I first encountered some of the Equilibrium range of products during one of the Equilibrium sponsored “Meeting of Minds Tour 2021” demonstration evenings featuring Jason Webb and Charlie Unwin, where Jason shared his principles of training horses and Charlie demonstrated principles of human performance using his expertise in sports psychology. The evening was fascinating and so were the products on display during the evening. Here is an introduction to Equilibrium, a little of the history behind the company and some of the equine products that they have developed.
Tell us about EquilibriumWe were founded back in 2001 by one horse owner and now our Managing Director, Margaret Donnelly. Her horse Timmy started violently shaking his head as a 5-year-old. At the time, there weren’t many options for headshaking horses. But Margaret, with her background in product development, was determined to come up with a solution to help him! As a result, the Muzzle Net was created and we grew from there, concentrating on products that could really help the wellbeing of the horse. We are now based just outside Leighton Buzzard, on the Beds./Bucks. border, at a lovely, rural business park – which happens to be right next door to a local show venue! We’re all animal lovers and very much take inspiration from our own horses too.
Tell us what Equilibrium doWe pride ourselves in having thoroughly tested and researched products, but also products which stand the test of time and last. Our core ranges cover a wide variety of items primarily for the horse – from Massage Pads and Magnetic products to Fly Masks and Boots, all the way to Treats and Supplements. Our products tend to look a bit different to others that are on the market, as we try creating something where we feel there is a gap or where an improvement can be made, rather than just developing a product for the sake of it.
Tell us about the massage pad and mittWe know from using massage for ourselves that it can have many benefits. As our horses work hard for us, we believe that we owe it to them to help keep them comfortable. In general, massage is well known for its ‘feel good’ factor and has been shown to aid relaxation and assist with the maintenance of healthy muscle and muscle function. Our Massage Pad underwent independent trials which resulted in seeing horses show a 46% increase in back flexibility, as well as an increase in relaxation. They did also note that an increase in stride length was seen! Horses, by nature, can be tense characters both during exercise or sometimes just with day-to-day handling. By increasing relaxation and improving back flexibility, the negative effects of tension can be reduced. A relaxed horse, with relaxed muscles, will move with fluidity and suppleness which is particularly important for competition horses performing dressage movements, and those jumping technical fences. We usually recommend Massage to be of benefit for the following:
- 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