The Equilibrium Horse Massage Pad was developed through clinical trials at Myerscough College, UK. The innovative design provides effective, affordable equine massage. Proven to improve back flexibility and promote relaxation in horses, the Equilibrium Massage Pad was created to help a successful ex-racehorse through the retraining process. Combined with the Equilibrium Magnetic Back Pad, the horse went on to pursue a new career in Endurance!
Shaped to follow the contours of the horse’s back, providing coverage from withers to quarters.
Battery operated 30-minute sessions.
Three different, easily adjustable programs allow you to choose the intensity of the massage.
Perfect before exercise as part of the warm-up.
Fits a wide range of horses and ponies.
Easy to fit, clean & store with a modern & practical carry bag.
High-performance battery & universal charger*.
2-year product warranty.
How does the Massage Pad work?
The Equilibrium Massage Pad has three different settings, which can be selected easily from the controller. This allows you to select the intensity of the program to suit your horse. Each program has three types of massage: pulsing, vibration and stroking, which ensures muscles are worked in different ways.
The Equilibrium Massage Pad can be incorporated into your warming up and cooling down routine.
The low setting can be used to cool down after work.
The medium setting is ideal to warm up muscles before exercise.
The high setting for when your horse requires a more intense massage.
Each session will last for 30 minutes however, this can be manually stopped at any time.
It comes in a handy carry bag, which makes it ideal for use at home and away. It is easy to store in the tack room and can be wiped clean. The bag also has storage spots which can be used for items such as the battery and charger.
The Equilibrium Massage Pad is now the choice of many Olympians, world champions and top producers.
It can be used on its own or in conjunction with the handheld Massage Mitt or the Massage Mitt Hotspot for an all-over massage.
When to use Massage:
The Equilibrium Massage Pad can be used for:
Horses on box rest to maintain good blood flow
After exercise to help support recovery
Before exercising as part of warm-up
At a show to relax aftertraveling
On your horses day off as part of a maintenance program
Anytime as a reward.
Benefits of Massage
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. Tension is often one of the most common reasons for poor performance. 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.
As part of our commitment to research and product development, the Equilibrium Horse Massage Pad was tested by Myerscough College in Lancashire, UK.
The results showed that the massage pad offers significant benefits to working horses, which include improving back flexibility and promoting relaxation, and can show an increase in stride length.
The trial investigated the effects of massage on well-schooled horses. Signs of stress or relaxation were measured immediately before, during, and after the application of the Equilibrium Horse Massage Pad over a six-week period. Secondly, the horses were assessed in terms of flexibility and suppleness. There were two groups of horses – a treated group and a control group.
The ‘Arch Dip Test’ was used to assess back flexibility, which involves pressure stimulus to generate a reflex in the horses’ back. Pressure applied to a specific region in the spinal area results in the horse ‘dipping’ away from the pressure. A more flexible back allows the horse to exhibit a greater ability to dip away from the source of the pressure. The arch test involves the application of pressure to the horses’ midline. This stimulates an upwards arch reflex in the horses’ back away from the source of pressure. Similarly, a more flexible back allows the horse to exhibit a greater ability to arch the back upwards away from the pressure. The horses that had used the pad showed a significant improvement in back flexibility of 46%.
The horses also had their heart rates monitored as a measure of relaxation.
What setting should I use?
Low – Most gentle massage ideal for: box rest and after exercise as a gentle warm down
Medium – General everyday setting for use: before exercise as a warm-up, at a show to help relax after traveling, on your horses’ day off as part of a maintenance program
High – Use for a more intense massage.
All horses are different and you will get to know what your horse enjoys and finds relaxing. Some horses will prefer a gentle massage on the low setting and some may enjoy a more intense massage.
How often does the battery need charging?
The battery will last at least twelve 30 minute massage sessions, however, you may find it does more than this. Charge when the massage feels weaker.
How should the Massage Pad be stored?
Store the Massage Pad somewhere dry and safe inside the sports holdall it comes with. Avoid extreme temperatures to prevent damage to the battery.
Can my horse travel in the Massage Pad?
We do not advise traveling in the massage pad for 2 reasons. The first is that if a horse leans on the Massage Pad on the partition this could damage the massage pad. Secondly, to get the most benefit out of a massage the horse needs to be stood at rest.
