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Barrelrnr
Reg. Feb 2006
Posted 2014-03-10 1:14 PM
Subject: Theraplate question



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 I found several older posts on here about the Theraplate- most are this one vs that one,  but didnt find an answer to simple questions-so I guess I am behind here- what exactly is it and what are the benefits to using one? do you have to use it more than once/twice to see any benefits ? (which would mean a 1 time try at a show would be a waste of money) I wouldnt mind trying one this weekend.. should they be used before or after a run?  my mare doesnt have any lameness issues but she is 20 and I know she has to be getting a little tired/sore at a 3 day show (I know I do..)
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Lil_Pony35
Reg. Mar 2008
Posted 2014-03-10 1:33 PM
Subject: RE: Theraplate question


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A Theraplate is a big vibrating plate is a fast vibrating plate that the horses stand on and it increases blood flow and builds bone density. You would have to use it consistently to see any long term benefit but you can use it before and after a run and the horses love it! Every horse I have seen stand on it has relaxed immensely once it starts up. The vibrating is not loud and you cant see it working but the second you stand on it and you just melt! You can touch a horse and feel it through them. Here is a link the what the actual brand "Theraplate" claims that it helps.

http://theraplate.com/Equine.html

I personally have been on one and its so cool. I do not think it is a waste on money to at least try one. At the least your horse will get a mini body massage from it.
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painthorse7796
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2014-03-10 10:39 PM
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I would also like to know if people are using it before they ride or after or both 
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Lilpad05
Reg. Dec 2011
Posted 2014-03-10 11:25 PM
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I have a pony plate and LOVE it. The horses enjoy it also. Haven't had it but a month.
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readytorodeo
Reg. Dec 2005
Posted 2014-03-11 7:17 AM
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I have a theraplate and use it daily.  It is great for feet issues, which I am having now due to bad shoeing.  I have also used as a warm up before a run and a cool down after a run.   
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Barrelrnr
Reg. Feb 2006
Posted 2014-03-11 10:06 AM
Subject: RE: Theraplate question



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Lilpad05 - 2014-03-10 11:25 PM I have a pony plate and LOVE it. The horses enjoy it also. Haven't had it but a month.

WHY do you love it? what results have you seen from using it or do you horses just enjoy standing on it? I have had several people tell me their horses would not stand on one. I sat on one at World last year- didnt feel any different afterwards..  
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ACEINTHEHOLE
Reg. Apr 2005
Posted 2014-03-11 10:22 AM
Subject: RE: Theraplate question



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Barrelrnr - 2014-03-11 10:06 AM
Lilpad05 - 2014-03-10 11:25 PM I have a pony plate and LOVE it. The horses enjoy it also. Haven't had it but a month.
WHY do you love it? what results have you seen from using it or do you horses just enjoy standing on it? I have had several people tell me their horses would not stand on one. I sat on one at World last year- didnt feel any different afterwards..  

You have to break your horse to it... most horses won't just stand on it from the get-go.. but once they are use to it.. most love it and will get on it without hesitation and stand unattended while on it. 
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Lilpad05
Reg. Dec 2011
Posted 2014-03-11 11:07 AM
Subject: RE: Theraplate question


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4 out of 5 horses stood on it with no problem from the beginning. My one mare has inproveed her times idk if it's from this or she's figuring other things out. My other horse that wouldn't get on it now stands and enjoys it. She was scared to death of it lol. I wouldn't expect you to see a difference right away. I think it's something that will take a few times to make any difference.
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TurnLane
Reg. May 2007
Posted 2014-03-11 11:09 AM
Subject: RE: Theraplate question



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Barrelrnr - 2014-03-11 10:06 AM
Lilpad05 - 2014-03-10 11:25 PM I have a pony plate and LOVE it. The horses enjoy it also. Haven't had it but a month.
WHY do you love it? what results have you seen from using it or do you horses just enjoy standing on it? I have had several people tell me their horses would not stand on one. I sat on one at World last year- didnt feel any different afterwards..  

I have personally seen increased hoof growth and soundness improvement verified by my vet.
As far as sitting on it ONCE and not seeing anything-that is kind of funny to me.

