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-  peace in the stable

Kick-Stop

Kicking injuries

FACTS

The Kick Stop plate is a 58 x 58 cm rubber plate for hanging on the wall, where the horse kicks the most.                        

 

 

 

The kick plate, Kick-Stop, is based on a newly-developed rubber product.

One side of the Kick-Stop product is insulated while the other leads power.

By consisting solely of rubber and avoiding the use of seams or other components any likelihood of short-circuiting or sparks is avoided. As a result, the potential risk of fire or injury to the horse is avoided.

 

The Kick-Stop plate is delivered with an energizer, an earth rod and a cord – ready to be installed.

 

 

 

To achieve the desired effect it is only necessary to have the plate connected to the energizer for a short period of time. Subsequently it is recommended that the plate stays in the stable (disconnected from the energizer) to prevent the horse from further kicking.Kick-Stop should only be activated under supervision.The current in the Kick-Stop Plate is very weak, equivalent to that used in fencing wire used for rabbits and hens. Horses will not become stressed or afraid.

 

You can see an intro to the installation here

 

Kick-Stop is developed in consultation with veterinarians

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Kick-Stop is unique in being energized without containing wires, and there is only a very weak pulse to achieve the desired effect.

 

 

 

Kick-Stop in the stable

1. Musculature for extension of shoulder

2. Carpal joint

3. Fetlock and frontal surface of toe

4. Coronary boarder

5. Gluteal musculature (muscle)

6. Muscles of the back of the thigh

(biceps femoris)

7. Achilles tendon

8. Hock

9. Toe: bones, joints and ligaments

10. Sole of hoof, bulb of heel

Negative reinforcement

Kick-Stop is based on learning through "negative reinforcement"  which means that the horse's behaviour is connected directly with the subsequent impacts from the surruoundings, i.e. here the rubber matting.

A negative reinforcement can be defined as something an individual will actively try to avoid. Negative  reinforcement should not be confused with punishment. Punishment is something that follows after a behavior has occurred and usually at a time when it is no longer possible to alter the behaviour.

Negative reinforcement is used when you give the horse the opportunity of

changing an unwanted behaviour and thus the horse receives something unpleasant in order to stop.

This learning, which is well known  among researchers of animal behaviour , is based on making the horse believe that its action alone creates the negative feedback.

In order for the learning to work, it requires that the horse is focused 100% on what it is doing . The best and most effective learning happens when the horse is experiencing the impact, while its focus is 100% on its action, thereby linking it with his own action directly to the effect.

 

Kick-Stop from

RubberGuard ApS 

cvr. 36059087 

Tlf.  +45 4576 710

info@kickstop.dk