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To better understand radiant heat, let’s first discuss thermal energy and heat transfer. “Thermal energy” is just a fancy way to say “heat.” Thermal energy always moves – from the warm object to the cooler object. This radiant heat transfer can occur in three ways.

First – there is convection. Thermal energy is transferred by air movement. In a forced-air heating system, air is blown across a hot surface – then it carries that heat through ductwork. When that warm air is blown into the room, the air temperature rises and the objects in the room are heated by the air. The downside is – air movement tends to cool the human body, which makes this method of heating counterintuitive to the idea of comfort.

Second – there is conduction. A heated surface comes into physical contact with a cooler surface. Thermal energy is transferred from warmth to cold by contact. This is an efficient way to transfer heat – but when it comes to human comfort – it’s not easy to keep your body in constant contact with a heat source. Just try it sometime…

Third – there is radiant heat. Energy is transmitted as an infrared wave from a heat source to a cooler object with very little heat loss in the process. Our planet receives energy from the sun in the form of radiant heat. the space between is very cold, but because the thermal energy travels as an infrared wave – very little energy is lost – and it heats the first solid object it comes into contact with, our planet.

This is the primary principle at work in a radiant heating system. Instead of blowing heated air around, you turn a surface into a heating panel and radiate thermal energy into the room.

The logical choice is to turn the floor into a heating panel. Heat will radiate from the floor to the objects in the room. In addition, cool air at the floor will be heated and gently rise and spread throughout the area. An in floor hydronic heat system can be custom designed to do just that.

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If you are looking to warm your floors with a radiant heat system, and have typed “radiant heat system” into a search engine, you might find yourself scratching your head at this point. There are dozens of products available to purchase, and there are even more companies telling you that their product is the best.

So which product is the best? Should you install a hydronic heating system that pumps hot water through your floors, an electric cable heating system, or a low voltage screen system? The answer lies in the type of project you are doing. Not every system is ideal for every project, but there is an ideal system for every project.

Hydronic Heating Systems

Hydronic floor heating is the oldest and most popular type of radiant floor heating. These systems are comprised of a boiler or hot water heater, pumps, manifolds, pex tubing, thermostat, and either gypcrete (a concrete-like material) or wood panels. Hydronic heating is the most complex of all radiant heat systems. These systems require trained professionals to design and perform the installation. Your best economies of scale are achieved for hydronic systems in large areas or entire homes because of their expensive components and operational costs.

Hydronic systems can be installed under any type of flooring. Most hydronic systems require hot water tubing to be installed in a 2 to 4 inch bed of light concrete and are best installed during the initial construction because of its weight load demands and adjustments to floor height. Recent low-mass products have been developed to avoid these challenges by fitting the tubing into pre-cut wood panels making hydronic systems more convenient and possible for most major remodeling projects.

If you want to heat smaller areas like a bathroom or kitchen, a hydronic floor heating system may not be the best value for your project. The complexity and cost of installing the system, along with the long-term maintenance and up-keep required, is not worth the small amount you will save in operational costs.

Electric Cable Heating

Electric cable heating systems, often called line or high voltage systems, are gaining popularity and are ideal for heating smaller areas (10-300 square feet) like bathrooms, kitchens, and sun rooms. These systems are comprised of a thermostat and a heating cable. On some systems, the cable will be shipped to you as a large spool of cable. These systems are often times less expensive, and give you the ability to space the cable how you want and customize a layout that will heat every square inch of your floor. Other systems have the cable attached to a plastic mesh or tape to create a mat to maintain its proper spacing.

Every available cable system is equally effective, and so when determining which system to purchase, you should look at the warranty of the product, along with the ease of installation. Some cables must be embedded in a separate layer of concrete or mortar, whereas other systems can simply be installed in the thin set. Most cable systems can only be installed under tile. However, on others, if the cable is embedded in mortar or concrete, any flooring can be installed on top of the concrete. When heating smaller areas, it is nearly impossible to beat the simplicity and price of an electric cable heating system.

