Horseware Ireland is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and in that time it's become one of the worlds leading manufacturers and distributors of Turnout covers…
Founded by Tom and Carol MacGuinness, their determination to produce a rug that didn't leak, didn't make the horse sweat and didn't slip, led to the creation of the first fully waterproof and breathable turnout that really worked and really lasted!.
They started with a small team, in Dundalk, Ireland in 1985. After months of research and hand-stitching, the prototype of the now iconic Rambo Original was born. This set the standard for modern rug design. Since then Horseware Ireland has grown to become the world's most trusted producer of horse rugs.
Today, their Rambo range is still made in the same town in Ireland under Tom's watchful eye and with the same attention to detail and high quality material that they prided themselves on in 1985. Horseware are constantly striving to produce the best products they can and have now also grown into a leading manufacturer of clothing for horses AND riders. They never stop evolving and are constantly seeking out untrodden paths, pushing boundaries and finding new challenges.
Horseware Ireland believes that because they create, they innovate. And through their innovation they aim to make a difference to the lives of you and your horses. We're very proud to be associated with Horseware Ireland and to be able to supply New Zealand with their Innovative Quality Products. We look forward to seeing what comes next!
ICE-VIBE CIRCULATION THERAPY - HORSEWARE IRELAND
*Reduce Soreness & Swelling *Help Boost Circulation
*Stimulate Healing *Reduce Stiffness *Injury Prevention
"Although technological advances have been slow to impact the equestrian world, Ice-Vibe boots are bucking the trend and will quickly make regular ice boots a thing of the past. I've been using the Ice-Vibe boots and our horse's legs have never been better following strenuous workouts. I couldn't be happier with them." Doug Pain, International Event Rider.
ICE-VIBE CIRCULATION THERAPY BOOTS by Horseware Ireland are an excellent MULTI-PURPOSE Circulation Therapy Boot. They are an easy to use, wireless, rechargeable, vibrating boot which combines cold or warmth with a gentle massage action to boost circulation, drain inflammation and stimulate healing in horses legs.
Why use Ice-Vibe?
Tendons are much slower to heal than muscles due to their poor blood supply and slow metabolism. Tendon problems are often the result of a buildup of damage. By using Ice-Vibe boots regularly you can help stimulate blood flow to your horses legs whilst they are standing in a stable. This encourages movement of the lymphatic system which helps drain inflammation, stimulates repair to damaged tissue, reduces scar tissue and strengthens new tissue as the legs repair.
Why use Ice-Vibe over using just Ice when needing cold therapy?
Ice-Vibe Boots are designed to achieve different results to using just ice. Ice on its own reduces blood flow and numbs the nerves in an area, however it runs the risk of making the legs too cold which can cause the lymph system to slow down and reduce blood flow so severely that further damage can be caused and healing can be compromised. Ice-Vibes are designed to cool tissue via the cold packs and slow down the blood flow to reduce inflammation but when combined with massage the blood flow is not severely restricted, this allows oxygen and nutrients to be maintained to tired and damaged tissue, allowing for better recovery and repair. The massaging effect also helps to stimulate the lymph system similar to exercise to help reduce existing inflammation and scar tissue.
How do the Ice-Vibe Boots Increase Blood Flow?
The Ice-Vibe boots have small vibratory motors in panel inserts that are set at a low hertz, these stimulate blood flow by creating a massaging effect. There is a 10 minute setting to introduce your horse to the boots, the main setting is setting 2 which operates for 20 minutes, after which the vibration ceases automatically.
When to use Ice-Vibe?
Ice-Vibes are an excellent tool for maintaining leg health on a day to day basis and are invaluable in treating stiffness, strains, bruising, and tendon damage when injury has occurred. They can be used before exercise without cold packs, after exercise with cold packs, and during rehabilitation, with warmth, with cold, or with no packs at all. Everyday wear and tear on joints can be managed with daily use of the Ice-Vibe Boots and rehabilitation can be achieved more quickly.
