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Developing core strength

Created on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:43

 

I do have concerns about the use of various ‘front-end’ devices as lunge aids, especially in relation to rehabilitation from Kissing Spine surgery and related issues.
In order to separate the spinous processes the back has to lift up. This can only be achieved when the horse increases the engagement from behind and steps further underneath his body with the hind feet. This then allows the forehand to lighten and lift and, if the horse is relaxed and not restricted, the head and neck can lower and soften leaving the withers as the highest point along the topline.

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The horse’s core strength comes mainly from the Multifidus System; a network of crossing muscles that connect and stabilise the vertebrae, maintaining the gaps between them and preventing dipping. The biggest part of this muscular system is behind the withers where it is also supported by the Semispinalis and, together, they provide lift for the back. The muscles of the hindquarters provide the power and propulsion to enable the back to lift using core strength hence the importance of ensuring engagement of the hindquarters during lungeing. Merely going along with the nose on the floor may look fine but is of no long-term use and the horse will tend to go on the forehand.
When lungeing you need to really look at the horse and ask yourself if he’s truly working through from behind and is he lifting his back i.e. are his shoulders up? If not then you need to rethink the way you are lungeing. The EquiAmi lunge aid has been shown time and time again to be effective in promoting lifting of the back, developing abdominal, core and hind limb strength and, unless you have an exceptionally powerful and uphill horse, no front-end aid can achieve this.

EquiAmi and Stride Length

An independent study done with six TB horses at the Newmarket Racing School, over a six week period, showed a highly significant increase in stride length (p<0.001) a significant decrease in asymmetry (p=0.036) and a significant increase in speed (P=0.006) using a twice weekly regime of lungeing with EquiAmi. Read full copy here...

 

I am increasingly concerned

Created on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 07:36

I have increasing concerns about the use of various ‘front-end’ devices as lunge aids, especially in relation to rehabilitation from Kissing Spine surgery, core strength, balance and related issues.
In order to separate the spinous processes the back has to lift up. This can only be achieved when the horse increases the engagement from behind and steps further underneath his body with the hind feet. This then allows the forehand to lighten and lift and, if the horse is relaxed and not restricted, the head and neck can lower and soften leaving the withers as the highest point along the topline.

The horse’s core strength comes mainly from the Multifidus System; a network of crossing muscles that connect and stabilise the vertebrae, maintaining the gaps between them and preventing dipping. The biggest part of this muscular system is behind the withers where it is also supported by the Semispinalis and, together, they provide lift for the back. The muscles of the hindquarters provide the power and propulsion to enable the lifting of the core hence the importance of ensuring engagement of the hindquarters during lungeing. Merely going along with the nose on the floor may look fine but is of no long-term use and the horse will tend to go on the forehand.

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When lungeing you need to really look at the horse and ask yourself if he’s truly working through from behind and is he lifting his back i.e. are his shoulders up? If not then you need to rethink the way you are lungeing. The EquiAmi lunge aid has been shown time and time again to be effective in promoting lifting of the back, developing abdominal and hind limb strength and, unless you have an exceptionally powerful and uphill horse, no front-end aid can achieve this.

Jane Bartle-Wilson - new endorsement

Created on Friday, 03 March 2017 13:54


We are delighted to receive a super new endorsement from Jane Bartle-Wilson. Jane, a former Olympian who competed in the 1984 Los Angeles games with her horse Pinocchio in the individual dressage, now trains extensively and is based at the Yorkshire Riding Centre.
'I have been using the EquiAmi for at least 5 years. This simple system can be adapted for horses at different stages of development, and will help them achieve a correct working balance. It can be adjusted to encourage the use of core muscles, and does this without putting the horse on the forehand. I particularly like the effect of the sliding rein that allows for a controlled but uphill canter. When I’m away, my two Advanced dressage horses are left for others to work. The EquiAmi is so easy to fit and adjust; I can set a programme than can include some loosening / stretching work, as well as some work in collection. I have recommended this to many clients, who have also found it very useful. It is a well made quality training aid and properly adjusted is not forceful in any way'.
Thank you Jane for this

