Hi-tech body suits enter the equine sphere

The new Hidez equine compression suit
Olympic eventer Stuart Tinney with Panamera in a Hidez suit.

Onlookers could be forgiven for thinking horses have entered the space race, but the cutting-edge full body suits have a more down to earth purpose.

The compression suits have been developed by an Australian firm to assist horses during travel and help them with recovery from exercise.

The suit’s inventor, Matthew Spice, says the suits are designed to reduce muscle vibration during travel and to enhance blood flow, which can reduce muscle soreness and speed recovery.

He is the director of Hidez, a company based in Windsor, New South Wales, which plans to market the suits in key equestrian markets.

He said he recognised that horses were athletes in their own right who, like their human counterparts, would benefit from a compression garment

Spice says the suits use a graduated compression system, which helps circulation and supplies more oxygen to muscle groups.

Resembling a second skin, the suits take just a couple of minutes to zip on, and Spice says they can be removed even faster. He describes the material as a special moisture management fabric, which keeps the equine wearer dry and comfortable.

Equine compression suits have been developed to assist horses during travel and help them with recovery from exercise.
Stuart Tinney's Orchard Hill.

They will be available in Australia and New Zealand in June and will be available at specialty equine retailers in the United States by June or July.

Hidez expects to have them available in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Asia before the London Olympics.

Spice says his company has worked on the design features with many trainers and equestrians, in particular Australian Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney.

Tinney said he first used one of the suits at the Alltech World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 on his horse, Vettori.

He says he uses a compression himself to recover from exercise and felt it might be equally useful for Vettori. He assessed the suits as a very useful recovery tool.

John McNair, trainer of the Australian Group 1 winner Hay List, regarded as one of the world’s best sprinter, is also a convert, believing the use of the suit had helped in the horse’s recovery from exercise and in travel.

“It doesn’t worry them,” McNair said. “They don’t take any notice of it once it has been on for a couple of minutes. It keeps them safe and stable.”

More information: www.hidez.com.au

The suits are designed to reduce muscle vibration during travel and to enhance blood flow, which can reduce muscle soreness and speed recovery.
Stuart Tinney with three of his horses suited up; from left, Pluto Mio, Panamera, and Orchard Hill.






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6 thoughts on “Hi-tech body suits enter the equine sphere

  • March 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    When will this be available in Canada? I want one for my mare and my trainer who went to the PAn Am last year would probably want one too!!!

  • March 26, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Does anyone know the science behind these, or if there is independent scientific research to back them up?

  • March 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    That’s awesome! Horses are athletes too and also get aches and pains. Good job.

  • March 28, 2012 at 4:03 am

    How long can they stay on for they would they be brill in winter as well for horses that fall off weight and condition with the cold and horses who are older and have arthritic joints

  • April 1, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Oh come ON! It may be April 1st in NZ but over here in the UK it isn’t until All Fools’ Day until tomorrow.

  • July 11, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Can’t find any independent research all seems to have been done by the company. Suspect they have been given to the well known riders promoting them, who are then presented as expert opinion. Hidez website did originally claim that these suits worked with lymphedema and greasy heel, this seemed highly unlikely, lymphedema requires something a lot more sophisticated, so I asked for information regarding this use, twice. Never got a reply but cannot find this on the website now. However, it does inevitably make you question other claims. Also, research into human use of the garments has produced conflicting results. Perhaps some of the claims are valid, but would want to see independent research backing these before parting with money, but unfortunately there are a lot of horse owners who arent so conservative and no doubt the suits will sell well!


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