The Hansbo Story
It all started when...
Combining a love of horses with an expertise in textiles, entrepreneurs Hans and Bo founded Hansbo Sport in 1977 to create a new kind of rug – one that would keep horses dry and also breathe. Their multi-purpose rug, made from a special fabric woven and stitched in Sweden, was a huge success.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Hansbo rugs were used by the equestrian Olympic teams of Sweden, Finland and England. We also became purveyors to HM The Queen of England when Hansbo multi-purpose rugs were ordered for the horses at the Buckingham Palace stables.
It was important to us from the start that our products meet the needs of professional riders. During our 40 years in business, we have worked to continually enhance our products and expand our range.
Keeping pace with the new requirements that different disciplines create for both riders and horses has been an exciting challenge.
All our products are evaluated thoroughly before we begin production, with sponsor riders at various levels putting our innovations to the test. Among them are the Rio 2016 silver medalist, as well as riders competing in international and national levels in dressage, jumping, eventing, western and trotting.
Product development and design at Hansbo are still centred in Sweden, while production is carried out in different parts of the world. We demand high standards from the factories that produce our products, and all meet REACH’s and Childhood’s more specific requirements. We have worked with many of these factories for over 25 years, and continue to ensure that they comply with and evolve with requirements all over the world.
Now we’re taking another exciting step in our product development with a specially designed series that features rugs, saddle pads and halters containing both ceramic and magnetic materials – with properties that can enhance the wellbeing of your horse and have a nurturing effect.
We call it HANSBO SPORT ICM.
What is Hansbo Sport ICM?
The Hansbo Sport ICM series combines many years of expertise in equestrian products with innovative healing technology that targets vulnerable areas of the horse that are sensitive during and after hard work. While focused on rehabilitation, our latest product line is also designed for optimal fit, function and style.
Hansbo Sport ICM wraps, rugs, boots, saddle pads and harnesses work by generating their own heat, giving the horse a greater feeling of wellbeing and helping to prevent injuries.
It is well known that heat accelerates healing in joint disorders. Heat has long been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis as well as muscle aches and injuries, and problems in tendons and ligaments. Clinical studies have more recently shown that ceramic material placed against the skin activates infrared waves from body heat in specific areas to aid in healing.
Infrared waves accelerate blood circulation in the body, so-called deep heat. Heat-sensitive nerves are activated, which reduces muscle tension and stimulates the body to emit endorphins, creating a sense of wellbeing. As the processes interact, the effect of the infrared waves reaches deeper into the body and can also have a positive effect on inflammation.
Use of ceramic fabrics can increase blood flow by up to 80% and reduce muscle spasms. Increased blood circulation speeds up healing in skin and muscle, as well as bones.
HANSBO SPORT ICM FEATURES TWO INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES: CERMIC IC AND CERAMIC/MAGNETIC ICM.
Supporting a horse’s wellbeing helps it to perform at its peak. Regular use of HANSBO SPORT ICM enables a faster recovery period after exercise.
Hansbo Sport ICM products should be used cautiously at first to allow your horse to get used to the ceramic and magnetic effects of the fabric. Not to be used when pregnant.