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Equilibrium Massage Pad Heatsense


Achieve ultimate relaxation with comforting heat and massage.

Combining reliable, tested and intelligent heat with proven massage*, the NEW Heatsense is a great addition to your horses’ daily routine to maintain good back health.

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Equilibrium® Massage Pad Heatsense

Achieve ultimate relaxation with comforting heat and massage.

Combining reliable, tested and intelligent heat with proven massage*, the NEW Heatsense is a great addition to your horses’ daily routine to maintain good back health.

  • The choice is yours – pick from heat and three intensities of massage.
  • Choose heat alone or massage alone or have them both on together! Whatever suits your horse.
  • Reliable, tested therapeutic heat output with sensors to turn off/on depending on your horse’s temperature.
  • Heat targeted to the most common areas of weakness.
  • 6 Massage motors evenly distributed across the pad.
  • Fits into your daily routine with a 30-minute programme.
  • Shaped to follow the contours of the horses back with 90cm coverage from withers to quarters.
  • Battery operated to take it with you wherever you go.
  • Covered by a 2-year guarantee.
  • Contains 1 x Massage Pad Heatsense, 1 x Storage Bag, 1 x Equilibrium Heatsense Battery, 1 x Equilibrium Heatsense Charger.

Heatsense is available in one size designed to fit horses 14.1hh and upwards.

*Based on the popular Equilibrium Massage Pad clinically proven to improve back flexibility and promote relaxation tested at Myerscough College, 2007.

What inspired the Massage Pad Heatsense for horses?

With the Massage range already helping horses worldwide, it seemed only natural to add the next best thing – heat! Heat that is reliable, tested and targeted to reach safe recommended therapeutic temperatures (42 degrees Celsius).

How can Massage and Heat benefit horses?

Our horses work hard for us with a lot of pressure being put onto their muscles through exercise. Massage and heat are two simple ways in which we can help support healthy muscle function in our horse.


Performance depends on freedom of movement, full flexibility, and an absence of musculoskeletal pain, all of which can be improved using massage (Gellman, 1998).

Benefits of Massage include:

• Helps maintain healthy blood and lymph circulation.
• Preparing muscles for exercise.
• Soothes tired muscles.
• Supports recovery after exercise.
• Promotes relaxation.


• Heat is non-invasive, gentle, and well accepted with many associated benefits, including:
• Maintaining good oxygen supply to muscles.
• Encouraging muscle relaxation.
• Increasing flexibility and elasticity of tissue.

Using heat is a great way to help sensitive horses who may find massage too much. Research suggests that tissue temperature needs to increase by at least 3 to 5°C from the resting temperature (Bockstahler et al, 2004). Amongst many other sources, AAEVT’s Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians by Martha Mallicote from University of Florida, et al states: ‘Applying heat at temperatures of 40-45°C for 15-30 minutes results in vasodilation, increasing blood flow.’

Who is the Massage Pad Heatsense for?

All horses and ponies could benefit from the Massage Pad Heatsense, including:

• Horses on box rest to maintain good blood flow.
• After exercise to help support recovery.
• Before exercise as part of warm up.
• At a show to relax after travelling.
• On your horse’s day off as part of a maintenance programme.
• Anytime as a reward.

Heatsense is available in one size designed to fit horses 14.1hh and upwards.

What is it made of?

The Massage Pad Heatsense is made up of polyurethane, or PU, with foam padding. The PU outer makes the product extremely hardwearing, but also hygienic – which is ideal if it is shared between many horses and ponies. It is resistant to water and grease, but also to fungus. This material paired with the padding also makes it comfortable for the horse.

Six massage motors are positioned in the target areas for horses and ponies. There are two either side of the wither, two mid-way down the pad and another two behind the saddle area. The careful design of the massage pad then facilitates the spread of the massage along the back muscles.

The heating element is housed within the back third of the Massage Pad and heats a gel pad, which in turn will heat the horse. This ensures that the heat is evenly dispersed and consistent. It also acts as a safety barrier. This part of the Massage Pad also has a sensor to ensure the horse doesn’t overheat, for example when using the pad in warmer weather or after exercise when the horse is naturally warm.

How do I care for the Massage Pad Heatsense?

The Massage Pad Heatsense just needs a gentle wipe down with a damp, clean cloth if the material gets scurfy. For Battery and Charger care, please see their safety instructions included in the packaging.

