Great News! The Le Tixerant Comfort Girth is back!

And to the relief and enthusiasm of many Le Tixerant fans – they can be ordered at Just Equus!  The quality is back to its original level, and for the dressage style – the color of the elasticated part is now black like the leather ends.  Here is some information about the Le Tixerant Girth for those who are not familiar with it yet:

 “In cooperation with a major medical textile company in France, The Le Tixerant Comfort Girth was developed to allow freedom of movement for the horse, while keeping the saddle in place. A special patented material sewn into the middle of the girth expands, giving comfort to the horse, easier breathing and movement for the chest area. Scientific studies have proven that a tightened girth inhibits optimum performance of a horse. Specifically, a rigid girthing affects the respiratory function and compresses the muscles, thereby reducing the blood flow and supply of oxygen. This can result in contractures, spasms, impaired action, reduced power, uneven gaits, defense reactions and refusals. The solution is a girth designed to move with the horse. The Tixerant Comfort Girth is radical in its simplicity, incorporating a wide centre section of a technical material made by Gibaud (a medical textile company) the girth offers a high capacity for elongation, allowing your horses’ ribs to expand and contract without any restriction. This unique elastic panel also covers a much larger area of your horses belly than usual to reduce pressure and virtually eliminate the risk of pinching. Yet, despite the elasticity, it keeps the saddle in place more effectively than a standard girth, due to an integrated non-slip pad on the inside, positioned over the sternum to keep the saddle centralized and fully secure.”

For most horses – the Le Tixerant provides welcome relief while allowing for a very stabilized saddle without overtightening of the girth.  We do not recommend it for extremely forward girth grooves, or ponies as it is a wider design.

I research the products we sell at Just Equus and my collection of girths has grown over the years.  My horse is a perfect test subject as she has an opinion about everything and expresses herself well.  My horse made it clear that the Le Tixerant was her girth of choice.  On switching back to a traditional leather girth or a couple other test girths I have tried on her, she has turned to stare at me and then the girth as if to say “uhmmm, this is the wrong girth, please use the right one.”..   Then she takes this big breath as if to say – look I can’t breathe like I can in MY girth.  It is true, the Le Tixerant allows for more expansion of the rib cage without sacrificing stability.  I do believe there are other wonderful girths that will be appropriate for different horses’ needs, but the Le Tixerant is clearly my horse’s favorite.

Order yours at Just Equus.

Le Tixerant Comfort Dressage Girth - now comes in all Black

Le Tixerant Comfort Jumping Girth comes in Dark Brown or Light Brown Leather.

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FAR Infrared Therapy – What is it? How does it work?

“HEAL WITH FAR INFRARED THERAPY”

by Melanie Grimes,  homeopath, medical writer, teacher of Homeopathy, editor of integrative journal “Simillimum”.

“Far Infrared Therapy utilizes light wavelengths below the frequency of visible red light. Though the light is not visible to the human eye, it can be felt as heat. Used in radiant heating units in homes, Far Infrared (FIR) penetrates below the skin and can be used as a medical therapy.

Medical Uses of Far Infrared Therapy
FIR therapy is light or heat therapy that has been found to increase blood flow and white blood cell function. FIR light helps remove toxins from the body and speeds the healing of tissues. FIR increases the metabolic rate and stimulates the hypothalamus. The FDA has approved far infrared lights to warm newborn infants in hospitals. The toxins in silicon breast implants may be removed by use of FIR therapy. FIR therapy creates a low fever state, with a one to three degree rise in body temperature. This stimulates the production of white blood cells and killer T cells, thereby improving immunity.

Diseases Treated by Far Infrared Therapy
Many diseases respond to FIR therapy. Arthritis, bursitis and rheumatism are improved by the heat element. Far infrared helps burn calories and reduce obesity. FIR has been shown to reduce symptoms of Raynaud’s syndrome, Lupus, and Chronic Fatigue.

