Rider Stories

Massage, Pulsed Electromagnetic, Laser & Cold Therapy for Horses, Riders & Dogs

Since using the Activo-Med Combi rug on the horses I have noticed an improvement in their ability to get over muscle problems. They come out looser after treatment and look better in themselves generally and are very relaxed when being treated. A few whose coats have not kept as well as others have done better in that aspect too.

We use the rug regularly on horses more prone to the small niggles of daily training and find it fits in easily with their routine. We use the massage post exercise and the full programs in the afternoon on the horses which need some assistance, there is an advantage to be able to set up individual programmes for certain horses.

We have also been very impressed with the Activo-Med Laser and feel it has speeded up the healing process on several horses. A common condition some racehorses suffer from is sore girth areas and the laser has definately helped the recovery time on these horses.

Paul Nicholls

Paul NichollsChampion National Hunt

Having used the Activo-Med Combi System for over 10 years now I can honestly say it’s worth the investment 10 times over! Whilst the Activo-Med systems are excellent for rehabilitation, I use the pulsed electromagnetic and massage rug on all the horses both before they are worked to loosen and relax their muscles and after to aid the recovery process. The magnetic element of the system is particularly effective and the Combi Pro has become a very important part of our daily routine for optimising each horse’s performance. The systems are easy to use, breathable, lightweight and horse-friendly.

I also use the Activo-Med Lasers regularly and find them vital for speeding up the healing process on knocks, bruises and strains plus they are great for maintaining old injuries. We use them regularly as part of our physiotherapy process on the acupressure points in areas prone to strain.

The Activo-Med systems are extremely versatile. Like people, every horse is slightly different and these systems can be easily set up to suit individual horses, giving them all the opportunity to perform at their best. It’s a system that definitely won’t sit in the cupboard forgotten.

William Fox-Pitt

William Fox-PittOlympic Event Rider

I use Activo-Med religiously on my competition horses before and after competition. It is so important that my horses muscles are warmed up and warmed down correctly and this is why I use Activo-Med.”

Scott Brash

Scott BrashInternational Show Jumper Olympic Gold Medal Winner

We use the Activo-Med rug everyday on as many horses as possible.  The horses love it.

Tim Stockdale

Tim StockdaleInternational Showjump Rider

The Activo-Med equipment is used all the time on my yard and at shows and helps keep the horses fit, relaxed and in top condition.

Charlotte Dujardin

Charlotte DujardinInternational Olympic Gold Dressage Rider

As a training and rehab yard we use FMBS products on a daily basis whether for helping to promote general health and well-being or for helping treat specific injuries or muscular issues.

The Activo-Med Combi system undoubtedly loosens and softens muscles enabling horses to work much more freely and easily. Having a combination of PEMF and massage in a product is invaluable generally but particularly for our rehab work as both therapies serve to improve the blood supply which promotes healing. The leg wraps and hoof boots, which can be used alone or with the rug, are equally invaluable in helping treat tendon, suspensory ligament and foot injuries as well as being a preventative therapy to help keep horses’ limbs in the best possible condition. And, for us, the laser really comes into its own when working with long-standing injuries and scar-tissue.

We love the versatility that the FMBS products provide us in that they can be used in combination or separately facilitating general or very targeted therapy.

Fred and Rowena Cook

Fred and Rowena CookEquine Management and Training

It’s very easy to get lost in the worlds of dressage, show-jumping and eventing but we must not forget that leading racehorse trainers around the UK and abroad use FMBS Therapy equipment. Champion Irish Trainer, Willie Mullins says:

As a trainer I need to ensure the horses are performing at their best. So, whilst they need the right amount of work, their management routine is also extremely important. This is not just about feeding but also the horses’ general health and well being. However fit a horse, training and racing imparts physical stresses and strains to muscles, ligaments and joints which can impact on performance if not properly managed.

With the Activo-Med pulsed electromagnetic and massage rugs and laser from FMBs Therapy Systems I have treatments which not only help to keep the horses mentally relaxed, promote muscle tone and circulation, but also which help to manage the stiffness, swellings and soreness which occur during the training of any athlete. Being able to set programmes for individual horses is a real asset as I know I am providing the most appropriate therapy and support for each one. FMBs Therapy Systems provide knowledgeable and reliable support when we need advice. By using the FMBS system I know I am doing the very best for my horses for optimum well-being and performance, as evidenced by our racing results.

Willie Mullins

Willie MullinsChampion Irish Trainer

There is no better system on the market. It really does work! With its pre-set programmes it offers you a variety of options benefiting each individual horse both pre and post exercise, plus you can change the programmes to suit specific needs. We use the rug daily on all our horses and I have noticed a definite improvement in their overall well being both mentally and physically.

It is especially useful after strenuous exercise to aid tired muscles in recovery and treat specific areas. At 3DEs the horses have come out on the last day feeling fit and well and I am convinced this is due to using the system. The Secret Weapon lived in his Combi System during Bleinheim week and look how it helped him! He has never felt better. Every competition horse deserves one!

FMBs are always on hand to help you understand the full benefits of the Activo-Med systems so you truly get the most out of them.

Chris King

Chris KingInternational Event Rider

It was very generous of FMBS and Magnet Medics to supply the Activo-Med rug and I am sure it contributed to the well-being of the horses during the Championships.

