Western comprises of many different disciplines of horse riding, including Barrel Racing, Camp Drafting, Cutting, Reining,and Roping. Whatever your need, Equissage is perfect for all disciplines and will help you to get the best out of your horse as well as keeping them healthy and strong.
Barrel Racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time. The barrel horse is predisposed to numerous musculoskeletal injuries because of the conditions and demands placed upon it (sudden speed, tight turns, and a rapid deceleration to negotiate the course).
Camp Drafting originated on outback cattle stations where cattle yards were few and fences almost non-existent. Stockmen would hold a large mob of cattle together, while the senior stockmen on stock horses, would “cut out”, certain beasts and move them into another mob. The skill of the horse became the subject of some rivalry, resulting in impromptu competitions. Gradually these competitions developed into the sport today.
Cutting horses perform almost independently of the rider. During the judging points are lost if the rider cues the horse. The objective is to sort one calf from a herd and then to prevent it returning to the other calves. The sport evolved from the practical aspects of ranch work, with the first competition taking place around the turn of the century. In competition the horse is judged for 2.5minutes during which it usually cuts two or three calves.
Reining is a Western Riding competition for horses where the riders guide the horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins, and stops. All work is done at the lope (a slow, relaxed version of the horse gait more commonly known worldwide as the canter) and gallop; the fastest of the horse gaits. Reining horses require great agility and co-ordination, excellent reflexes, stamina and a capacity for sudden bursts of speed.Team Roping, Calf Roping & Steer Wrestling began as a rodeo event many years ago, evolving from the everyday work on the ranches by the cowboys. The horses used in the team roping event are usually Quarter Horses. This breed is preferred by the ropers because of their exceptional athletic ability, quick acceleration over short distances, their inherent desire to “watch a cow,” and their good mind. With a better understanding of the duties of the team roping horse, it becomes apparent that they experience many of the same problems that of western horses. Problems of the distal joints of the hocks are very common, forcing strain to the hamstrings, glutels and lower back.
Equissage is a safe, easy to use, natural, non-aggressive and non-invasive way to effectively warm up and cool down your horse, prevent common issues, improve performance and maintain your horse in peak condition.
Voted “Best New Horse Product in the World” in 2000 BETA UK, Barrel racing riders world wide love how Equissage provides a full body workout, equivalent to a 10km walk for their competition horse. Equissage gently penetrates through 4 foot of bone and 2 foot of tissue to provide the following benefits to Barrel racing horses:
- Increased blood flow, specifically around the joints to decrease the likelihood of injuries
- Improved lymphatic drainage to assist in the removal of lactic acid and help speed up recovery of fatigued muscles
- Relaxation of the muscles, keeping them soft and supple. Naturally helping to relieve pain, unlock tension and reduce muscle spasm. Also helps improves flexion and bend
- Improved joint mobility to assist in control, accuracy and flexibility when turning and stopping