Seelster Farms Inc, Lucan, ON
To Equi-Line Mfg, please find attached pictures of our new indoor Equi-Ciser™. We are very impressed with it's performance and have received many compliments on it's design and layout. Our Equi-Ciser™ was installed by Pat Benn of Inline Fence Co. We will be putting a gallery of photos of our new Equi-Ciser™ on our website very soon. Thanks a lot
Wadsworth Farm, Danvers, Massachusetts
Our Dressage Farm, with 35 Horses, makes excellent use of the Equi-Ciser™, which has become a routine part of keeping our horses fit, both mentally and physically. Dov Glucksman
Hillcrest Farm, RR. #1 Schomberg, Ontario L0G 1T0 Canada
Dear Equi-Line Mfg, I am really impressed with this piece of equipment, it has already saved me countless man hours and I am finding new uses for it everyday. For example, I have a young Thoroughbred off the track who always comes out a little bit up, so I let him walk for an hour before I ride him and then I find that when I get on him he is relaxed and ready to concentrate. Also, the other day, I had our vet over to look at a horse that I felt wasn't trotting out properly. We put him on the machine and let him trot both ways and could detect a subtle lameness to the left and we were able to deal with that. I have used walkers for over twenty years and there really isn't any comparison between this machine and the conventional walkers. Best regards for the New Year.
Cottonwood Creek Ranch, 400 Redcliff Drive Redding, California
Dear Equi-Line Mfg, Here at Cottonwood Creek Ranch we have found the Equi-Ciser™ to be a vital tool for our horse operation. We have been able to use it on all classes of horses, from mares with foals at side to our most spirited stallions. It seems to give all horses the opportunity to be exercised in a controlled way with almost no previous training necessary. The built-in safety cut-off features allow personnel to be occupied with other tasks while horses are being exercised, thus saving valuable man hours. We have also found that horses can be safely cooled out, giving opportunity to ride other animals simultaneously. In well over a year's usage there have been no accidents associated with the use of the Equi-Ciser™. That is a remarkable record in comparison with other horse exercising equipment available. We would heartily recommend the Equi-Ciser™ as a valuable aid for any horse operation.
Brookwood , 3166 Twin Oaks Valley Road North San Marcos,CA 92069
Dear Equi-Line Mfg, Since we have installed the Equi-Ciser™ in January we have found that all of our horses are doing very very well and coming along. It is the most valuable piece of equipment on our property. I thoroughly believe that if you are in the horse business you must have such equipment. (For you are only as good as your horses and equipment!) The therapeutic value is superior to anything I have experienced in my profession or my 30 years of working with horses. The young horse learns to utilize their minds by having to concentrate and listen. This is extremly beneficial for them. The horses in competition should have a slow gradual training regime which will prevent leg, repiratory, cardiovascular or overall problems. This machine provides for a more complete fitness for horses of all disciplines, by ensuring that the horses have an adequate amount of time before they are ridden. (You can't wreck'm if you don't ride'm!) As a training tool for the trainer this is probably the most important and cost effctive piece of equipment that you will have at your command. Many thanks for your guidance and assistance in purchasing and operating this fine piece of equipment.
Showplace Farms, August 12, 1999
Dear Equi-Line Mfg: I am writing to tell you how pleased we are with your Equi-Ciser™. After looking at all the machines on the market I was so impressed with your Equi-Ciser™ that we purchased two for you to install here. As you know, we are a training facility for Standardbread Race Horses with over 200 clients here on the farm. Since we put the machines in on March of '99 we have not had a single time slot that has not been rented. Your construction and ease of operation is evident in the number of clients that use this machine daily without a single incident. We have over 140 horses a day on the two machines and all of our tenants are extremely satisfied. If the success continues as it seems to be, I feel a third machine is on the horizon. You have treated our account in a skilled and professional manner, with your attention to service second to none. I hope to continue to do business with you on this wonderful venture of yours the Equi-Ciser™.
Mill Ridge Farm Ltd, July 27, 1998
To Whom It May Concern, The Equi-Ciser™ has been in use at our farm since our purchase of the machine in February of 1997. We have found that the Equi-Ciser™ is a safe and effective means of conditioning our high quality bloodstock. In addition to utilizing the machine for sales prep of yearlings, we exercise our stallions, including Gone West in the Equi-Ciser™.
Jerry Bailey Training Stable,
Dear Equi-Line Mfg: In order to successfully operate and maintain a training facility of this calibre, I am always looking for leading edge methods to save time and money as well as to stay competitive and on top. When we acquired the Equi-Ciser™, I was able to accomplish all of these goals. The Equi-Ciser™ has become an essential part of our training operations. We are impressed with both its effectiveness and versatility. There are a variety of uses for the machine. Those which are most important to us include its aid in training for the races and in preparing yearlings for sales. To us, one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a machine is the service availability once the machine is installed and in use. Equi-Line Mfg's level of customer service in delivering, installing and following installation of the machine has been excellent. Once the machine is up and running, it becomes a necessity through constant use. Our facility would not be able to function as efficiently and effectively without one. As a satisfied customer, I highly recommend the Equi-Ciser™ to other equine facilities.