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New endorsement from Ashleigh

Created on Friday, 14 October 2016 07:19


Hi, just sending a message to say how fab your lungeing aid is, I have struggled with my 5 year old mare with using training aids as she fights and gets tense whilst being used on the lunge or ridden resulting in getting tight and sore back muscles, her physiotherapist recommend your lungeing aid and I could not believe how well she taken to it she works lovely with it on no fighting or refusing to go forward, I use it twice a week now I could be happier that I've found a training aid that she likes and accepts I will be definitely recommending it. Here is a picture of her with it on :)
Thank you for this Ashleigh x

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Endorsing EquiAmi – Jonty Evans


Jonty Evans has been eventing for over 20 years. He has successfully competed internationally and travels to competitions in many parts of Europe.
When I was first introduced to the EquiAmi, I was a bit cynical and assumed it was the same as other training aids used for lungeing. I couldn't have been more wrong, the EquiAmi guides a horse, provides no resistance for the horse which results in a soft, harmonious way of going that leads to improved engagement and above all self-carriage. My advice is simple - get one, you won't regret it.

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Alyson, Who purchased a Combi at Your Horse Live

Created on Tuesday, 08 January 2008 11:13
Hi,
I would just like to say what a fantastic aid the equiami is.
I saw your stand at your horse live show and was so impressed with the talk and tv demo i bought the combi there and then.
A bit apprehesive when I got home, about where to start.
I have an ex-racehorse that is fairly new with us and he likes to get his head above the bit when you ask him to do anything he does not want to and not very supple or schooled. I tried just the front piece first until he settled and that was good then introduced the rear piece and after a few bucks he worked like a different horse.

Endorseent from Hartpury

Created on Thursday, 10 January 2008 11:12
It was very exciting to receive an endorsement from Hartpury as the staff there are highly trained, knowledgeable and were a bit sceptical at first, but agreed to try a prototype for a while.
Kathryn Nankervis MSc CVPM, of Hartpury Equine Veterinary and Therapy Centre in Gloucestershire says:
“We have found the EquiAmi to be a very useful training aid, particularly for younger or less well educated horses where we are trying to encourage a lower head carriage.
It works well for horses which have ewe necks and/or an extended posture and we have had great results when using it in horses recovering from back surgery”.

Gillian purchased a lungeing aid on-line and has emailed us

Created on Friday, 25 January 2008 11:15
Hi,
Great device! Loving it! Really simple to use and adjust. Taught my daughter how to use it last night ( shes 17) and her ID absolutely loves it! He is even doing collected walk/canter transitions! Really easy to adjust and they really cant lean on it, and the bum is right underneath them! I’ve never got on with side reins etc, as they always seem too restricting, and you seem to have to continually adjust them - but this is super.

Endorsement From USA

Created on Thursday, 26 June 2008 11:06
Angela Guy from Houston, Texas had her EquiAmi lungeing aid to use on an ex-racehorse some months ago. This is what she wrote:
“My new horse was very upside down in his muscling, with huge underside neck and withered muscles from always going around with his head and neck up like a giraffe on crack! :-) I thought I would share my thoughts on your great product! Firstly, it is so easy to use! Secondly, I am pleased with the quality construction, without the unnecessary hardware! I use to have one of the other more expensive American lunging "rigs", and promptly E-bayed it after using the EquiAmi just a few times!
As per instructions, I only lunge General in his EquiAmi 2 - 3 times a week for no more than twenty minutes at a time. I'll send more photos as her progresses! The EquiAmi has been a great help in General's proper training, and I will continue to use it! Thanks”!!!

