What is Equistix?
EquiStix brings the benefit of massage to your horse in a safe, effective, convenient, cost effective way, daily! Equistix is an innovative equine massage tool, intended to be used as part of your daily warm-up and cool-down routines. It allows for a precise massage that targets specific muscle groups and problem areas. It's light weight and low profile design make it convenient and practical for use not only at home, but at the show grounds, and even on the trail! Soft, pliable gel bristles provide a simultaneous grooming benefit for a shiny, healthy coat while saving grooming time!
Video: How do I use EquiStix on my Horse?
Benefits of Equistix
Using EquiStix as part of your regular warm-up and cool-down routine increases circulation and blood flow to muscle tissue. Unrestricted blood flow is a vital part in full muscle recovery; restricted blood flow to muscles not only hinders repair, but limits muscle growth. By relaxing tight muscles following exercise, you can aid in tissue repair, in turn enhance muscle growth, and ultimately maximize your horse’s performance.
EquiStix as part of a regular routine increases flexibility. Increased flexibility is critical for progressive development in speed, agility, control, strength, and endurance, ensuring that all the hard work you have both put into training does not go to waste.
EquiStix allows you to reduce frequency of professional sessions or maximize benefits between sessions. EquiStix can be easily packed to bring the benefits of massage anywhere you go! It is a great addition to your show supplies for a busy show weekend to keep your horse limber and relaxed between classes, without spending valuable time and energy in the warm-up arena.
Why does my horse need Equistix?
When a muscle becomes over-worked and is not allowed to recover properly, stiffness and soreness can occur. If left untreated, chronic soreness can lead to strain and over-compensation on adjacent muscle groups, and may lead to tendon injuries. By addressing soreness issues early on, EquiStix can prevent more serious injuries from occurring down the road.
What are indications my horse might be sore?
Resistance or obstinance to cues, difficulty picking up or maintaining leads, collection problems, head-bobbing, short-stridedness, and over-all stiffness in movement are just a few indications your horse may be experiencing muscle pain. Additional indicators of an underlying problem may be seen in something as seemingly unrelated as asymmetrical hoof growth, indicative of unbalance and potential muscular compensation.