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What is graduated compression?
It is a type of compression that is applied to the muscles, where there is greater pressure at the extremities and then gradually easing off at the top of one’s limb and again at the top of the torso. This process forces fluids that tend to pool back up and out of the limbs and back into circulation.
Is there any proof that gradient compression will help my animal?
We have done many trials with HIDEZ over the years. People who have used the HIDEZ suits have experienced great results with their animals. From Veterinarians, Trainers, Harness Racing Trainers, Endurance riders, top rodeo athletes and Olympic gold medalists all competing in national and international events.
What does the HIDEZ recovery suit do?
HIDEZ recovery suits do a number of things. Mainly it’s designed to enhance blood flow back to the heart from the extremities (lower limbs), It will help supply more oxygen to muscles (enhance muscle activity), flush out waste products from blood supplies (e.g. lactic acids) and stop muscles from the effects of vibration (reduces DOMS). All of which will help reduce recovery times. The compression suit releases endorphins to help promote focus. The increased blood flow will not only help your horse recover, but also prepare your horse for work. The increased circulation from wearing the suit will keep the muscles loose and warm, reducing the risk of injury.
Are HIDEZ designed to be used during transport (Air, road or other means)?
Yes . We have had horses travel long distances in their HIDEZ suits, by road across Australia and by Air across the globe.Including BLACK CAVIARS 36 hour return flight from Melbourne to Ascot. We recommend using the suit on long hauls as the suit prevent stocking up, pooling of fluid in the legs, and delayed onset muscle soreness. Your horse will come off the trailer feeling good.
How do HIDEZ support muscles in transport?
When travelling the animal’s muscles vibrate and shake around uncontrollably, causing microfiber tears in the muscles which allows the enzyme creatine kinase (CK) to leak in and break down muscle cells causing cramping and travel fatigue. The HIDEZ suits are cut and sewn in a specific way, using our distinct seams that act as anchor points to help wrap the muscles holding them firm against the body stopping muscle vibration.
Won’t my animal get hot travelling in their HIDEZ suit?
No, provided there is sufficient ventitalion, HIDEZ suits help maintain muscle temperatures. If it is hot, the HIDEZ suit will keep the animal cool and if it is cold, the HIDEZ suit will help keep the animal warm.
How do HIDEZ help muscles?
Animals muscle feel more fatigued when they vibrate. HIDEZ suits are constructed in a way that holds them very tight against the animal’s body in the right places, to help reduce vibration and improve muscle focus & proprioception (awareness). The increased circulation keeps the muscle warm and supple to handle the stressors of riding and working. This reduces the risk of injury. The increased circulation also reduces recovery time and aids increases the longevity of your horse.
Can HIDEZ help to prevent an injury?
Yes. When HIDEZ are worn during transport, the compressive effect prevents muscles from vibration & overextending (which can cause injury). Also HIDEZ can be worn before exercise warming up muscle and reduce the risk of muscle stress.
Can Hidez help with medical conditions?
The increased oxygenation and circulation provided by HIDEZ is an excellent way of relieving a range of medical complaints including travel fatigue, muscle fatigue, lymphedema, and Ty-up. It also helps to improve circulation during pregnancy, or after an operation.
Are Hidez restrictive when worn?
No. HIDEZ suits are firm fitting, but they don't restrict movement in limbs or muscles
Will HIDEZ keep my animal dry?
Yes. Our moisture management fabrics moves moisture away from your skin to the outside of the HIDEZ garment where it evaporates - so your animals hide remains dry.
When should HIDEZ be worn?
- During transport
- Before exercise or competition
- As a recovery aid after exercise or competition
- When recovering from injury or surgery
Can HIDEZ be worn for long periods of time?
Yes. HIDEZ are designed to help with the effect of travel sickness, muscle fatigue, and ty-up,plus speed up the recovery time of injuries. The HIDEZ suit can be left on for extended periods of time, provided the animal is in a standing position and secured, or being lead. Do not use suits overnight or allow the horse to lay down in the suits as the horse can catch the armpit of the suit with the hind legs and rip it. There is no danger to the horse laying down in the suit, just the risk that the suit can be damaged by the horse stepping and ripping the suit.
How to wash HIDEZ?
Zip up the suit or socks, cold water wash. DO NOT DRY! Air Dry only.
How long will they last?
Obviously this depends on how you take care of your HIDEZ suit, how often you use them and how often you wash them.
What does nearside and offside mean?
Nearside means the left side of an animal, and offside means the right side of an animal. Nearside and offside is the British terminology for left and right.