Caution! Do not use on the following:

• Open wounds, new injuries, or new swelling (for the first 48 hours).
• Where there is suspected infection or malignant tumours.
• Burn injuries or deep vein thrombosis.
• Over the abdomen if pregnant, or at all during the first trimester
• Circulatory problems, causing hypo or hypersensitivity to heat.
• Active bleeding, bruising or haematoma.
• Bony areas such as the wither, point of shoulder or hip.
• Do not apply more than 1 heat session at a time on the same horse.

Battery Life:

The high performance Heatsense Battery can deliver up to ten sessions of effective Heat & Massage therapy. This is equivalent to five hours of use. In extreme cold conditions this may reduce to eight sessions.

To preserve the life of the battery we strongly recommend unplugging the battery from the cable after every use.

After ten heat and massage sessions we recommend charging the battery, this ensures that the Heatsense can deliver the heat therapy at the required temperatures. After ten uses the heat may still be delivered but it is unlikely to be at the optimum temperature.

Heatsense Technologies

We are dedicated to creating carefully designed and innovative products that improve the wellbeing of the horse.  All of our products are thoroughly researched, tested and quality checked.

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The Massage Pad Heatsense uses the same massage technology as our much loved, original Massage Pad that was shown to increase relaxation and back flexibility in independent trials at Myerscough College in Lancashire.
Read more about our testing

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Heat is a non-invasive, gentle, and generally a well-accepted form of therapy with many associated benefits. However, it is important that heat is delivered at the correct temperature, and for an appropriate amount of time to achieve the desired effects.

If temperatures are not high enough, there is unlikely to be any significant effect to the tissue. If temperatures are too high, or are left in position too long, then tissue damage may occur.

Our Heatsense Pad has therefore been thoroughly tested to ensure the heat is delivered in accordance with supporting research. A range of sources determined the following necessities for the Massage Pad Heatsense.
- Heat is delivered between 40-45 degrees Celsius.
- The target temperature is maintained for 15 minutes.
- The heat should never exceed 45 degrees Celsius for an extended period of time.


Due to the risks associated with heat, and the narrow target window for therapeutic heat, we developed an intelligent monitoring system that is constantly checking the temperature being delivered to the horse. This adjusts accordingly to ensure a repeatable session is experienced each time the pad is used.

This is especially important in a product that is strapped to the horse, that they cannot easily move away from.

As the temperature reaches the target of 42 degrees Celsius power to the heat pads will cut out. As the temperature drops again, power to the heat pads will resume. This process continues to ensure the horse receives 15 minutes at the target temperature.

This monitoring system will also help prevent the pad heating tissue that is already hot, whether that is due to ambient temperatures, or if the horse has just been exercised. The left and right side of the pad also work independently of each other, meaning one side could be receiving heat, even if the other is too warm.

Our sources include, but are not limited to:

  1. King et.al, 2016; Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete, An Issue of Veterinary Clinics of the Equine Athlete, B. Bockstahler et al, 2004; Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats: Rehabilitation and Pain Management, M. Mallicote et al, 2009; AAEVT’s Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians, M Bromiley, 2007; Equine Injury, Therapy & Rehabilitation, C. Wayne Mcllwraith et al, 2016; Joint Disease In The Horse, C Schlachter, 2016; Electrophysical therapies for the equine athlete, M.E Goldberg, 2017; Physical Rehabilitation for Veterinary Technicians Nurses.


This means your battery doesn’t have enough charge to deliver any heat, you should recharge your battery straight away. It may have a small amount of charge to deliver a massage session, but the intensity may be weaker than what a fully charged battery could deliver.

A fully charged battery can deliver at least 10 sessions of heat and massage in normal weather conditions. In cold temperatures, this could reduce to 8 sessions. You will still be able to run massage sessions, however we’d recommend recharging your battery after 8-10 sessions to get the full heat benefit.

Yes, this is telling you that the maximum heat temperature has been reached and therefore the light will go out. As the temperature drops again the light may come back on, indicating the pad is heating again. You may also notice towards the end of the 30 minute total pad run time the red light has gone out completely, if your battery has ample charge then this is simply because your horse has received the correct target temperature for at least 15 minutes.

No, it is important that you only charge your Equilibrium Batteries with their specifically allocated chargers.

No, we do not recommend using any other battery than the Equilibrium Heatsense Battery in the Heatsense Pad. Doing so will invalidate your warranty.

Yes. Try to get all excess water off your horse by using a sweat scraper and/or towel drying, and then use the pad over a thin towel. We would not recommend using the heat function directly against your horse’s back if their coat is wet. If the Massage Pad Heatsense gets damp, ensure it is thoroughly dried before being stored away ready for the next use.

