EQU STREAMZ INFORMATION:
Each horse is advised to wear two EQU StreamZ bands (one pair) just above or below the fetlock area, on any two front or hind legs. The technology is designed to be worn for a minimum of 8 hours a day although results have been reported as significantly greater when used 24/7. EQU StreamZ are designed to be used in most weather conditions however “24/7 use” refers to the technology and does not indicate the bands can be left on in all weather conditions or whilst out hacking. When the ground is soft and the horse is turned out the bands should be placed above the fetlock joint and out of the soft ground. Care and attention and a level of common-sense is required for the bands to last; as with any other tack product. See care details below.
StreamZ offer a complementary form of treatment and should not to be used as a replacement to any professionally diagnosed medications or treatments. StreamZ technology is not clinically proven as the clinical studies carried out were not peer reviewed.
The bands are developed to be used in recovery, not whilst in active use such as hacking or competing. They can be left on in light exercise or when schooling.
StreamZ bands are suitable to be used in conjunction with medications, supplements, diets, and traditional magnetic products however it is advisable that traditional magnetic products are not placed over the top of StreamZ as this can create damage to the StreamZ 360º magnetic energy field, either when on the horse or when in the tack room.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS TO BE AWARE OF:
Heart condition: It is advised the EQU StreamZ should not be used on any horse diagnosed with a medical heart condition. It is advised that you seek professional medical advice prior to using on a horse diagnosed with a heart condition.
Sensitive skin: Some animals (particularly white haired horses, or horses with allergic contact dermatitis) may find the neoprene too sensitive to place against the skin. Streamz bands can be placed above other materials and be as effective, so a few layers of vet wrap/bandage can be placed around the leg before the bands are fitted if required. If you notice any discomfort or discolouration on the skin within the first 24hrs then remove the bands. If problems persist then the neoprene bands should be removed completely. The StreamZ strips can be removed from the sleeves and wrapped around the horses leg within a bandage/vet wrap – avoiding the use of neoprene.
Cushings: A handful of customers have reported an adverse reaction to using the bands when treating a horse diagnosed with severe Cushings Disease (PPID). How each horse is treated depends on which clinical signs that particular animal has and how severe those symptoms are. In many cases the advice by professionals is to manage the clinical signs, such as laminitis, secondary infections and excessive hair growth. This is achieved by modifying the animals diet and supplements to help support the natural healing process. The ‘adverse reaction’ reported is thought to relate to this healing process. As the natural healing process begins to improve the animal can occasionally indicate a negative reaction before showing signs of improvement. In the few negative reports we have received it was reported that the horses showed signs of filling and a reduction in mobility. This contradicts many other reports from customers using them to help treat cushings, however, as a company with a focus on animal welfare we deem it important to share this feedback.
As with prescribed medications StreamZ does not offer a guarantee on the intended results. Please consult your veterinary professional if you require medical advice, review our returns process, or contact one of our support team who are available to answer any questions you may have.
Ensure the horses legs are clean and dry before fitting.
StreamZ advertise the EQU bands as “24/7 use”. This refers to the technology being able to be worn all day every day, and particularly when the horse is ‘in recovery’. This does not stipulate that bands can be worn 24/7 in all weather conditions, particularly in the UK. Common sense is require for when the horse can and cannot wear the bands.
Cleaning the bands: The material has a life span as with any aesthetic product such as shoes or clothing; it requires care and attention to last 12 months or more, particularly the fastening. To keep the bands as long as possible it is advised that they are washed every couple of weeks. Simply remove the StreamZ silicone strips from the open end of the bands (the end next to fastening tongue) and wash in a machine under 40ºc or on hand washing setting and place the strips somewhere safe. Hand/pat dry and slide the StreamZ strips back into the bands, with the ridges/lines on the StreamZ strip facing away from the skin (smooth side facing the skin).
Pay attention to the open-stitched end of each band. This open stitch allows the removal of the StreamZ magnetic strips for when the user wishes to wash the bands or update the sleeves. Once on a horse the Magnetic strips are unable to be removed as the strips wrap around the horses leg. If Streamz strips are misplaced then this is entirely out of the control of StreamZ and as such free replacements will not be issued.
The fastening within the EQU StreamZ requires a level of maintenance and care. Warranty is available on defects with the fastening. We have had issues in the past with the material used and updated the material to the strongest on the market to rectify this issue. Proof of purchase will be required for warranty defects, damaged or lost bands are not covered under warranty.
Where and when to wear the bands: The EQU bands are developed to be used as an aid for recovery and not to be used in active work (there is slight movement under the fetlock joint). The EQU bands should be completely removed or worn above the fetlock in soft ground conditions, further still if the ground is soft enough to allow the bands to be submerged then the bands should be removed and only used when turned in. In wet/muddy conditions it is advised to remove them completely to avoid the bands being submerged and make sure the bands are fitted evenly ensuring that the Velcro hooks cannot touch the horses skin. Lost bands are not covered under warranty and single bands are not available for purchase.
ABOVE Fetlock – use when turned out in soft ground conditions or whilst in light work.
BELOW Fetlock – use below fetlock when turned in or on box rest. (Slightly better reaction when placed below, but movement is found below the fetlock)
Advice: If the horse is ‘turned in’ we advise that the bands are placed below the fetlock (around the pastern); the artery is slightly closer to the outside of the skin under the fetlock joint. If the horse is ‘turned out’ then we would advise that the bands are placed above the fetlock joint (around the cannon bone). We recommend that the bands are placed on the near fore and off hind legs, no matter what the injury, although it generally makes little difference.
Tip: We have a horse who we like to turn out with his bands on, even if it’s wet. We also noticed that when alone he would often get his teeth under the bands and rip them off. We caught him peering through the hedge like nature detectives. We solved this issue by tricking him! We now put his bands on him, whilst making him look the other way, and then wrap a few layers of vet wrap over the top. He’s none the wiser, and the bands stay on!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate in emailing our support team; [email protected].