Fatigued horses become predisposed to injury which affects their development, causes major disruptions to competition and training schedules, creates unexpected vet bills and other costs, and can even end their career. It makes sense that a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical intervention to repair and revitalize a horse’s tissues and muscles is highly desirable for both professional and amateur riders.
The Sportz-Vibe ZX Horse blanket and Sportz-Vibe ZX Base Layer using intermittent vibration technology to create a gentle massage effect, stimulating soft tissue structures that allows muscles to relax and results in increased blood flow. This effect also restores normal circulation and repair processes through the affected area, resulting in reduced pain, tension, and increased recovery.
The increased blood flow leads to greater oxygen and nutrient delivery to cells, resulting in a speedier recovery. The intermittent vibration also provides mechanical loading, which in turn stimulates repair processes and leads to enhanced adaptation and strengthening of muscular and skeletal structures. And finally, vibration helps stimulate the lymphatic system to ease congestion in affected tissues.
Sportz-Vibe provides two easy-to-use products that will appeal to riders, trainers and caregivers that target different areas of the horse’s body:
The Sportz-Vibe ZX Base Layer comes with four massage panels and targets various parts of the horse’s neck, withers, chest and shoulders. The fabric is a four-way stretch Lycra that acts like a second skin and allows the panels to have close contact to the horse’s muscles. Ease muscular soreness and stiffness after exercise or use to help your horse warm up before exercise. Comes with a remote control and charger for ease of use.
The Sportz-Vibe ZX Blanket is a completely wirelessly controlled massage blanket that comes with a detachable hood and four massage panels that can be repositioned in 15 easily-accessible pockets to treat various parts of the horse’s body as needed. Super-breathable outer net prevents overheating; adjustable multi-sizing front. The massage action is gentle enough that it won’t overwork your horse’s muscles, but will effectively reduce muscle tension.
Both products have three 20-minute settings that allow you to warm up, cool down and rehabilitate. The wireless electronics can be removed and recharged and the garments are washable.
The Sportz-Vibe ZX system can help manage everyday wear and tear, and help your horse to recover more quickly after hard work and has become an invaluable part of many pros’ post-work or après-competition strategy. Faye Fullgraebe, physiotherapist for Olympic gold medalist eventer Michael Jung’s stable, says, “For us the Sportz-Vibe is very important. We use it every day for most of the horses. We use it here at home in the stable, we use it at the competition. We love it, the horses love it, so all good!”
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