Low-Voltage Screen

Finally, there are low-voltage radiant heat systems. These systems are ideal for mid-size to larger areas (300-3000 square feet) and are comprised of a control box, transformer, heating screen or cable, and thermostat. The main advantage to a low-voltage screen (Zmesh) system is the extremely low profile of the heating element. Zmesh is a 12 inch wide bronze-wired mesh that resembles screen door material. This mesh is practically paper thin and does not buildup floors during the installation. Zmesh can be installed directly under any type of flooring including hardwood, tile, and carpet. Whereas most cable systems must be installed on top of the concrete board when installing tile, Zmesh can be installed underneath it. These systems are easy to install and don’t require maintenance like a hydronic system.

Radiant heat technology has made significant advances over the years and is an excellent way to supplement your existing heating system or be your sole source of heat. One good way to be assured that you’re being sold the best system for your project is to buy from a company that offers all of the available types of radiant heat.

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Horsemen and women invest millions of dollars around the world every year to ensure safety for themselves and their horses. State of the art products, expensive saddles and other innovative tack are commonly found in stables everywhere. Safety is the most important issue when riding so we want to have peace of mind that we are using the right protection, whether it is for ourselves or for our horse.

The Nexgen Acugel saddle pad uses Latex inserts to prevent any damage to the horse’s back. It has a thick layer to cushion the saddle and rider’s weight. The surface touching the horse has bumps to create air flow and ‘provides great orthopaedic spine support by dynamically confirming to every contour of Horse back and offering a perfect balance of comfort and support to the horse spine’ according to the manufacturer’s website. This product seems to be the perfect invention for your horse and you but my experience with this product has changed my mind dramatically.

While doing Endurance training with my mare, I used the Nexgen Acugel saddle pad along with a Wintec Isabelle Worth dressage saddle with ‘Cair Panels’. We were doing strenuous work which could have caused catastrophic damage to my horse if she wasn’t protected correctly. After reading about all the benefits of this new product, I borrowed it from a friend, thinking that this was the ultimate protection for my horse. She seemed to go well and looked very comfortable with the saddle and pad so I was very happy to know my horse was safe.

After I finished training the next week, my mare seemed sore in the back. We put out to spell and kept an eye on her. In the next few days, small white dots appeared on her withers and happened to be in the pattern of the Nexgen Acugel saddle pad.

We have racked our minds over this and can’t find any other cause other than the Saddle Pad. Her back is fine now but it has taken quite a while to get her back in action. The white marks are permanent and aren’t nice for her appearance. While consulting a person who has also tried this product, she replied “ Yes, they tend to do that”. Apparently, I’m not the first to have this happen.

I’m not saying, “Don’t try it! It will ruin your horse.” I’m really just notifying you of my experiences with the Nexgen Acugel saddle pad asking you to be careful if you so decide to try it. Good luck with it!

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Spring Valley, CA – The new SMx Air Ride saddle pad from Professional’s Choice delivers a ride that is unsurpassed in its smoothness for both horse and rider alike. It utilizes the latest technology to produce a pad that is not only shock absorbent and lightweight, but also breathable – one that epitomizes the Professional’s Choice motto, “The more comfortable the horse, the better the performance.”

Professional’s Choice is showcasing the SMx line with a newly designed and eye-catching 100% wool Navajo blanket on the Western Show Pad, which comes in nine new colors. It not only looks great but is extremely durable, while the merino wool lining helps to wick away moisture and the all-natural fibers are comfortable for the horse. However, you can now get any of your favorite Air Ride pads in the new SMx version, including the All-Around and the Charmayne James Signature Barrel Pad.

A new, patented padding material made up of thousands of tiny beads allows air to circulate in every direction resulting in accelerated heat and moisture evaporation, making it highly breathable. Your horse will feel less heat and cool off faster, increasing overall performance.

