Training Your Horse
The PROSIX is an elastic resistance training device for horses. Constructed of ventilated, woven, non-latex elastic, the PROSIX wraps the horse in a manner that creates a preferred level of isometric and concentric pressure against the horse’s body, utilizing the horse’s movement, and resulting in low impact muscular contraction exercises.
A key effect of this elastic resistance training is a measured improvement to the animal’s endurance, coordination, and strength in movement. The four interconnected bands of the PROSIX enhance proprioception, create increased awareness to muscle movements and posture, and reinforce security and confidence in the horse as it trains, exercises, and reconditions. Improvements in the horse’s structure and movement are sustained as the horse builds strength to maintain these improvements.
Important note: Because the PROSIX doesn’t restrict movement or force your horse a into position or limited frame, there is no “rebound effect” as observed with other training devices. A device that forces and fixes a horse’s head down, for example, may result in a horse that carries his head higher when the restrictive device is removed having developed opposing muscle during resistance to the device. The PROSIX does not create dependence wherein the horse leans into, braces, or depends on the product for straightness, posture, etc. but instead creates muscle and strength to continue in good frame and movement.
The Benefits of adding the PROSIX to your Training Program:
Improves proprioception for improved agility
Improves balance and weight distribution
Improves postural impairments, asymmetrical development
Creates a stronger core with focus on abdominal support for a stronger back and rounded top line
Decreases nervouness, distraction, spooking and avoidance behaviors; this improves focus and makes learning easier
Improves gaits; including length of stride when desired, better collection, better rhythm
Resistance bands add intensity to the workout, increases the effectiveness of the workout with less time, less repetition needed
Read our testimonials and see how trainers are using the PROSIX and what the have to say about it!
We recommend that you begin by observing your horse without the PROSIX. A baseline, or beginning assessment will help you see where improvement is needed. It is helpful to have someone assist you with the horse so that you are free to observe from all angles. Either free-lunge or have your horse on a lunge line. Start with the horse standing and move through his gaits as you assess the following:
Does his weight appear balanced? Are there posture issues you would like to improve? Does he carry his weight on the forehand or the hind quarters? Where is his highest point, his wither or his hip? When he walks or trots away from you can you see that he moves straight ahead or at an angle? Does he “two-track” or fail to follow front to back with his feet? Is he able to back easily and straight? Does he have flexibility to turn and bend? Does he work better in one direction; is he more at ease with clockwise or counter-clockwise? Do his hips appear to be the same height from the rear? Are his muscles symmetrical bilaterally or the same size and appearance right and left? Does he appear “connected” or demonstrate uncoordinated movement fore to hind?
Does he exhibit full and easy range of motion in his hips, shoulders, and other joints, or is does he seem stiff or short-strided? Is he fluid and graceful in his gaits, making easy transitions from movement to halting and resuming movement again? Are his gaits rhythmic and smooth or does his speed and length of stride vary during the same gait? Is his head balanced and quiet or high and used to keep his balance? Is his back relaxed and topline smooth or is his back “hollow” and tense? Tail set and centered, or used as a rudder to the inside or outside of a circle? Speeding up and leaning in on corners (motorcycling) to keep his balance? Any sign of lameness?
Does he drag his hind feet or lift and place them? Does he trip or stumble in front? Does he become winded or breathe hard after a circle or two? Is he refusing to work and requiring a lot of prodding or encouragement to keep him moving? This is not a complete list, just some ideas to begin your observations. Make notes of concerns you may have or issues you’d like to address with training. Now you have a baseline or place to start. Put your PROSIX on the horse and begin to “build a better horse”!
Note: Video is a valuable tool for documenting your horse’s progress. We recommend video because you can watch repeatedly and subtle things become more obvious. Slow motion viewing is amazing! Video can be a good way to share any concerns with your trainer, veterinarian, farrier, chiropractor or other professional.
Once you have a baseline assessment, place the PROSIX on your horse and reassess. The difference can be remarkable even in those first minutes wearing the PROSIX. The PROSIX is not a “quick fix”. It will support your horse as it helps him build muscle over time that will enable him to carry himself in better posture, with better coordination of movement. The PROSIX calms, focuses, and secures…your horse is “better” the moment you put it on him.
Most of the horses in the videos on our website were filmed for before and after comparisons. The horses wore a PROSIX for the first time, for MINUTES! The improvements you can see are immediate, not after months of training. With repeated use, horses continue to strengthen and tone and the results to posture and appearance are visible even when standing.
Let the resistance of the PROSIX create work for those muscles he may not have used recently. As the muscles work, heat is generated, bringing increased blood flow to those muscles; this increases elasticity in the muscle. The increase in work created by the resistance in the straps makes your workouts more intense, more effective, with less time spent, and less repetitions needed. Knowing this, we encourage you to watch your horse for signs of fatigue. The most effective exercise is done with varying speeds, varying intensity, and varied periods of time. Let the horse walk frequently to stretch and rest during exercise. There is no training plan that will fit even “most” horses, as each is unique. Start slow and build slowly to avoid straining or soreness to joints or muscles. Exercise with and occasionally without the PROSIX as the horse progresses.
Why do we recommend you start training from the ground?
Ideally, the horse would be balanced, and straight, and strong, and carrying his own weight properly before you added the weight of a rider. His back would be supple and strong, relaxed and without tension or pain before you added a saddle. Many riders instinctively try to balance and assist an off-balance horse. Teach your horse to maintain balance; give him the strength and agility to do this. Are you “micro-managing” your horse’s every move? When you train with the PROSIX you will be amazed how much more enjoyable riding can be!