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- Product Code: SS2134
- Brand: Equilibrium
By securing the stirrup iron to the girth in a safe and subtle way, the Equilibrium Symmetry Straps help riders develop a feel for the correct leg position in the saddle and to train the body to be able to adopt and easily maintain this position.
The Symmetry Straps incorporate an in-built safety release system making them ideal for use in training for all equestrian disciplines.
How One Horse Changed the Lives of Thousands of Horses
We talk to Margaret Donnelly, Timmy’s owner and founder of Equilibrium Products to find out the story behind the brand.
It All Started with a Head Shaker. ‘I bought Timmy as an un-backed two year old in Ireland. I just fell in love with him! He was backed as a 3/4 year old, and was always a fantastic horse. Out of the blue, as a 5 year old, it started becoming clear that he had developed a violent reaction when ridden, where he was tossing his head, trying to strike his nose with his front leg, rearing up, he was snorting continually.
To ride a horse who suffers from head shaking, it’s awful. The more you go on, the worse it gets.
I had some people saying ‘He’s just being resistant, he’s just being naughty’, ‘push him on’. But I knew – you couldn’t have a horse that had been fantastic to ride and hack, never put a foot wrong, suddenly turn out to be un-rideable.
The Product that Changed Timmy’s Future.
I knew there had to be a physical reason for it, I just didn’t know what it was. And no one did back then. I think previous to that, most head shakers used to be retired, or put down.
So working in product development for all of my career, I was used to having a problem, and trying to solve it. I got out my sewing machine and started making a few things for him. After a few weeks of trying different things, I found this very rough mesh that basically, with a close fit, worked the best for him. I noticed he liked to wriggle his nose against it, so it almost provided like a little scratching pad for him.
I can imagine that for him, it’s a bit like if our nose was really really itchy, but someone had tied your hands behind your back, how would you relieve that itch? We would get very frustrated, agitated and very cross!
So I found a solution for my horse, I was so delighted! I was being faced with making a decision for my horse that no one wants to make that decision. As it was though, he went on to be a fabulous dressage horse, who didn’t really ever miss a Regional Championships. He got to the National Championships and was placed 10th – just got in the ribbons! But he’s just been a great horse, he’s still with us today in his 20’s and he has his little niggles, but he’s comfortable and enjoying life. But they way I look at it is that he’s had 20+ more years of life than he would have had if I hadn’t have come up with the Net Relief Muzzle Net.