This revolutionary new padding also has a unique shock absorbing ability. Excess energy from impact is deflected throughout the pad and away from the horse’s back. It actually relieves pressure from the most sensitive area of a horse’s back and distributes the weight of saddle and rider evenly over the entire pad. This prevents pressure points from forming and gives an even, comfortable ride, not only for the horse, but for the rider as well. In fact, in some cases it even makes it more comfortable for the rider’s back.

Of course, Professional’s Choice made sure that the SMx Air Ride was rigorously tested under the most strenuous conditions. The results surpassed all expectations. The patented shock-absorbing features also make the pad compression-resistant even under the most demanding use. Durable and extremely long lasting, it may just be the longest lasting saddle pad you’ll ever buy!

The results obtained from this pad were so excellent that Professional’s Choice has backed it up with a 60-day money back guarantee and a one-year warranty (though we think anybody purchasing the new SMx Air Ride will be so pleased that they’ll have no cause to use them). If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your new pad you can return it to its place of purchase and receive a full refund.

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Size and Fit:
A properly fitting pad will extend at least one inch beyond the saddle on all sides. This means that you should choose a pad that is at least 2 inches longer than the length of your saddle and 2 inches wider than the width of the underside of the skirts. A smaller pad won’t provide enough protection and can result in sores. A pad that’s too big can cause problems, too by creating excess heat and bulk.

Care:
Before each use, inspect your pad for burs, twigs, hay or other annoying things that will drive your horse crazy rubbing on his back while you ride. Think about walking around with a stone in your shoe all day. In between use, a pad needs to air out and dry completely. The best solution is to have a bar or something that you can hang the pad on. The worse thing you can do is to place the pad with the horse-side (sweaty side) down on top of your saddle. This delay drying and also transfers the moisture to your saddle. That’s just gross. If you have no other option, lay the pad with the horse-side up on your saddle. A pad needs to be cleaned regularly. Dirt, hair and sweat builds up quickly on a pad and becomes an irritant to your horse.

Some Additional Tips:
Different riding activities call for different types of pads. A roper needs maximum shock absorption. A cutter, who won’t be riding for long periods, needs only a thin blanket so that close contact is maintained. A barrel racer needs a rounded pad that’s very light. An endurance or pleasure rider needs a lighter, highly breathable pad that helps distribute the rider’s weight evenly. Like saddles, different uses require different saddle pads. Many riders mistakenly believe that the thicker the pad the better. This is a common mistake. Too much bulk under the saddle makes the saddle unstable and interferes with your contact with the horse. It also increases the amount of heat generated and the chance that you’ll have a fold or bunched up area that will cause discomfort and a sore.

Wear leathers are small strips of leather sewn onto the edge of the pads to protect against wear from the rubbing of the stirrup leathers. These are a nice addition, but shouldn’t be too thick or they’ll interfere with contact with your horse.

”Self-conforming” is a current buzzword in saddle pads. Many pads now have gels and liquids inserted to cushion and conform the pad to the horse’s back. While there are some great new technology pads out there, the concept is definitely not new. Wool and mohair are great self-conforming materials and they’ve been around for ages.

Some pads have a “cut-away” design, where the pad has a cut out for the withers. This is an especially nice option for high-withered horses that might find a full pad rubbing on the withers uncomfortable.

The bottom line remains that the better your saddle fits, the less important the saddle pad will be. Start with a good fitting saddle, add a quality pad, and you’ll have a great outfit.

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The new TRP from Passier distinguishes itself from conventional pads by means of the two special recesses that sit over the sensitive rearward part of the trapezius muscle. These oval recesses provide demonstrable pressure relief. Furthermore the pad encourages better activity over the back and relaxation, as well as promoting good muscle development it can also be used as a preventative measure against over-sensitive reactions to the saddle.

RRP £115
One size fits all
Colour – White

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Notes to Editor

The TRP has been tested at the renowned Graf-Lehndorff-Institute for Equine Sciences at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Vienna and found to have a clearly positive effect. The studies confirm that use of the pad leads to relaxation and improved suppleness of the horse in all gaits as well as having a positive effect on the horse’s well-being and ability to perform.

