Hidez™: Elasticated Equine Compression Suits
Hidez [hidez.com.au] is an Australian company that produces graduated compression garments for horses (and other animals). The compression-suits have been getting more and more coverage as we draw closer to the start of the 2012 Olympics, where it's touted that they will be used extensively on participating horses.
The concept of compression to quicken recovery from muscle fatigue and aid muscle repair comes from it's practise on human athletes. The theory with "graduated compression" garments is that they help blood flow from superficial veins into deep veins, thus reducing the inflammatory effect caused by muscle exertion [see the 2006 research article done by the "Journal of Sports Science and Medicine" on the topic: PDF] As you can see from the video, the garment is actually quite easy to put on, making use of zips to close up the suit around a horse (some had wondered if you had to put it on like a 4-legged trousers, which would have been an amusing sight, to say the least).
This post was written because of the novelty of the garment, and it's somewhat related to the Olympics, for which I have other posts lined up for publishing, but there was also a post written over at Head Rambles recently, in which the question was asked: is there any such thing as "appropriate sex with a horse" [headrambles.com]. Well I'm not sure about that exactly, but the Hidez suits sure do look fancy. So fancy in fact, that a follow-up post to this is already in the works!
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Posted at 12:19