A. The Equicizer comes fully assembled, no tools are needed, only a pair of scissors to cut the strapping from your packaged Equicizer once it arrives if it's being shipped to you. There are two resistance straps that need to be placed into position on the neck bracket for the head and neck, and your caster wheels have to be fastened on with your hands. Total set-up time is less than 5 minutes.
Q.How does the Equicizer work?
A. The Equicizer is built on a spring balanced suspension system that, when in motion, recreates the natural movement of the horse. It is non-motorized and is controlled entirely by the rider or therapist.
Q. How does one create the motion of the horse?
A. The motion is initiated entirely by the rider with the intensity of the movement dependent upon the rider's effort, strength and ability. It is created and maintained by the rider's seat, legs, and/or arms. The rider is able to emulate the gentle, rocking motion of a horse at the walk, but with increased intensity can build the stride to that of a galloping horse. If the Equicizer is being used for therapeutic purposes and the rider may be fully or partially immobile, the movement can also be created by a therapist or assistant. In many cases for riders who start immobile, they can actually develop the strength, coordination and ability to make the Equicizer move on their own and the feeling of satisfaction for them is beyond motivating and inspiring!
Q. Do you offer a warranty?
A. We offer a one-year warranty on springs and neck resistant bands. With reasonable care and use, the Equicizer will last generations and may never require servicing. We have many Equicizers that are 20 years old and the owners are still happily riding away without a hiccup!
Q. How soon will my Equicizer arrive after it is ordered?
A. As each horse is custom manufactured, order time is on average 3 to 4 weeks. Freight may take approximately 3-10 business days, depending on location. We can ship worldwide. Please order accordingly. We do occasionally have one or two models in stock, so please don't hesitate to inquire!
Q. Can the Equicizer teach you how to ride a real horse?
A. The Equicizer provides the essentials of a real horse and one can certainly learn the fundamentals or basics of horseback riding. We do recommend that you work with a trainer or riding instructor and also reinforce riding skills once you have begun a lesson program.