Sher-Al Farms, RR#5 LCD Main Orangeville, ON L9W 2Z2 CANADA
Dear Equi-Line Mfg, Fitness in competition horses is a critical component. These equine athletes must be as fit as possible, helping to prevent injury, my Equi-Ciser has helped to give my horse that level of fitness. I highly recommend anyone interested in performing at the top of your ability to make the Equi-Ciser part of your routine, for it has brought my horses to the top of theirs. March 30, 2001
Gordon Norris Stable, 5318 Stow Road Fowlerville, MI 48836
Around two weeks ago, the power train on our Equi-Ciser™ broke. You promised us you would have the part for the machine here by Tuesday, May 30, 2000. Well, I was skeptical at first about it, being a holiday weekend and all. When the part arrived at our farm on Tuesday, May 30, 2000, I was very surprised and happy. Our stable cannot thank you and the Equi-Line Mfg company enough for the great service and thinking about our stable. We have a 60-horse stable, so the Equi-Ciser™ is a big part in our daily routine. It is refreshing to know there is still a company you can depend on. June 1, 2000
Hidden Pines Farm,
Dear Equi-Line Mfg, Just want to thank Equi-Line Mfg for coming down here and helping to install the Equi-ciser™. I didn't get a chance to thank him that day. The machine is outperforming my expectations and I am very confident that my horses will run well off it, and it will pay for itself many times over. Feel free to give my name and number as a reference should the need arise. April 11, 2001
Pin Oak Stud, P.O. Box 68 Versailles, Kentucky 40383
I have found that the exerciser has become a major part of our daily exercise program for sales and for pre-breaking yearlings. I also have found it to play a major role in keeping our layup horses fit by doing some light training during their time off from racing. I have used this machine more than I ever imagined I would. February 22, 1996
Dear Equi-Line Mfg: After having recently purchased the Equi-Ciser™, I felt it necessary to convey my sincerest thanks. The knowledge and expertise that you displayed with the product and during the demonstration was extremely beneficical. You were thorough and well prepared. It has made using it an absolute pleasure. I am pleased to say that we have had 6 horses exercising at the same time. The horses have shown pronounced improvement and confirmation in muscle groups. It is simple to use and our horses are definitely benefiting from it. I highly recommend the Equi-Ciser™ to any owner or trainer. To see nearly immediate results is astounding. I have never been as pleased with anything as I am with the Equi-Ciser™. We are here in Northeastern PA, and I welcome anyone interested in it to come and see it personally. August 2, 2001
Grimshaw Training Stables, Alberta
An Interview with Jason Grimshaw - Grimshaw Training Stables, Alberta The equine industry grew out of man's love for horses. Owners and trainers involved in the equine industry put in long hours and are completely dedicated to their animals. If they are lucky, they may find a prizewinner in their stable and a fraction of the high cost of maintaining their stables will be reduced. Championship animals are rare and most horse owners don't get back what they put into training. With labour costs for trainers and owners quickly cutting into the bottom line, how does the common owner/trainer keep these necessary costs at a minimum to make a profit? The solution – The Equi-Ciser™. Horse exercisers lower the cost of training. The Equi-Ciser™ allows multiple horses to be exercised at the same time under the supervision of a single trainer, thus eliminating the need for additional barn hands and multiple trainers. Some facilities using the Equi-Ciser™ have reduced their labour costs by up to 50%. "Before we purchased the Equi-Ciser™ from Equi-Line Mfg we just rode our horses everyday," said Jason Grimshaw of Grimshaw Training Stables. "Now it allows us to train up to seven horses at a time and we have cut back on staff significantly." The Equi-Ciser™ increases the value of a horse by building stronger muscles and increasing their overall condition. With the adjustable speed settings on the Equi-Ciser™, horses can be conditioned for better performance. The Equi-Ciser™ burns up horses' wild energy allowing for a calmer, more focused animal during training. The Equi-Ciser™ is also used as a training tool whereby horses can be saddled and bit-up, allowing for a much "softer" ride, as well as help rehabilitate injuries. "After starting with the Equi-Ciser™ our horses have had a better temperament and are in much better condition to compete," said Grimshaw, the 1999 AQHA Working Cow Horse World Champion, 2000 Canada Cup Champion, and 2001 USET-Nationscup Double Gold Medallist. "Our horses are stronger, more fit and are always ready to train." The Equi-Ciser™ is a great tool to aid in the preparation of horses for sale. A nicely toned well-manned yearling can demand a much higher price on today's market. "We have definitely seen an increase in profit as a result of our decision to purchase an Equi-Ciser™," says Grimshaw. "The yearlings look better and are more socially accepting. One major advantage of the Equi-Ciser™ as opposed to the hot walker is the safety factor. Horses are not drug by their necks and posture development problems do not occur with the free-run exerciser. The horses exercise in a natural state, allowing natural development of muscles, improved respiratory function, and have a stress free environment to develop in. "The service we've received from Equi-Line Mfg on our Equi-Ciser™ has been excellent," said Grimshaw. "Any barn without an Equi-Ciser™ is at a serious disadvantage."