Prior to Exercise using just vibration
Using Ice-Vibe before exercise can help reduce the risk of injury by increasing blood flow to tendons and ligaments, this helps warm them up and makes them more elastic, therefore less prone to injury.
After exercise using Ice pack & Vibration Therapy
Use with or without Cold Packs to Repair
When an area is healing scar tissue is formed, the movement created by the vibration and massage helps to break down adhesions and scar tissue whilst increasing blood flow to assist healing.
ICE-VIBE BOOTS are available in Extra Full and Full size.
Full Size suitable for: Ponies through to Small/Med size Horses.
XFull Size: Medium Size Horses through to Large, heavy boned, warm blood type horses or for use on Hind legs.
The Ice-Vibe range are fast becoming an extremely popular therapy system now used by many top riders both nationally and internationally. Please CLICK HERE to read more international testimonials on Ice-Vibe Circulation Therapy Boots.
"They made such a significant impact on my horses recovery. I have had huge success with the ICE-VIBE boots. My Grand Prix horse had surgery in the spring, I started to use the ICE-VIBE boots as my part of my rehab routine just using the vibration before riding and the cooling after. At each check up my vet could not believe the difference in my horses leg, he is now fully recovered but I still use them everyday and currently buying another pair for my other horses. They're just amazing, I have suggested them to many other riders. They truly are one of the best products on the market"
* Reduces Pain *Improves Blood Supply to Tissue * Relaxes Muscle
*Reduces Inflammation * Improves Quality of Life
Designed and created by the team who brought you the highly successful Ice-Vibe range. Sportz-vibe is a very effective massage therapy rug that is comfortable, lightweight, easy to use and extremely portable. Its two different therapeutic settings help warm up muscles before work, and can be used as a recovery aid after work to ease soreness and stiffness, and accelerate recovery after injury.
The stimulation from Sportz-Vibe is gentle enough that it won't over-work your horses muscles but is strong enough that it will effectively reduce muscle tension and stimulate the lymph system into repair. Its removable massage panels mean that you can target areas of discomfort and treat them individually or collectively. Using Sportz-Vibe before exercise can create a calming effect and effectively relaxes and warms up targeted muscle groups. Reducing muscle tension assists blood flow to muscles, tendons and ligaments, helping to make them more elastic and less susceptible to injury as well as more comfortable.
HOW DOES SPORTZ-VIBE WORK?
The vibration panels in the rug create a massage effect which aids in the relaxation of muscle. Massage is renowned for its ability to promote healing reduce pain, improve blood supply to tissue, and reduce inflammation. A more relaxed muscle means better blood flow which is essential to bring oxygen and nutrients to tissues. A good supply of oxygen and nutrients are necessary to repair damaged muscle and also to build and develop new muscle. In addition, by activating the Lymph system to move, the massage effect helps drain inflammation and stimulates repair to damaged tissue thus promoting healing.
WHEN TO USE SPORTZ-VIBE? Prevention and Repair...
Using Sportz-Vibe before exercise warms up targeted muscle groups and can help reduce the risk of injury. Reducing muscle tension assists blood flow to muscles, tendons and ligaments, helping to make them more elastic. Using after exercise, cools down muscles and helps to keep your horse comfortable while developing muscle tone. Sportz-Vibe can help manage everyday wear and tear, eases soreness and stiffness and helps your horse recover more quickly after hard work or injury.
HOW DO I USE IT?
Sportz-Vibe comes with 4 removable massage panels which can be placed in four areas on either side of the rug, centre back, hind quarters, shoulders and neck. These work alternatively on either side of the horse’s body to stimulate circulation. Sportz-Vibe has two treatment settings, both automatically switch off after twenty minutes and can be used up to 3 times a day.
