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Basic Equi-Taping® Applications

BACK MUSCLE TAPING

This Equi-Taping® Method of application, can be useful when your horse exhibits sore, tense or tight back muscles.

This taping can be worn during training and under tack to help horses be less rigid and encourage more suppleness. Effective in relieving back pain and stiffness during and after exercise; particularly effective when your horse exhibits tenderness to palpation.

Use two long 2” wide strips of Equi-Tape®. Lower horse’s head so back muscles are slightly stretched. Begin by placing first tape at the withers with no stretch for the first 2”. Stretch the tape slightly as you follow along the muscle as shown. Lay the last 2” of tape down with no stretch. Apply second piece as shown. The black piece of tape is applied as an anchor for the application. Tear paper backing in the center and apply with no stretch.

Rub tape to activate adhesive

*Note: The above taping is one suggestion for Equi-Taping® horses with sore backs. Be sure to do a correct assessment of your horse’s condition to determine the appropriate taping application for your horse

NECK MUSCLE TAPING

This Equi-Taping® Method of application, can be useful when horse exhibits sore, tense or tight neck muscles.

This taping can be worn during training to help horses be less rigid, encourage suppleness and flexibility in the neck. Effective in relieving pain associated with stiffness; particularly effective when your horse exhibits tenderness to palpation.

Use two long 2” wide strips of Equi-Tape®. Turn horse’s head slightly away from side to be taped (so muscle is slightly stretched). Begin by placing first tape behind horse’s ear with no stretch for the first 3”. Stretch the tape slightly as you follow along the muscle as shown. Lay the last 3” of tape down with no stretch. Apply second piece as shown.

Rub tape to activate adhesive

*Note: The above taping is one suggestion for Equi-Taping® horses with sore neck muscles. Be sure to do a correct assessment of your horse’s condition to determine the appropriate taping application for your horse



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HIP JOINT & LIFT DECOMPRESSION TAPING

This Equi-Taping® Method of application, can be useful when horse exhibits sore or painful hip joints.

This layered taping lifts tissue over the hip joint to increase blood flow and relieve pain and pressure on the site receptors. This taping technique can aid in decreasing local swelling and inflammation such as in capsulitis, synovitis, and over-worked or sore hip joints.

Apply pieces of Equi-Tape® as shown by tearing paper backing in the center of each piece. Apply the first piece with moderate tension and each additional piece with slightly tension than the one before. The black 1” piece is an anchor for the application and is applied with no tension.

Rub tape to activate adhesive

*Note: The above taping is one suggestion for Equi-Taping® horses with painful or tender hip joints. Be sure to do a correct assessment of your horse’s condition to determine the appropriate taping application for your horse

GLUTEAL MUSCLE TAPING

This Equi-Taping® Method of application, can be used for horses with sore Gluteal muscles.

It can be quite beneficial when worn during training to support working muscles, decrease potential soreness, improve potential training effects, and increase oxygen flow and circulation to the working muscles. This taping is also great for horses going back to work and in rehab.

Apply one long single 2” wide strip of Equi-Tape® beginning on the back over the gluteal fascia and continue to lay the remaining tape over the muscle with mild stretch. The 2-3” at both ends of the tape should be applied with no tension. Attach a second piece of tape with mild stretch along the bottom of the muscle as shown, again with no tension at the ends of the tape.

Rub tape to activate adhesive

*Note: The above taping is one suggestion for Equi-Taping® horses with sore, over worked gluteal muscles. Be sure to do a correct assessment of your horse’s condition to determine the appropriate taping application for your horse


SACROILIAC INSTABILITY & JOINT SUPPORT TAPING

This Equi-Taping® Method of application, can be used for horses who exhibit unstable or painful sacroiliac joints.

This is a very basic but effective joint stability taping method used in adding support to the sacroiliac joints. This taping can aid in decreasing joint swelling and inflammation.

Apply both pieces of Equi-Tape® as shown by tearing paper backing in the center of each piece. Stretch the tape using moderate tension through the center of the tape. Lay tape down as shown, with no tension on the last 3” on the ends of the tape.

Rub tape to activate adhesive

*Note: The above taping is one suggestion for Equi-Taping® horses with unstable or painful sacroiliac joints. Be sure to do a correct assessment of your horse’s condition to determine the appropriate taping application for your horse

SUSPENSORY LIGAMENT & TENDON SUPPORT TAPING

This taping can be used for both acute and chronic suspensory conditions and be worn preventatively during training on horses with recurring or chronic conditions. This taping can aid in decreasing local swelling and inflammation, tissue healing, and in support of the ligament.

Apply single 2” wide strip of Equi-Tape® to both sides of the leg as shown with moderate stretch. Tear the third strip in center and apply with full stretch at base of the fetlock being sure to decrease stretch as you cross in front of leg. Continue tape around leg and lay down ends with no tension. The anchor piece placed below the knee is applied with no stretch.

Rub tape to activate adhesive

*Note: The above taping is one suggestion for Equi-Taping® horses with damaged or weak suspensory ligaments. Be sure to do a correct assessment of your horse’s condition to determine the appropriate taping application for your horse