Mechanism of Healing in Far Infrared
The human body is capable of absorbing infrared light wavelengths between 3 and 50 microns. The most beneficial have been found to be the waves between 6 and 14 microns, with the best absorption rate at 9.4 microns. The light rays penetrate into the body to a depth of three inches, providing deep heating to muscles and organs…

To read full article please go to NaturalNews.com…

I have included this information because I found it very helpful to understand how FAR Infrared Therapy works and its benefits are delivered.

And how a therapeutic product such a the Draper Therapy Products (for Horses, Pets, & People) can be of benefit.
See related article on Draper Therapy Products.

Visit this link to Shop Draper Therapy Products

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Products On the Cutting Edge: Draper Equine Therapy Products

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Draper Therapy Products are providing revolutionary therapeutic wear for horses, pets & people. 

Light & FAR Infrared Therapy is delivered simply by wearing Draper Therapy Products.   It may sound too good to be true, but clinically tested results have been increased blood flow, increased tissue oxygenation, and improved healing conditions with reduction of pain.

The key is in the smart fiber called Celliant which is incorporated into a range of Draper Fabrics that are specified for each sportswear item’s unique needs. 

All Draper Therapy Products are made of the technologically advanced, clinically proven, medical standard, Celliant.  

Celliant® is the world’s most technologically advanced fiber that is a proprietary blend of minerals which have been extruded into a polyester fiber. Celliant encourages not only alleviation of pain and other negative symptoms, but an actual improvement of the body’s natural systems. Celliant’s oxygen studies were done independently by three separate doctors and all tests came to the same conclusion, that Celliant increases tissue oxygen levels which has been shown to increase performance, relieve pain and improve muscle recovery.

A separate study has also shown a statistically significant reduction in pain associated with diabetic neuropathy, arthritis and other conditions caused by poor blood circulation. One key mineral in Celliant is titanium dioxide which is photocatalytic, or light absorbing mineral. Electromagnetic energy given off by the body is absorbed (typically in the infrared and visible light ranges) and then reemitted into the body with modified wavelengths. This energy is then able to reach more deeply into the tissue due to the increased refraction and light scattering properties of the minerals in Celliant than it would have otherwise. In the tissue, the energy vasodilates blood vessels and allows more oxygenated blood flow to reach poorly circulating areas. The increased blood flow and tissue oxygen levels help muscles and joints combat stiffness, soreness and edema caused by aging, injury or arthritis.

View Video Link on Celliant

Products containing Celliant have no adverse effects as they work directly with the body to enable it to be more effective and as such can be used continually. Celliant is NOT a coating. As such, it never washes out of the fabric. The fiber is also non-toxic and biologically benign. It works with the body to help it do what it does naturally. All Draper Therapies products are made in the USA.

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Many satisfied users have described the effects of better oxygenation on the body. More recently, the beneficial effects of Celliant fabric materials have been measured in a series of clinical studies, first among diabetics, then among healthy subjects. This is important because technologies like hyperbaric oxygen chambers claim to improve oxygen levels by causing you to breathe-in air richer in oxygen, but typical blood cells are already 95-100% saturated with oxygen when they reach their destination.

For more Information on FAR Infrared Therapy view this article.

Celliant Clinical Studies Link

Draper Therapy Products quality and style are as compelling as their therapeutic benefits.
We were very excited to be able to offer the Draper Therapy Product Line;  not only did they incorporate clinically proven & effective medically used textiles in their products, but the designs and workmanship of products that we received have consistently gone beyond our expectations.  In short, the quality of design and workmanship are unexcelled.

To see the range of  Draper Products visit this link.

For Horses                                                                       For Pets & People too!

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See this SPECIAL OFFER on Draper Therapy Products here!

Jon Ingram rides in the Draper Western Saddle Pad.

Hear what he has to say about their products.

Another satisfied Draper Fan, Selena O’Hanlon, Canadian Eventing Olympian..

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Draper Advisory Board Member, Selena O’Hanlon and the Canadian Eventing Team win the Team Gold Medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Cealy Tetley, no copyright infringement intended)

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Used FHOENIX SOFT-TREE SADDLES For Sale

USED FHOENIX SOFT-TREE SADDLES FOR SALE.