The Sportz-Vibe Massage Therapy Rug is made from a high quality breathable fabric which is adjustable for horses of different builds and once the panels and rechargeable battery is removed, is fully machine washable. It comes with four massage panels, a universal charger, a rechargeable battery which lasts up to three hours and includes an in-built battery level indicator. A detachable hood is included and all arrives in a smart Sportz-Vibe back pack. It is very easy to store and transport. Sportz-Vibe Horse Rugs come with a 6 month warranty from date of purchase and all accessories can be purchased from HorseFit NZ separately, including 2 panel packs. The 2 panel packs are designed to be placed in the neck if you wish to run this area in addition the panels in the body, they include; 2x Sportz-Vibe Massage panels, 1x Lithium Battery, 1x Splitter Cable.
WHAT SIZE DO I NEED?
The Sportz-Vibe Horse Rug comes in 3 different sizes with an adjustable front that allows one rug to treat 3 different sized horses. Elasticated surcingle’s can be adjusted to ensure a snug and secure fit around the horse.
Sportz-Vibe Small =NZ 4'0 - 4'6 (Pony)
Sportz-Vibe Medium = NZ 4'9 - 5'3 (Med Horse)
Sportz-Vibe Large = NZ 5'6 - 6'0 (Large Horse)
"I'm really thrilled with the results of my Sportz Vibe rug. It gets used everyday at home and is so easy to put on and take off. Being so light weight, it comes along to each competition as well. The horses love wearing it and seem more relaxed after use. I use it before work and sometimes as an after work treatment too. The neck attachment has been particularly useful".
* Increase Circulation * Stimulate Metabolism * Increase oxygen delivery to cells & tissue
* Strengthen the immune system & restore pH balance * Clear toxins
Introducing Horseware Ireland's new Ionic Therapy Technology. The inner fabric of the Rambo Ionic Therapy products are printed with a powdered form of crystal called Tourmaline. Tourmaline releases Negative Ions, which cause a change in the water in the body, this charge increases blood flow. Improved blood flow brings increased levels of oxygen to muscles, tendons and joints necessary for repair and development and helps clear toxins from the body.
What are negative ions?
Negative ions are air molecules that have gained an electron to get a negative charge.
What is tourmaline?
Tourmaline is a naturally occurring crystal. When ground down to powder form it releases an electric charge which converts the surrounding air molecules to negative ions.
High levels of negative ions in the body: Improved hydration capacity of blood. Ease of movement through blood vessels = improved circulation
WHY USE IONIC?
The effects of tourmaline and negative ion therapy can work to strengthen, stimulate and support your body’s circulatory and endocrine system.
- Negative ions stimulate and regulate the circulatory system and increase cells ability to absorb and use oxygen. This helps to increase oxygen delivery to cells and tissue.
- Helps to improve the permeability of cells prototype plasma membranes, encouraging a faster metabolic rate.
- Helps to speed up oxidation of serotonin in the blood, contributing to mood levels and pain relief.
- Aids in regulating enzyme activity.
- Increased oxygen levels in the blood and a faster delivery of oxygen to the brain helps to improve concentration.
- Increased oxygen levels in muscle tissue contributes to greater energy during physical activity.
- Helps to speed up oxidation of serotonin in the blood, contributing to mood levels and pain relief.
- Aids in regulating enzyme activity.
- Improved blood circulation can reduce blood pressure.
- Promotes more efficient removal of toxins from the body.
- Regulation of the pH balance of bodily fluids.
As can be seen from the thermography test below, Rambo IONIC significantly enhance the wearer’s circulation. This increase in circulation may assist with the body’s ability to recover from injury and may help those who suffer from poor circulation.
From Horseware Ireland, created by William Micklem
The Rambo Micklem Multi-Bridle and Competition Bridle are award winning bridles carefully designed from the inside out by leading international coach, author and breeder, William Micklem. William is an amazing man who spent over 15 years perfecting these bridles which focus on both exceptional comfort for the horse and effective communication for the rider. His dynamic and innovative alternative to the traditional bridle is structured around the intricate anatomy of the horse's skull and specifically avoids pressure points which consistently cause discomfort using traditional headwear.