How often should I use the Massage Pad to see a difference?
In our clinical trial, the massage pad was used 6 days a week. Using it frequently showed significant improvements in back flexibility and overall relaxation. Therefore we recommend using it at least this often to see the maximum benefits.
Can I use the Massage Pad more than once a day?
Yes, use the massage pad 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.
Should I use it before or after exercise?
You can use it either before or after exercise, or both! Use before exercise as a warm-up, or after exercise to support recovery. Especially if you have worked your horse harder than usual.
I’ve read the massage from a Massage Pad or Massage Mitt isn’t deep enough to affect the horse, is this true?
This is a comment we occasionally see on social media where individuals have misunderstood the purpose of our massage products. The Massage Pad and Massage Mitt were developed to provide a superficial (surface) massage to maintain the horses’ well-being. This was proven in our tests by showing an increase in back flexibility and overall relaxation. The Massage Pad was not developed to replace the manual techniques of a qualified physiotherapist or massage therapist. Only a trained professional should carry out a massage to your horse that is able to reach the deeper muscles.
Will the new Equilibrium Silver Battery work with my black or navy Equilibrium Massage Pad?
The new Equilibrium Silver Battery will work with the older style Equilibrium Massage Pad (black or navy in color), however, it can only be charged using the NEW Equilibrium International Charger.
Where can I buy replacement chargers and batteries for the Equilibrium Massage Pad and Massage Mitt?
Replacement batteries and chargers for the Equilibrium Massage Pad and Massage Mitt can be ordered & purchased from your local stockist or direct from World Equestrian Brands from our online shop. Alternatively, several of our mail order retailers also carry stock of batteries and chargers.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EQUILIBRIUM BATTERY &
1. This appliance can be used by children aged from 8 years and above and persons with reduced
physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge if they have been given
supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance in a safe way and understand the hazards
involved. Children shall not play with the appliance. Cleaning and user maintenance shall not be made
by children without supervision.
2. Only use the Equilibrium International Charger with the Equilibrium silver battery.
Do not use any charger other than that specifically provided for use with the equipment.
3. The International Charger includes 4 plug faces that slide on and off the charger for use in the
4. Only use the charger with the cable fully uncoiled. If the charger is not plugged into the mains but is
connected to the battery, the green light will show on the charger – this will drain the battery.
5. Full charge of the battery can take up to 12 hours. The charger indicator light will be red when the
battery is charging and green when the battery is fully charged. Do not leave on charge once the
battery is fully charged.
6. The external flexible cable of the charger cannot be replaced. If the cable is damaged/the
connections to the plugs at either end are damaged, the charger must be disposed of safely and a new
7. Do not use any battery other than that specifically provided for use with the equipment. Only use the
battery in the application for which it was intended and retain the original product literature for future
8. Disconnect the battery from equipment when not in use to avoid potentially draining the battery. Do
not dismantle, shred or open the battery pack.
9. Do not expose the battery pack to heat or fire. Avoid storage in direct sunlight. Do not subject the
battery to mechanical shock.
10. Do not short circuit the battery. Do not store the battery haphazardly in a box or drawer where other
metal items may short circuit the battery.
11. In the event of the battery leaking, do not allow the liquid to come into contact with the skin or eyes.
If contact has been made, wash the affected areas with water and seek medical advice.
12. Dispose of the battery and charger safely in accordance with your country’s regulatory
Equilibrium Battery (7.4V 2200mAh). For use with Equilibrium Battery Charger
(Worldwide : Input 100-240V 50-60Hz 0.2A, Output DC 8.4V/400mA )
Massage helps to promote flexibility in healthy muscle tissue, fascia, and other soft tissue fibers. The effects of massage on flexibility can be measured using the ‘Arch Dip’ test to determine the amount of upwards or downwards bend of the horses’ back. Test results from our trials demonstrated an overall improvement in back flexibility of approx. 46%.
The trial showed that the stride length of the Treated horses increased over the period of the test by 12cms whereas the Control group showed little improvement. Horse owners know that a small change in stride length can make a major difference to the way of going in the horse.
Using a heart rate monitor, horses wearing the EQUILIBRIUM Massage Pad showed an increase in relaxation compared to the horses in the control group.