These are privately owned saddles,  straight sales/no demo rides unless otherwise noted.  In order to convey full condition of saddle we can email the photo collection of the saddle you are interested in.  We recommend you be familiar with the models so that you know how they work for you and your horse.  For more information on any of the items listed below, Contact Karen:

  • Vogue Dressage – Mark II Saddle, 18″, Black color in all Soft Italian Leather, with 18″ scooped seat (fits slightly larger than the standard 18″ seat), & slightly shorter flaps.  1.5 years old.  Excellent Condition with minimal wear.  Comes with standard fittings: Standard Foam Panel Inserts, Small Knee Rolls & a Fhoenix Saddle Cover.   The Mark II is better suited for more sport horse type back shapes rather than full backed/baroque back shapes.

                 Asking $1,950.  Will furnish more photos, and is a straight sale – no demos.

Vogue Mark II in all Soft Italian Leather, scoop seat, and shorter flap.

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  • Vogue GPS Saddle (all purpose) Package includes used EE Wither Shim Pad.   Excellent condition – light wear,  18″ Black All Purpose model, 18″ Size, All Soft Italian Leather.      Was Asking $2,100 NEW PRICE!  $1,400! Firm.   SOLD

used 'Vogue GPS - Mark I' - in beautiful condition

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  • Vogue Dressage Saddle, 18″, Havana color in Soft Italian Leather with Suede Seat, w/ decorative stitching on flaps.  1.5 years old.  Excellent Condition with regular wear.  Was used regularly for about 9 months.    Asking $2,100.

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Contact Karen if you are interested in any particular saddle.

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Try the NEW ‘MARK II’ Fhoenix Soft-Tree Saddle!  This is a great saddle for horses with TB type conformation.  Join the growing trial list to be one of the first to ride in the ‘Mark II’ in the US which is arriving soon.

Also available for trial:  New Demo Models of the Vogue, Fhoenix Standard, and Iberica available for demo.  Fhoenix Saddle Shop Page..

Not familiar with the Fhoenix Soft-Tree Saddles?  Read more about them here

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BARETEK NEWS: Baretek Pads now available for $150 Savings..

Just a quick Heads Up:  BARETEK is back in production and for a limited time both styles are available for the incredible price of $249! 

Regularly priced at $399 – You save $150!

Take advantage of this offer while supplies last..

Just when Baretek was growing a large following, their manufacture was stopped.  We received regular calls from disappointed customers.  A few months ago, we were happy to hear that the Baretek would be on the market again.   And re-listed them on our new site:  www.JustEquus.com.

Now we are even more pleased to be able to offer the wonderful Baretek Pad, both English & Western styles for an awesome price – and savings of $150!

In the past I used my Baretek English Pad about as much as my wonderful Vogue Saddle.  My horse loved it – and so did I.  The Knee Rolls and Cantle, although not that large, were a feature that gave more security out on the trails for the occasional spook.  The suede provided additional grip too – I have ridden through exuberant wintertime bucks and yahoos on occassion as if I was velcroed to the ‘saddle’!

If you are looking for a bareback pad, or your friends are, I highly recommend this pad at this price!  One thing to keep in mind is that if your horse has high or pronounced withers you need to consider the underpad (between Baretek and saddle pad).  My tall withered Oldenburg mare is completely comfortable in a soft cotton high wither-cut saddle pad (with a soft, non-protruding spine), and a Light Fill Smart Panel, and the Baretek Pad.  (A soft sheepskin pad with inserts such as the Fleeceworks Perfect Balance Pad is also a good option).  The Smart Panel dispersed pressure around her withers and for the past 4+ years, she has been relaxed and comfortable during our Baretek days.  In fact at one point in time (when I first bought the Baretek to use while searching for an appropriate saddle for her), we rode through the Fall & Winter in this pad and the atrophy behind her shoulders due to a fitted (but uncomfortable) saddle, her LAST treed saddle I might add, gradually disappeared!  She moved better in the Baretek than she had in the Wintec, Collegiate, County, Egon Von Neindorff, Kieffer, and Albion saddles I had ridden her in previously.  We finally found a saddle that she approved wholeheartedly, but that is another story..

Back to Bareteks!