But I will tell you- before we bought the Pony Plate (which closely resembles the EquiVibe brand)- I went to the NFR and stood on every model of plate there was. Most did not move my knees much less anything else. Im no expert but I do believe thsat horses need much more impact in their feet than I do- so to me, in my mind- stronger is better- if you want to increase blood flow in the hard to reach area of the hoof. Increasing blood flow simply helps the body to heal itself. This is a way to speed up the healing process. That is why I chose the Pony Plate model. I think they are all decent and none proven but neither are magnets or feed thru supplements. 
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TBone
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2014-03-11 4:44 PM
Subject: RE: Theraplate question



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 I have had my Theraplate for about a month.  Bought it to help with hoof/leg issues.  Too soon to tell yet, but my horses enjoy it and seem to be moving better.  Usually put them on it before I ride.  I only have the 2x3 so I have to do the front end, and then turn them around to do the back end.  I hope to get another 2x3 to hook to my first one so I can do the whole horse at once, and cut down on time.  I chose the Theraplate over the Pony Plate because it has variable intensity.  You get a book with the Theraplate that tells you recommended settings for different issues.  These settings vary the intensity up and down.  Not sure if that is important or not.  I will usually sit on it while my horse is on it and it seems to help my pelvis/hip/lower back issues.
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iacnchsr
Reg. Jun 2004
Posted 2014-03-11 7:22 PM
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i saw these at a barrelrace last year. i didnt realize people bought them for personal use. what does something like this cost?
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bluerose2001
Reg. Mar 2009
Posted 2014-03-11 10:46 PM
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I've got a pony plate myself- just bought it two weeks ago. The reason I bought it- I have an appendix with bad hooves. Working on getting him trimmed correctly and figured the pony plate could help as well. Any other benefits would just be extra as long as I encourage hoof growth. Since I haven't had it long and have been working out of town, mine has only been on it 4 times while he is eating his supper. The first time it took about 10 minutes to get him on and it would have taken much less if I had a helper.

I recommend for a first time horse- steel toed boots, an assistant, and plenty of time. Food helps. I could get one foot on and by the time I got around to the other foot he had taken the other one off. So I finally managed to pick up each foot and put it on the plate while standing on his left side. The other problem was that I was not on a completely level surface and the pony plate will vibrate away from you like a horse eating monster (so make a wooden box for it to set in and attach it to a solid structure). I haven't had time to make one, but will be making a box for him to stand his entire body on. Also I did not have him tied in case he had a complete come-apart freak out.

Day one- had to set his feet on it multiple times- lead rope on
Day two- had to set his feet on it twice- lead rope on
Day three- had to put his feet on and then just adjust them a few times when he wiggled- no lead rope
Day 4- put feet on once, no lead rope and he didn't move.

I put him back out to pasture when he finishes eating.
BTW- when I stand on the Pony Plate- it will rattle my brain! I feel it to the very top of my head. However if I stand on it while my horse is on it- I can stand for a while and it feels fine. His shoulders start to feel a bit sweaty after being on it so I believe it is working something. His next trim is this weekend so I will be taking pics to see how much change we get in 4 weeks if anything visual should show up. Not in need of x-rays as I'm only working on cracks at the moment.
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rodeowithjoker
Reg. Jun 2006
Posted 2014-03-12 8:35 AM
Subject: RE: Theraplate question



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I'm interested to hear more results as people use these for horses with bad feet. Not ready to jump on the bandwagon just yet, but I'm gonna keep watching this with an open mind. 
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TurnLane
Reg. May 2007
Posted 2014-03-12 1:00 PM
Subject: RE: Theraplate question



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rodeowithjoker - 2014-03-12 8:35 AM I'm interested to hear more results as people use these for horses with bad feet. Not ready to jump on the bandwagon just yet, but I'm gonna keep watching this with an open mind. 

Depends on what is bad about your feet? But IMO- all they do is increase circulation- which helps the both to heal itself- but most especially in the HARD to penetrate hoof wall. It is the one alternative therapy item that I use the most- had it a year as of last Dec- I have used it a bunch! 
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