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I am increasingly concerned

 

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.

 

Burghley Horse Trials 2017

We are back from a hugely successful Burghley. Thank you to all those who came to see us - we had some super feedback from EquiAmi users who have seen massive improvements in their horses. We are now back up to speed and will be posting orders today x

Jane Bartle-Wilson - new endorsement

 

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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 :)

 

New endorsement from Ashleigh

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

New endorsement - Jonty Evans

EquiAmi differs from Pessoa in two main ways.

 

The EquiAmi lunge aid differs from the Pessoa in two main ways.

Firstly with the EquiAmi lungeing aid, the whole aid is a loop therefore there is equal tension (or freedom) all the way round. This makes it unnecessary to alter anything for direction changes as it self-centres and is always equal. When adjusting the size of the loop you don’t need to adjust both sides as there are not really any ‘sides’ as it is a self-centring loop.

Secondly the fact that the loop moves with the horse as he moves means that there is no fixed point therefore the horse cannot lean on it so they work lighter and in more self carriage rather than becoming downhill (which can happen in a Pessoa as the front section is fixed back to the roller). This brings much more softness, lightness and swing into the horse’s work. The small loop at the D ring of the roller allows sufficient free movement for even the biggest horse but prevents the jabbing of the mouth by the hind leg action. It also prevents the horse catching its mouth should he spook or do a ‘whooppee’.

It is very easy to put on and feels little different (to a horse) to a fillit string on a rug so is often more acceptable to many horses especially if they dislike pressure or restraint. I can put one on in 40 seconds (horse has roller, boots and bridle/cavesson on) but I reckon about two minutes for the first couple of times for a new user. The chest piece attaches to the roller and the rope is in two colour coded sections that fit around the horse and join together to form a loop. For a horse that is skittish I would be inclined to put it on and let him get the feel of it in the stable for a few minutes, but generally horses accept it very kindly, even those who tend to throw themselves about or have a strop when they feel they are under pressure.

I think what we do on the lunge should be more comparable to what we do under saddle which is why the loop is so successful as we ride in a loop with our arms/reins/hands and bit and ask our horses to become soft in response to communication through this loop. Lungeing them in a similar loop promotes topline and engagement but also induces lift and swing through the back into a soft, equal contact. If a horse has nothing to lean on, he starts to carry himself properly and becomes balanced. It is as simple as that really.