Baretek English Pad

Baretek Western Pad

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FITS & ARISTA FALL SPECIAL 2011!

STOCK UP ON YOUR FAVORITE

FITS & ARISTA EQUESTRIAN APPAREL

DURING JUST EQUUS’ FALL SPECIAL!

(See selection of $15 – $70 SAVINGS Coupon Codes)

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Startling Information on Heavy Metal Toxicity in Animals.

Heavy metal toxicity – I believe it may be at the forefront of a number of growing environmental issues that are causing cancer and disease in animals and people.  I am not a vet or doctor, but am simply sharing my opinion and more importantly information I have come across in my readings.

A new acquaintance, Cristina, just told me about her dog who was diagnosed with Alzheimers.   While we talked about her pets I remembered watching an interview with Larry Jones, the trainer of the talented TB, Eight Belles who passed so tragically.  He said that months after the loss of Eight Belles, he began experiencing growing memory loss and confusion – what seemed to be symptoms of Alzheimers.  It worsened to a point that he could not run his business, he eventually had to retire from work.  Initially his doctors diagnosed him with Alzheimers.  He later consulted with a doctor who tested him for heavy metals and found that levels of Aluminum in his body were extremely high.  They surmised that his antipersperant were a likely source of the Aluminum (although it could have been much more).  He was treated for Aluminum toxicity.   In the months that followed, his Aluminum levels returned to normal and his mental abilities recovered as well.  He was able to return to his training practice (the interview was before the race of the talented filly, Joyful Victory, at the Kentucky Oaks in 2011).  Personally I have many criticisms of the race industry and do not agree with many of their practices, but I do watch the Kentucky Derby sometimes and was interested in what Eight Belle’s trainer had to say.  I imagined that Larry faced a tough period in his life during the months after that fateful race..

Anyways, I asked Cristina if her vet had tested her dog for heavy metal toxicity.  She said “No” and that her dog was receiving the drug Selegiline, standard treatment for Alzheimers in dogs.  Her vet said that people can suffer from Aluminum toxicity but not dogs.   That statement piqued my curiosity.
Here is some information I found on the topic shared by Holistic Vets concerned about this issue after seeing so many cases of heavy metal toxicity in their patients.  It contradicts what this particular vet believes.  And in my opinion, is information that any vet should be familiar with..

CHRONIC HEAVY METAL POISONING – SILENT KILLER IN PETS

COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION SYNDROME IN DOGS (CDS) OR DOG ALZHEIMERS

HEAVY METAL & PLASTIC TOXICITY

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This quote from Holistic Vet, Stephanie Chalmers DVM, DACVD, CVH, sums it up perfectly:

“ENVIRONMENTAL DISEASE
A 2006 report from the World Wide Health Organization estimated that 85% of all human disease is linked to environmental pollution. Our testing reveals that the same chemicals and heavy metals that contribute to disease in people also contribute to disease in dogs and cats. These toxins are two of the reasons for the alarming increase in the rate of cancer in animals: cancer is now the number two cause of death in dogs. Hyperthyroidism in cats is an example of chemical toxicity (Bisphenol-A, flame retardants).  Chemical and heavy metal toxicity should be suspected whenever animals are not responding to holistic therapy.

If we are to stop the escalating spiral of disease and bring health care costs under control, we must turn our health care system around. The only way to accomplish this is to address the causes of disease. We must reduce exposure to pollutants, support natural detoxification and provide appropriate nutrition. We must also examine health care practices such as vaccination protocols and the over-use of drugs and insecticides.”

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DETOXIFICATION:

In addition to information above, you may be wondering if there are ways to detoxify aside from chelation…  Adjusting one’s diet is an effective solution.  In addition, the natural minerals Calcium Montmorillonite & Zeolite are proven to reduce levels of heavy metals in the body thereby aiding in detoxification.  Here are some informational links on Zeolite:

ZEOLITE AS A DETOXIFIER

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ZEOLITE ON WIKIPEDIA

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We recommend excellent Zeolite formulations by Holistic Vet, Dr. Erin Zamzow called  VivoAnimals.

To order them:

See VivoAnimal Products for Horses & Dogs & Cats.

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