MULTI-BRIDLE AND COMPETITION BRIDLE: FEATURES UP CLOSE..
Both forms of the Micklem Bridle have a wide, padded headpiece which distributes the weight of the bridle evenly and comfortably over the poll. The headpiece, browband and noseband are softly padded for the horse's comfort, and carefully positioned straps are fitted to hold the bridle securely in place. ALL straps are carefully placed to avoid placing any inward pressure on sensitive areas of the horse's face. The leather cheek and nose pieces avoid critical areas such as the fragile facial bones, facial nerves and protruding upper jaw and molars. This clever design also minimises shifting of the bridle parts whilst the horse is in work.
Both Micklem bridles are made from high-quality, hand-rubbed leather and come in black and dark Havana brown. Two sets of bit straps and four tongue protection bit clips are included with the bridle.
Both the Micklem Multi-Bridle and the Micklem Competition bridle come with tongue protection bit clips. These clips are designed as part of a tongue protection system which relieves the pressure on the tongue and transfers pressure onto the nose. This can help horses with tongue pressure issues and horses who get their tongues over the bit, or stick their tongues out to the side. In addition to the above, bit clips have been found to help with horses that pull, as the weight is transferred onto the noseband which then acts as a combination noseband. Please check the rules and regulations of your equestrian discipline to check that the bit clips are legal for your specific event. Both bridles are FEI approved and are legal for use in NZEF Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing competition without bit clips.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions with regard to fitting your bridle. Keep in mind that the nosepiece should sit 2-3 inches above the horses mouth, with the cheekpieces passing just below the horses protruding cheekbones. When you're fitting your bridle, we suggest starting off by shortening the cheekpiece/nosepiece first, once this is correctly fitted (sitting above the fragile nose bone and just below the cheekbones on each side of the face) we shorten the bit straps and then fit the lower straps under the jaw and nose. Please note that neither of the lower straps should be tight, they should sit flush and are designed to allow for a small amount of movement in the mouth. If you find that your straps are not meeting or the bridle is sitting too low on the horses nose then you may need to adjust the size.
SIZING AND MEASUREMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Horses heads vary a great deal but a general guide to sizing is;
Pony 13.2HH and Lower
Small Horse/Cob 13.2HH up to 15.2HH Fine Head
Standard Horse 14.2HH Large Head to 16.3HH Fine Head
Large Horse 16.2HH Large Head and Higher
If you prefer to take a measurement to check your size requirements then measure the distance from the bottom point of the protruding cheek bone on one side of the head, to the bottom point of the protruding cheek bone on the other side of the head, going around the front of the head over the nose.
- Under 27 cm (10.6 inches) = Pony
- 27 - 29 cm (10.6 to 11.4 inches) = Small Horse
- 29 - 31 cm (11.4 to 12.2 inches) = Standard Horse
- 31 - 33 cm (12.2 inches to 13 inches) = Large Horse
"We just wanted to thank you so much for introducing us to the Micklem bridle. It has made such a difference to Bentley. From the very first time putting it on, Bentley instantly seemed so much more comfortable - in his previous bridle, just a normal caveson, he would dive down into the bridle when putting it on and lean on it when ridden, there was a constant battle of trying to get him off the forehand. There has been none of that with the Micklem, an overnight change. As a result, Bentley's flatwork has improved, his dressage scores have gone up and he's using his body beautifully over jumps. Thank you!!" Deborah and Samuel, Auckland.
My dressage boy has a long standing tongue over the bit habit. I did change the bit to a good old fashioned simple hollow mouth but recently I decided to lift the bit up a bit higher in the new bridle and added bit clips. He fussed a bit for a couple of rides but I'll be damned he's given up as he can't get his tongue over, so his fussing in the mouth is stopping slowly! I think the bit clips (which I only just thought to add) have helped him, of course can't compete in them but hopefully breaks his habit. Now I'm used to it the bridle it’s great! Easy to use. Most excited about it for kids to save ponies mouth while learning! Jenn G. West Melton