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How to use the Equilibrium Massage Mitt
The Equilibrium Massage Mitt is a handy tool to help keep your horse relaxed and flexible, and can be used in a variety of ways to help your horse.
General Massage/Warm Up
You can use the mitt as a general full body warm up for the horse or use it to target discipline specific muscle groups.
As an all over massage: Use the Massage Mitt in a slow sweeping motion over all muscle groups, running in the same direction as the hair. Spend 2 minutes on each muscle group, making sure that you repeat this on both sides of the horse.
Discipline specific warm up: Different disciplines put demand on different muscle groups depending on what is required of the horse. Spend longer on the areas that are specific to what your about to do, this can prep the muscles so they are ready for work. It can also help to enhance range of movement and therefore flexibility. It’s suggested to spend 4 minutes per targeted muscle group, again being sure to do the same on both sides of the horse.
Here are just some of the discipline specific areas you can target with your Massage Mitt:
Lat/long Dorsi, Abdominals, splenius, rhomboid, superficial gluteal, tensor fasciae latae
Lateral movement – pectorals, gracilis
Gluteal muscle group, biceps femoris, triceps. Back also important.
Hamstring group: biceps femoris, semitendinosus, semimembranosus
As for dressage
If you have had a musculoskeletal therapist (ie. Physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist etc) treat your horse they may have identified areas where your horse would most benefit from some extra massage.
Using the mitt to target specific areas
- Use the mitt in a stroking motion over the general area for 1-2 minutes on a medium setting to warm up the area.
- Next hold the mitt on the target area for at least 5 minutes (on medium, or high if required). If your horse is comfortable, start to apply some pressure through the mitt during this time, as this can help to increase the vibrations the horse feels. Some horses will lean into the mitt which is a sure sign that you’ve hit the spot!
- Then use a stroking motion again for a further 1-2minutes (on medium or low) to finish off the massage. Make sure plenty of fresh water is available as a good massage can make a horse thirsty.
Apply this method to each point. This is a really good method to use to warm up a targeted area prior to any prescribed stretches.