Poll Tension & Equine Red Light Therapy Poll Cap


Poll Tension & Equine Red Light Therapy Poll Cap


A truly unique red/infrared light therapy product which covers the frontal, occipital and TMJ/mandible regions on the horse. One hundred and twenty eight Red (660nm) and Infrared (830nm) LEDS are strategically positioned over acupuncture points, trigger points and areas of high muscle tension throughout the head for maximum therapeutic effect. Suitable for both professional and recreational use.

How it works: Light therapy is a process by which energy (photons) are absorbed through the skin and taken up by photoreceptors within the cell’s mitochondria. The haemoglobin in the cell is then triggered to release nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide is an important signalling molecule that dilates the blood vessels thus allowing increased circulation and tissue oxygenation. It's essential for tissue regeneration on any level.

Nitric oxide is also a neurotransmitter, promotes collagen synthesis and collagen fibril alignment. Importantly, Nitric oxide stimulates the production of cellular energy - Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP then transports throughout the body to where it is needed.

Usage: Tissue will only absorb so much light energy in one application. We recommended using it for 10 to 15 minutes when the Therapy Wrap is around a limb. When the Wrap is being used flat, 15 to 20 minutes per area is sufficient to give a high enough therapeutic application.

Up to 3 applications can be made over a 24 hour period if necessary. Best benefits can be achieved when the pads are used regularly.

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Poll tension is an all too common management issue in horses -particularly performance horses. The origins of tension are many and varied and are beyond the scope of this article. However common symptoms of poll tension are:

  • The horse riding heavier on one rein than the other.
  • Overly sensitive to touch around the ears or palpation about the poll.
  • Difficulty in bridling.
  • Resists bending in one direction
  • Stopping at jumps.
  • Has a reluctance to step through from behind.

Poll tension may often be a result of an imbalance elsewhere in the horse. If you think of your horse’s motion as a wave that originates in the hind end and flows through the body and neck, you can see that the poll is the point at which the wave ends. Interruption at any point along the movement chain will ultimately have an effect on the poll. Because your horse’s body works as a unit that strives for balance, tight poll muscles can also be a secondary issue, a warning flag for a problem that originates somewhere else. Although the poll area is relatively small compared to the overall structure of the horse, it is of pivotal importance to his freedom and ease of movement.

How can the Equine Red Light Therapy Poll Cap Help?

The Poll Cap can be a valuable aid in the management of poll tension due to the strategic placement of the red and infrared LEDs over acupuncture points, trigger points and common areas of tension throughout the head. Light Therapy is known for its rapid ability to open up circulation, reduce inflammation, increase collagen and ATP production, and release endorphins. All of which offer significant healing benefits for poll tension.

Recommended application time: A session of 15 to 20 minutes will provide a good therapeutic dose of light energy. No harm can be done if the cap is left on for longer periods of time as the body will only absorb what it needs in any one session. Daily use is recommended when there is a pre-existing issue in the Poll. Otherwise, use on an “as needed” basis. Pre-exercise is best or after the horse has cooled down from a workout. Indeed it has been well acclaimed as an effective pre- and post-performance aid for racing and competition horses.


  • One Equine Red Light Therapy Poll Cap with lithium ion rechargeable battery
  • Two elasticated Velcro attachment straps
  • Battery charger
  • Carry bag
  • Instruction booklet
  • One year warranty


  • The Poll Cap measures a generous 70cm x 35cm for maximum coverage.
  • Conveniently powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery allowing up to 3 hours of continuous use.
  • One size fits all horses from large Warmbloods down to Galloway size.
  • Accessories include attachment straps for easy application and adjustment.