“A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care.”
The Sportz-Vibe ZX, made by Horseware, was at the top of my wishlist for quite some time & I was able to add it to my tack room in April 2019 thanks to my sponsor, Hinman Custom Performance.
The Sportz-Vibe ZX is a gentle, non-invasive 3-setting wireless massage blanket for horses. I know the benefits of having my horses worked on by Evyn Sharkey of Hevyn’s Touch Equine Massage & Sports Therapy; while I can't hold her hostage (& little Smudge dog, too) to love on all of the horses every day, this is the next best option!
The Sportz-Vibe is designed to be used before exercise to help reduce injury by increasing blood flow to muscles, tendons, & ligaments as well as after exercise to help with inflammation & to stimulate repair to damaged tissue. I can use up to 6 different massage panels at a time; these panels can be moved to target specific areas on the horse's body.
One of the significant benefits of the Sportz-Vibe is that the panels are set at a low Hertz, meaning that muscle tension will be reduced instead of being overworked. This way, I can use the blanket before riding without having a tired horse mid-session. The panels also alternate & vibrate intermittently to relax the muscles. By relaxing the muscles, blood flow is increased, helping with repair & recovery. Stiff, tight, & sore muscles have compromised blood flow.
I'm not going to lie, I got familiarized with it by testing it out on myself first. 😉 I love that the ZX version is wireless & holds a charge surprisingly well!
This has now become a near-weekly routine for client horses at Lexy Nuesch Horse Training.
My Sportz-Vibe travels with me to clinics for use before & after & participants have the option to purchase a session for their horses as well!
As you can see from the photos & videos below, the horses clearly enjoy their Sportz-Vibe sessions!
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