Equine Faqs

What is graduated compression?

It is a type of compression that is applied to the muscles, where there is greater pressure at the extremities and then gradually easing off at the top of one’s limb and again at the top of the torso. This process forces fluids that tend to pool back up and out of the limbs and back into circulation.

Is there any proof that gradient compression will help my animal ?

We have done many trials with HIDEZ over the years. People who have used the HIDEZ suits have experienced great results with their animals. From Veterinarians, Racehorse Trainers, Harness Racing Trainers, Endurance riders and Olympic gold medalists all competing in national and international events.

What does the HIDEZ recovery suit do?

HIDEZ recovery suits do a number of things. Mainly it’s designed to enhance blood flow back to the heart from the extremities (lower limbs), It will help supply more oxygen to muscles (enhance muscle activity), flush out waste products from blood supplies (e.g. lactic acids) and stop muscles from the effects of vibration (reduces DOMS). All of which will help reduce recovery times.

Are HIDEZ designed to be used during transport (Air, road or other means)?

Yes . We have had horses travel long distances in their HIDEZ suits, by road across Australia and by Air across the globe.Including BLACK CAVIARS 36 hour return flight from Melbourne to Ascot

How do HIDEZ support muscles in transport?

When travelling the animal’s muscles vibrate and shake around uncontrollably, causing microfiber tears in the muscles which allows the enzyme creatine kinase (CK) to leak in and break down muscle cells causing cramping and travel fatigue. The HIDEZ suits are cut and sewn in a specific way, using our distinct seams that act as anchor points to help wrap the muscles holding them firm against the body stopping muscle vibration.

Won’t my animal get hot travelling in their HIDEZ suit?

NO, Provided there is sufficient ventitalion .HIDEZ suits help maintain muscle temperatures, if it is hot the HIDEZ suit will keep the animal cool and if it is cold the HIDEZ suit will help keep the animal warm.

How do HIDEZ help muscles?

Animals muscle feel more fatigued & less powerful when they vibrate. HIDEZ suits are constructed in a way that holds them very tight against the animal’s body in the right places, to help reduce vibration and improve muscle focus & proprioception (awareness).

Can HIDEZ help to prevent an injury?

Yes.When HIDES are worn during transport, the compressive effect prevents muscles from vibration & overextending (which can cause injury) . Also HIDEZ can be worn before exercise warming up muscle and reduce the risk of muscle stress.

Can Hidez help with medical conditions?

The increased oxygenation and circulation provided by HIDEZ is an excellent way of relieving a range of medical complaints including travel fatigue, muscle fatigue, lymphedema, and Ty-up. It also helps to improve circulation during pregnancy, or after an operation.

Are Hidez restrictive when worn?

No. HIDEZ suits are firm fitting, but they don't restrict movement in limbs or muscles

Will HIDEZ keep my animal dry?

Yes. Our moisture Management  fabrics moves moisture away from your skin to the outside of the HIDEZ garment where it evaporates - so your animals hide remains  dry.

When should HIDEZ be worn?

· During transport

· Before exercise or competition

· As a recovery aid after exercise or competition

· When recovering from injury or surgery

·Can HIDEZ be worn for long periods of time?

Yes. HIDEZ are designed to help with the effect of travel sickness, muscle fatigue, and ty-up,plus speed up the recovery time of injuries. The HIDEZ suit can be left on for extended periods of time,  provided the animal is in a standing position and secured, or being lead. the Hidez suits are not designed for use when the animal is laying down.

How to wash HIDEZ?

There’s no need to hand wash your HIDEZ. You can put them in the machine, but wash them on a cold, delicates setting. It’s best to use a gentle detergent too. As with all elastomeric garments, the gentler the washing process, the more life you’ll get out of your HIDEZ.

How to dry HIDEZ?

Do not tumble dry your HIDEZ. Let them dry naturally

How long will they last?

Obviously this depends on how you take care of your HIDEZ suit, how often you use them and how often you wash them.