, injection moulded boots which can be restrictive and cause discomfort. EquiFit Boots are designed to be worn snugly and the T-Foam reacts to body heat and pressure which ensures they follow the contour of each individual horse’s anatomy. This ergonomic fit also means there is minimal risk of dirt and debris building up underneath the boot, which in turn reduces the chance of rubs, chafing and abrasions.