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Horse and Dog Massage Therapy: Horseware’s Sportz-Vibe

Horse and dog massage therapy may sound like a very expensive and strange trip to the spa. However, this technology is not administered in a dressing gown by the pool. In fact, it is new technology that is bound to increase your animals health and happiness. The Sportz-Vibe massage therapy range from Horseware was developed for both horses and dogs to aid warm up before exercise, and recovery/treatment after. Horse and dog massage therapy has been proven to help muscle warm up and tendon recovery.



The Sportz-Vibe Massage Therapy Horse Rug is comfortable, portable and lightweight. It helps to warm up the horse’s muscles before exercise and ease soreness and stiffness afterwards, and is ideal for maintaining muscular well-being throughout the year.

The rug is constructed in a fully breathable advanced fabric that incorporates ring spun brushed polyester and anti-static technology, and features a detachable hood. It comes with 4 removable massaging panels that work alternately on either side of your horse’s back, and it fastens underneath with elasticated cross surcingles, meaning the panels fit securely onto your horse.



The massaging effect increases blood flow to muscles, tendons and ligaments, making them more elastic and therefore reducing the risk of injury. The massage action is gentle enough that it won’t overwork your horse’s muscles, but will effectively reduce muscle tension and promote healing. It encourages the lymph system to move, helping to drain inflammation and stimulate repair to damaged tissue. The increase of blood flow also helps bring oxygen and nutrients to the area, which can speed up the healing process. This can be particularly helpful for horses suffering from from long term muscular back problems.

Benefits of using the Sportz-Vibe;

– Reduces pain
– Improves blood supply to tissue
– Relaxes muscles
– Reduces inflammation
– Improves quality of life


There are four areas in which the vibration panels can be positioned; Neck, shoulders, centre back and hind quarters (please see image above for placement), allowing you to tailor the treatment as needed. Extra and replacement panels are available seperately, but please note it is not recommended to use more than 4 panels at the same time in any one session.

There are two treatment settings, both of which run for 20 minutes and then switch off automatically. The rug can be used up to 3 times a day.

Setting 1: Ideal for warm up, recovery after exercise and rehabilitation. Reduces muscle tension allowing blood flow to return to the muscle, helping to reduce lactic acid buildup and stimulate repair.

Setting 2: Only for use if your horse has no physical issues. Reduces muscle tension and helps create heat in the muscles, making it an ideal setting for use before you ride or as a treatment for general well-being.

The adjustable front closure and elasticated surcingles allows one rug to treat 3 different sizes/builds of horse, and the rug is supplied in 3 sizes; Small, Medium and Large (please see size guide below).

Once the panels and rechargable batteries are removed the rug can be machine washed at 30 degrees, and drip dried after.



With each rug you’ll get everything you need for treatment;

– 4 massage panels
– 1 rechargable battery (lasts up to 3 hours and includes built-in battery level indicator)
– 4 panel cables
– Universal battery charger
– Lightweight, breathable sheet and neck piece


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The Sportz-Vibe Massage Therapy Dog Rug works in much the same way as the one for horses, helping to boost circulation. It can be used for high performance dogs as a warm up, or as a recovery blanket to help ease soreness and stiffness after long work-outs. It can be used on dogs of all ages that may be suffering from back problems or hip conditions.

Use of the dog rug has the same benefits as that of the horse rug.



The Sportz-Vibe Massage Therapy Dog Rug helps to increase circulation to your dog’s back and hips. The increase in blood flow makes tendons and ligaments more elastic and helps bring oxygen and nutrients to the area. Massage also helps to reduce inflammation by stimulating the lymphatic system to remove toxins.

Use of the dog rug has the same benefits as that of the horse rug.



There’s no worry that the Sportz-Vibe won’t fit your pooch as it comes in an array of sizes, from X Small to XXX Large, so there’s a great fit available for everyone!


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