David Hunter

David HunterPara Equestrian Dressage Team Performance Manager

We are very lucky at Oakingham Stud to have most of the superb Activo-Med equipment. We use the Combi rug daily on as many horses as possible and find it very beneficial it also runs the Activo-Med leg wraps and laser equipment. We also have the most stunning therapy room containing a Water Treadmill, Dry Treadmill, Spa and Combi Vibro floor, all installed and supplied by FMBs Therapy Systems. We could not be happier with the quality and benefits of owning the equipment nor with the service and knowledge provided.

Roger McCrea

Roger McCreaOakingham Stud

Karen (Team GBR equine osteopath) used the Activo-Med rug on my horse BB Call Me Caine each time before I rode him and he felt as if he had been warmed up for 10/15 minutes, he was altogether much looser and happier and I felt a real difference.

Anne Dunham

Anne DunhamPart of the GB Para Dressage gold-medal winning team

Just thought I would drop you a line to say how pleased I am with the Activo Med Rug. I have a 14 year old Grand Prix horse called Desiderata (Blondie), and I find a big difference when I use the rug before riding. She is very relaxed when having the rug treatment and enjoys it. As soon as I get on I can feel the difference in the horse, she feels like I have already been warming her up for twenty minutes. She takes a longer looser stride right from the beginning. She feels like a young horse! I use the rug every day but if for some reason I don’t use the rug the affect is still there for a few days.

Becky Whitcombe

Becky WhitcombeGrand Prix Dressage Rider

I have used the Activo-Med rug on the event horses and racehorses and I am very pleased with the way it has worked. The pre-warmup setting has been especially useful for those that are a bit cold backed and to loosen up muscles before exercise. I have also used it on horses that have some muscular soreness to help bring them back to full fitness. At big events such as the Europeans, the post exercise programme is great for helping the horses relax after the cross country and it eases any muscle soreness.

Tina Cook

Tina CookWinner of the European Eventing Title 2009

I have found my Activo-Med Combi Pro rug and leg wraps to be a vital piece of equipment towards the management of my 3 day event horses. They have proved to be extremely useful at the yard and also at events.

Piggy French

Piggy FrenchInternational Event and GB Team Rider

Keep them supple, feeling well and achieving their best results. I like the all over rug and that it provides both pulsed electromagnetic and massage treatments. I would not be without one now.

David Mcpherson

David McphersonInternational Show Jumper

We use the rug everyday on all the horses and believe it is key to their physical well-being.

Spencer Wilton

Spencer WiltonInternational Olympic Silver Dressage Rider and Trainer

I really rate the combi rug – it aids good circulation, is excellent for muscle healing and relaxes the horses. I use it all the time and think it’s particularly useful before and after events. My horses enjoy wearing it too!

Sharon Hunt

Sharon HuntInternational Event Rider

I use the Activo-Med Combi Pro on my horses at home and at competitions as part of the daily routine. There are a variety of pre-set programmes that can be set to suit individual requirements and the system definitely helps keep the horses feeling supple and relaxed.

Zara Phillips

Zara PhillipsInternational Event Rider

The New Activo-Med Combi Pro is a must for all performance horses and is an integral part of my horses daily routine. The rug used pre exercise loosens and softens muscles and I have found it especially beneficial in recovery post exercise.

What I love about the Combi Pro is its versatility of settings and programmes to suit each individual horse.

Laura Collett

Laura CollettInternational Event Rider and Young Rider European Champion

I use the rug on all the competition horses and find them noticeable softer and looser as a result. The Activo-Med Laser in conjunction with our pulsed electromagnetic rug, has provided a regular and consistent treatment pattern for our horses – we’re thrilled with it.

Carl Hester

Carl HesterInternational Olympic Gold Dressage Rider

Managing the physical well-being of my horses is an important aspect of keeping them on the road. The ActivoMed rug plays an important role in ensuring we prevent and manage muscle soreness pro-actively leaving me with the peace of mind to focus on helping them give of their best in training and competition.

Bill Levett

Bill Levett International Event Rider

This system is like a dishwasher: now I have it I can’t imagine life without it. I use it daily on all my horses and it definitely benefits their well-being and performance

Kitty King

Kitty KingInternational eventer

I find the Activo-Med rug hugely benefits the horses’ suppleness and makes the sharper horses quieter and softer to ride. They are all much more relaxed when I first get on them and need much less time to warm up. The margins for error are so slight in show jumping and so having the horses as soft and supple as possible it very important. I definitely feel I get better results from the horses when using the Activo-Med Combi rug and both the horses and I would be lost without it.

Ben Maher

Ben MaherTop Ranked Show Jumper 2009

I have been using the combi pro system for a number of years and find it an essential part of my tool kit. The rug is in constant use both at home and at competitions, providing invaluable assistance in preparing “cold-backed” or older horses to be ridden. I also use the system as a recovery aid following strenuous exercise and credit the rug with many successful Sunday morning trot-ups!” In 2008 we upgraded our old rug to the new before travelling to Hong Kong for the Olympics. The new breathable, lightweight rug was ideal for the hot and humid conditions there but will be equally practical during the British summer.

Joe Meyer

Joe Meyer International Event Rider, New Zealand

I have been trialling their Combi Pro System for a while which consists of a rug and leg wraps which combine pulsed electromagnetic and massage therapy. It enhances suppleness, fitness and has great rehabilitation properties. I have noticed great benefits with the equipment and use it as a preventative measure to ensure my horses are always prepared, supple and ready to work.


Billy Twomey

Billy TwomeyRanked as one of the best show jumpers in Ireland

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