Rutgers University, NJ
An Interview with Dr. Karyn Malinowski – Rutgers University, NJ Finding the time in a day to accomplish everything you'd like to can rarely be done in these busy times. In the equestrian training field finding the time in a single day to properly exercise each individual equine athlete can be impossible without sending labor costs through the roof. For many years it was the horse that suffered as a result of a stable's time management issues. Simply not exercising horses on a daily basis is a lot less inexpensive than paying ranch hands and trainers to jog them daily and soon became the norm for many stables in North America. "We don't ride our horses enough," said Dr. Karyn Malinowski, head of equine research at Rutgers University. Malinowski is leading the first study to date at Rutgers University on long-term horse exercise and conditioning and her preliminary findings are pointing to regular aerobic exercise as the key to a stronger equine athlete. "It's not just for race horses, regular aerobic exercise," said Malinowski. "Some degree of aerobic fitness is needed for all horses to perform to their genetic potential." Malinowski has already seen the benefits of regular aerobic exercise at the early stages of her study. She has already observed older horses to be gaining muscle tone and stamina and are keeping up with horses ten years younger due to their regular exercise routine. "By the time a horse is between 15 and 20 years-old their ability to perform aerobically is in need of enhancement," said Malinowski. "Through regular exercise I'm seeing the 15 year-olds running with the 5-year olds." Another positive side-effect Malinowski has discovered during the research is the ability to condition a horse through regular exercise. Conditioning will occur when a handler safely raises the intensity level of exercise a horse gets in a day. Similar to humans, muscle tone can be built up in horses from progressive exercises and their overall physical potential can be maximized in competition. "Horses that we show aren't fit," says Malinowski. "The horses that have a higher aerobic fitness level do their jobs better." The benefits of regular exercise for an equine athlete are great but still require a lot of commitment and labor on the part of the trainer. A horse needs approximately an hour of exercise each day, and with a large stable on a limited training budget it, may not be feasible to exercise horses all day long. To combat the problem of time management, Malinowski and her helpers have been using the Equi-Ciser™, a free-run horse exerciser, to conduct their research since January 2001. "There is no way I could jog 18 horses a day," said Malinowski. "But with the Equi-Ciser™, we are able to jog all our horses in a day." One person can monitor up to six horses on the Equi-Ciser™ being used at Rutgers University and labor costs, in turn, are greatly reduced. Conditioning a horse becomes easily achievable through adjustable speed settings. "You can use the Equi-Ciser™ to observe your horses while they run," says Malinowski. "Too often people jog their horses and don't get to see how they're running." Through the use of heart monitors Malinowski has been able to observe a definite rise in horse conditioning directly related to the use of the Equi-Ciser™. "The heart monitors are showing me that these horses are getting much more fit after prolonged exposure to the Equi-Ciser™," said Malinowski. In her early findings Malinowski has seen the attitudes of the horses change. Malinowski's observations also showed an increase in the overall happiness of the horses being used in the project. "Being a horsemen you can just see the difference in the attitude of the horses after they have been exercising regularly," said Malinowski. Malinowski's research sees her using many different breeds as well as many different age groups of horses. She sees no disadvantage of long-term conditioning with any of the particular breeds or age groups, but has observed that certain sport industries could benefit from conditioning more than others. "The industry, regardless of breed or sport will see the benefits of using the Equi-Ciser™. But I could see the Thoroughbred industry doing very well with incorporating regular aerobic exercise," said Malinowski. One problem many equine sport industries face is animal deterioration. Joints and tendons deteriorate with time on any horse or human. Highly active equine athletes deteriorate at a greater rate than pleasure horses. Malinowski is finding that with controlled aerobic exercise a horse can slow down the deterioration process significantly. "It's just like us humans, we need to exercise and eat better as we get older to maintain our health," says Malinowski. "It is the same thing with equestrian athletes. They need regular exercise to slow down aging related deterioration." Free run horse exercisers, such as the Equi-Ciser™ will soon become widespread amongst the equine industry Malinowski predicts. Current trends in training seem to be pointing towards the acceptance of exerciser machines. "As the industry begins to measure body-fat on their horses, they'll soon accept this type of machine and training," says Malinowksi, "because the better muscle tone a horse has the better it will perform." The Equi-Ciser™, like that is being used at Rutgers University, is what is needed to safely condition equine athletes. Treadmills and walkers don't compare in training advantages that the Equi-Ciser™ offers. "We actually burned out a treadmill trying to use it as an exerciser," said Malinowski. "Treadmills just don't compare to our Equi-Ciser™." Malinowski is still in the process of conducting her study on long-term conditioning and continues to use her Equi-Ciser™ everyday to conduct research. Although her initial conclusions related to horse exercisers and aerobic fitness are more than noteworthy, she hopes her completed study will be groundbreaking. "Ultimately I want to make a better equine athlete," said Malinowski.