New endorsement - June 2009

Created on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 10:45
I recently purchased the EquiAmi lungeing aid as my horse, Tetely, would not canter left on the correct leg. Normal lungeing in a roller and side reins did not appear to be helping. I have been using the EquiAmi system for about 6 weeks. It was very easy to fit with the aid of he instructional DVD. I use it twice a week for 20 mins as suggested.
On the first session I noticed straight away how my horse tracked up nicely in walk. Tetley tried his best in trot to beat the system but eventually discovered it was much more comfortable to work within the loop. Left rein canter was still very unbalanced but he gave me 5 correct leads which would not have been achieved in just a lungeing roller and side reins. By our third session Tetely was showing a greater level of engagement in walk and trot on both reins. By his 4th session the EquiAmi has improved Tetley's balance on both reins, however, he is stronger on his right rein but he is beginning to soften more to the left. We are a further 3 weeks on with the EquiAmi training system. I have a weekly riding lesson where I can see the improvements that EquiAmi has had on Tetely's way of going. In walk and trot on the left rein Tetleys balance and flexion has improved a great deal. For the first time in 6 weeks Tetley gave the correct canter lead on the left rein twice achieving 8-10 strides each time. This may seem trivial to some but for weeks and weeks in our ridden lessons he has constantly given the incorrect lead so this is a major achievement for us. On the right rein Tetley has shown improvements with balance in trot and canter which we do need to mirror on the left rein now but this will come with the help of EquiAmi.

As the left rein is Teltey's weaker side I was advised to start training on the left rein first then change to the right rein and then finish on the left so that in time both sides will then become equal in strength.

A great training aid. It does exactly what is says on the tin!

One thing I forgot to mention is that when I ask Tetely to canter left, the transition always begins with a buck! This is not pain related as I have his back checked regularly this is because he genuinely finds left canter very difficult. However, last night when I lunged him in the EquiAmi it was the first time he did not buck prior to the transition. Another improvement! Can't wait for my lesson now on Monday to see how much more the ridden work will improve.

Thanks, Cathy

Full UK Patent granted Nov 2009. Rosie Thomas top event rider endorsement & pictures

Created on Monday, 23 March 2009 10:47
Top international event rider Rosie Thomas BHSII has been using EquiAmi training aids for several months now and says:
"All the horses on the yard are worked in the EquiAmi lungeing aid regularly. I can see and feel a big difference in them now".
"The EquiAmi riding aid gives novice riders a real feel of what they need to achieve as well as helping advanced riders and horses with more technical movements".
Rosie is chief instructor at the Ludlow Pony Club and runs Grafton Farm Riding Centre where she teaches at all levels and trains and competes her own and clients' horses.
For more information please visit: www.graftonfarm.co.uk

WOW, Two new brill endorsements 

Created on Monday, 01 December 2008 10:52
Hi,
I bought the EquiAmi from you ages ago.. Years even!! I just wanted to say I LOVE IT. I've ridden lots of different types of horses in it, from elementary dressage horses to little TB youngsters. I have rehabed a number of little horses and this is a great and sympathetic aid to encourage balance and cordination in the horse. I am not a gadget fan but this is very very useful to explain balance and relaxation to horses. Very glad I bought it. All best wishes,
Louise M (BHS qualified instructor) from NI

