For horses in the wild, the return to a healthy, sleek coat appears during the lengthening days of spring. These environmental changes signal the switching on of a suite of internal hormones in horses that prepares them for warmer temperatures and longer days. Under the influence of these hormones, heavy winter coats shed out, appetites improve and muscle tone develops. These are all equally important traits for our competition horses.
The quality and duration of light exposure is known to be one of the most important factors in a horse’s environment that influences health and well-being. Correct lighting strengthens a horse’s internal body rhythms and ensures it gets maximum value from its nutrition, training and management. With this in mind, the team at Equilume developed the Cashel Light Mask, a product that uses blue light technology to mimic a long summer’s day and stimulate seasonal hormones, including prolactin — which allows horses to produce a shiny summer coat and perform with “summer vigour”.
For elite-level competitors, the ability to have their horses in optimum condition all year round is a game-changer. “We have had superb results for the last few years with Equilume Light Masks,” says Australian dressage rider Rochelle King-Andrews. “The mask works in many ways to produce super coats with a lot less rugging and stall cleaning. They also stimulate muscle performance, all while helping to keep the horses relaxed. This simple-to-use hood makes all the difference to producing horses at a top level.”
In six to eight weeks, the Equilume Cashel Mask can transform your horse from its furry teddy bear winter state into a sleek and shiny show-ready athlete. Used indoors, outdoors or while travelling to shows, it’s a must for every horse owner wanting that show-coat shine.
New Zealand-based show rider Mary Copeman, who has been using the masks for several seasons, agrees. “I use it on VP J’Adore at the start of the season to shed his coat from 1 July and then use it leading up to HOY; his coat is like silk and full of dapples,” says Mary. “The mask has been easy to use and he is very happy wearing it. We love using the Equilume masks.”