We recommend that you ‘pre-heat’ the pad by turning the heat function on for a few minutes before using on your horse in extreme cold weather.

You can use the Massage Pad Heatsense over a thin fleece rug to help keep your horse warm during their massage session. Alternatively, you can place a rug over the pad too if you prefer, this method is better suited if you are using the heat function so the pad is in direct contact with your horses’ back.

Firstly, make sure your battery is fully charged. If your therapy product still won’t turn on, ensure you get in touch with our customer care team who can help you.

You can use it either before or after exercise, or both! Use before exercise as a warm up, or after exercise to aid recovery. Especially if you have worked your horse harder than usual. If using after exercise make sure the horse has completed the initial stages of recovery (i.e. their heart rate and temperature is back to normal).

The Massage Pad Heatsense uses the same massage technology from our original Massage Pad. In our clinical trial the Massage Pad was used 6 days a week. Using it this frequently significantly increased back flexibility and relaxation. Therefore, we recommend using it at least this often to see the maximum benefits.

We do not advise travelling in the Massage Pad Heatsense for 2 reasons. The first is that if a horse leans on the pad against the partition this could damage the product. Secondly, to get the most benefit out of a session the horse needs to be stood at rest.

Yes, you can use it up to 3 times a day. Especially at a competition, you may wish to use it before you ride as a warm up and in-between phases or rounds. We would advise not running more than one session of heat consecutively on the same horse.

The pad should be stored somewhere dry and safe – the bag it is provided with is suitable for storage. Avoid extreme temperatures to prevent damage to the battery. If you have cleaned the pad, ensure it is completely dry before packing it away.

Delivery, returns, exchanges and guarantee

Delivery charges are calculated based on the location of delivery, weight, and value of the order. Standard charges are:

For parcels up to 20kg: UK Delivery

  • Standard Delivery – 2 Working Days – £4.99 – for orders under £40 and placed before 2pm. (UK Mainland only. Excludes Highlands, Northern Ireland, and Islands)
  • FREE Delivery – 2 Working Days – for orders over £40 and placed before 2pm. (UK Mainland only. Excludes Highlands, Northern Ireland, and Islands)
  • Scottish Highland & Islands Standard 4-6 Working Day Delivery – £7.99 (up to 15kg)
  • Next Day Delivery – £6.99 – for orders under £100 and placed before 2pm. (UK Mainland only. Excludes Highlands, Northern Ireland, and Islands)
  • FREE Next Day Delivery – for orders over £100 and placed before 2pm. (UK Mainland only. Excludes Highlands, Northern Ireland, and Islands)

We hope that you are happy with your products, but if you aren’t, we do understand that sometimes when buying online that items may not be as expected, you may need a different size or you might have just changed your mind!

Our policy lasts 30 days. If you are unhappy with your purchase, you may return or change your product without reason within 30 days of the delivery of the goods. This policy does not affect your statutory rights.

In order to receive a refund/exchange:

• your item must be clean, unused and in the same condition that you received it.
• your item must be in its original packaging.
• your item must be returned to us within 30 days from receipt of your order*.
• you must fill out the online returns form before returning your item, and include your name, order number and address inside your return package.

All Equilibrium Products are covered under a one year guarantee, except for Equilibrium Massage products which are guaranteed for 2 years. The guarantee is valid with proof of purchase, either email, card receipt or shop receipt, from the date of purchase, providing the product is used and cared for in accordance with instructions. The guarantee is not transferable to another person.

If you find the product faulty during the guarantee period, and you have bought direct from Equilibrium Products please contact us, we will be more than happy to arrange a refund or replacement. If you have bought your product elsewhere please contact the company you purchased it from.

The following are specifically excluded from the terms and condition of the guarantee:

  • Damage caused by misuse, accident, negligence or improper handling of the product or not used in accordance with instructions
  • Normal wear and tear.
  • Any modification made by the purchaser to the product or any repairs other than by an authorised agent.
  • Damage resulting from incorrect maintenance according to the instructions of use (e.g. stored in damp/wet conditions, washed on too hot a wash).
  • The guarantee is only valid if the correct Equilibrium Multi Plug Charger and correct Equilibrium Battery are used, the mains charger attachment appropriate to the country of use must be used. The guarantee is invalid if used with an adapter.
  • Damage caused due to the use of the product on voltage other than that stamped on the product.