Endorsement from Equine Management & Training
Created on Wednesday, 08 December 2010 10:27
The EquiAmi is quite unique in terms of equine training aids. It is very quick and easy to fit and is so simple, yet incredibly effective; its effectiveness lies in its simplicity. Designed to work with the horse, letting them work things out for themselves, it is a aid that can greatly assist those who are less skilled in the art of ground training work with their horses to achieve something positive.
With many so-called training aids, when a horse does respond positively, he doesn't actually receive a reward for doing so. When riding, we should reward with a slight release of the hands or a removal of the leg aid, etc. and it should be no different when using a training aid, whether from the ground or under saddle.
With the EquiAmi Lungeing aid, when a horse begins to do all the right things it loosens completely, and all that is required is for the trainer to continue to lunge correctly i.e. keep the horse moving actively forward into the bridle. An "aid" which fixes the head has a completely negative effect on the correct development of muscles and actually encourages the horse onto the forehand - leaning - rather than taking weight behind.
When used properly the EquiAmi encourages horses to lower their heads and start working their backs; this in turn leads to a rounding of the outline as they gradually step under more with the hindquarters; as training continues horses develop engagement, gradually taking more weight behind and so start to carry themselves but in a soft and relaxed manner.
We have trialled the EquiAmi Lungeing Aid extensively on a variety of horses with different needs from spoiled horses to those that require extensive rehab work due to injury, etc. As a result we have no hesistation in recommending it, particularly to ex-racehorse owners who are having difficulty encouraging their horses to work their back muscles. Despite popular belief, the racehorse needs teaching to use his hindquarters and carry weight on his hind legs. Too often new owners, in their eagerness to get on board do not spend enough time building the necessary muscles for the horse to carry himself, let alone the weight of a rider. Whilst the EquiAmi must not been seen or used as a shortcut, its use can undoubtedly help teach a horse to work correctly and so more comfortably, thus creating a horse that is happy and content in his work.
Best wishes, Rowena Cook.

New endorsement  December 2009

Created on Sunday, 20 December 2009 10:34
My event horse is going beautifully on his EquiAmi. Physio came out on Wednesday and was amazed at the amount of muscle he has put on his top line since she saw him last. He is also incredibly flexible along his whole spine which is great as he has kissing spines. I think the EquiAmi has been a huge success!! Sarah J.

Gaynor Davenport endorsement

Created on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 10:22
Gaynor Davenport, the well known animal communicator who works with vets and top level horses, has recommended our training aids to many of her clients and has now sent us this endorsement:
Communicating as I do with horses, it was about two years ago when a horse I was working with told me how he had been worked in the school. At first I could not understand the comfort he felt, knowing what had happened to him while jumping and the problem he had balancing.
However, when I told my client, the owner, what the horse had told me, she told me about the EquiAmi she had recently purchased. On subsequent visits I saw improvement each time and because of this I passed the word on to other horse lovers about the EquiAmi and how it helped the horse. Since then I have heard many good reports of the EquiAmi from both the horses and their owners.
More information about Gaynor and her work can be found at http://www.himalayanherbal.co.uk/services.htm

Updated endorsement from Sue Brennan

Created on Thursday, 09 December 2010 10:23
Just to update you with regard to our use of the EquiAmi.
It is now just over two and a half years since I purchased your product and it is still in regular use. Firstly it has stood the test of time, and regular use, without showing signs of wear and tear, i.e. metal fatigue or any fraying to the rope.
The horses all respond well to it and there is always a marked improvement after we have used it on horses that come in for schooling, whether they have come because they are difficult or just need to be brought on more for their owners.
I use it regularly on my own horses and am still delighted with the results. All the horses work in a much softer, more correct outline without having any pressure applied. I think that one of the greatest benefits is that the horse understands what the rider is asking after the horse has been lunged in the EquiAmi than with more traditional lungeing equipment. This definitely makes for a more harmonious partnership, which can only be for the benefit of all (the horse in particular).
It appears that the EquiAmi is finally getting well deserved greater recognition as a stand-alone lungeing aid and has positive and definite benefits for all the horses who are lucky enough to be lunged in one!
Keep up the good work, kind regards,
Sue Brennan, www.brennan-equestrian.co.uk

Frederick A.Cook endorse the EquiAmi Riding Aid

Created on Thursday, 26 January 2012 10:08
Frederick & Rowena Cook endorse the EquiAmi Riding Aid
http://www.equinetraining.co.uk/component/content/article/106-equi-ami-for-riding.html

Karen Bosworth's super showjumper calendar girl (Mardi)

Created on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 09:31
She is an 8/9 year old bought as a 4 year old, broken but difficult, very one sided and stiff through her back. She was very strong and used to bolt. She was worked a lot in EquiAmi to begin with and now we just use when needed. She works beautifully in it soft round outline and is very relaxed.
 

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