The Equiami was recommended to me by a FEI listed Judge after I found out that my horse had kissing spine. It has helped him enormously in his recovery after his kissing spine operation in the Autumn 2015.
I couldn’t believe the difference in him, he now has self-carriage when I ride him and is strong in his back. I realise that the back operation has given me back my horse but even a couple of years ago, when he was an eventing machine, I couldn’t maintain him in self carriage as he always struggled so our dressage marks let down our double clears!
There is so much talk now about working a horse’s core which gives him/her the strength to be in self carriage. This is important in all disciplines, whether you are doing dressage or jumping.
The Equiami does this…
When we ride our horse, we ride it in a loop. This loop consists of our right arm, right shoulder, left shoulder, left arm, left hand, left rein, the bit, the right rein, the right hand and back to the right arm. This loop gives and takes with the horse as he lengthens and shortens and moves with the horse around turns and circles to keep a soft, consistent contact. We are taught that, in order to have softness and acceptance in the horse, we need to keep a soft, consistent contact with the horse via this communication loop. When there is tension or rigidity in the loop caused by fixed hands or tight arms, we are met with resistance and tension in the horse.
We lunge our horses to give them exercises to do that build up their musculature and fitness, in order to improve their performance under saddle. Yet when we lunge them we generally put them in a training aid that places them in some sort of restraint by fixing or applying pressure. This is the opposite of what we endeavour to achieve under saddle. It is far more logical to lunge the horse in a training aid that works in a similar way to the way we ride them; to encourage a soft consistent contact and to discourage leaning and resistance.
The unique patented design of EquiAmi training aids place the horse inside a self-centring loop. The positioning of the loop of the lunging training aid encourages the horse to bring its hindlegs underneath its hindquarters, to lower its head and shorten its frame by developing wither lift. As the horse adopts a more rounded outline, it is immediately rewarded by the training aid becoming looser. When the training aid is working at its best, it is applying absolutely no pressure and the horse is working in a relaxed manner. As the loop is self-centring and is not fixed, the horse is unable to lean on the aid so has to learn to balance, lighten and carry itself. The safety loop that is incorporated in the lunging aid allows sufficient free movement for all horses whilst preventing the horse from catching itself in the mouth at each stride. This can be seen in close-up in the video clip.
The standard Equiami has a webbing chest piece and offer a high quality, durable and reasonably priced product. The lunging aid comprises one webbing chest piece, the two colour coded sections of the lunging loop in a storage bag, with printed instructions for fitting and use and a complimentary DVD.
The Equiami Combi has the added riding aid to the lunging aid. There are many horses who, not only need to work through their backs more effectively, but who also do not accept a contact with the bit. Ex-racehorses for example often work in a long flat outline and avoid contact, largely because this has never been asked for. The EquiAmi combi is ideal to use with this type of horse and amazing results can be achieved in a short space of time (2 - 6 weeks) by using the lunging aid once a week and the riding aid once a week. Because the two training aids both give the horse the same feel of working in a soft consistent contact, the penny drops quite quickly as to what you want from him/her, and that it is more comfortable for them to work in this way as, when they do, the training aid becomes looser. This method of suggestion and reward will always give better results than any form of force or restriction as the horse is not tight or resisting.