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Here’s a quick tip for keeping your saddle pads clean and comfortable for your horse. Many people prefer to use a very thin “sweat pad” underneath the regular pad, made of an easily washable and absorbent material that absorbs the sweat and keeps your pad clean.

If you use a thicker pad that is hard to wash in a machine, you can periodically curry it with a metal curry comb to remove sweat and hair or you can take it to the car wash and hang it where you would normally hang your car mats to give a high-pressure wash. Make sure to rinse it very well and leave plenty of time for it to dry thoroughly in the sun.

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Aptos, CA, (May 18, 2003) – EquiPedic, Inc. has enhanced its line of saddle pads that regulate the surface body temperature of horses. These new endurance and English pads are made with Holofiber™, a break-through responsive textile that has been shown to increase the transcutaneous oxygen levels in the human body by 8-12%. These pads will debut at the Western States Horse Expo on May 31, 2003 in (venue). Equipedic’s patent-pending technology that combines phase change material, and the advanced pressure-relieving material from Tempur-Pedic, Inc. has now added Holofiber, a proprietary patent-pending textile that works with the body’s own energy system to increase oxygen levels, build strength and accelerate muscle recovery. Holofiber is manufactured and marketed by Hologenix, LLC in partnership with Wellman, Inc.

The Equi-CHARGE Oxygenated Energy Recovery System™ (OERS) uses Holofiber to increase transcutaneous oxygen levels. The statistically-significant increase of blood flow and increased oxygen levels was demonstrated in a double blind study on diabetic and vascularly-impaired patients performed by Dr. Lawrence A. Lavery, MPH at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL earlier this year. Dr. Lavery stated, “The significant changes observed are very compelling for this type of product. An 8-to-12% improvement in skin oxygenation could increase marginal circulation enough to improve wound-healing or eliminate ischemic (localized tissue anemia due to the obstruction of inflow of arterial blood) pain …”. Extensive equine testing is continuing to validate comparison between human and equine results, and to determine added benefits.

The combination of Equi-CHARGE OERS, the EquiKOOL™ Temperature Management System and the Tempur-Pedic advanced pressure-relieving material can turn the saddle pad into an active cooling, rapid energy recovery, and comfort management system that is unmatched in the industry. These saddle pads can actually lower the body surface temperature of the horse for extended periods while protecting its back. Additionally, the pads are orthopedic, anti-slip, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and machine washable.

The system provides the ability to keep horses 4-to-7 degrees cooler for extended periods of time, can increase transcutaneous oxygen levels in the area under the saddle, and gives the horse superior comfort levels. “These unique features can give the rider and the horse an extraordinary advantage when performing, especially in endurance, 3-day eventing, and hunter/jumper events”, said Richard Sacks, EquiPedic’s CEO.

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BioFit Saddle Pad Classic Equine’s New BioFit™ Correction Pad Answers Age-old Saddle Fit Problems

The new BioFit ™ Correction Pad from Classic Equine offers real solutions to common saddle fit problems. The Bio Fit ™ features a build up strategically positioned to fit behind the horse’s scapula. The build up is soft enough to conform to varied conformations, yet offers the added support necessary to fill void spaces under the saddle. By eliminating uneven pressure points, horses stay sounder and remain in competition longer.

Classic Equine’s Bio Fit ™ saddle pad is a great remedy for issues where the saddle tips forward and collapses on the spine or shoulder. It also helps even out saddle pressure on horses with high withers and sunken in areas behind the scapula.

This missing muscle mass often seen just behind the shoulder blade can be the result of a number of causes such as ill-fitting saddles, confirmation, or simply a diminishing topline due to old age. No matter the cause, The BioFit ™ Correction pad by Classic Equine can help keep your horse more comfortable and improve his performance.

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The wait is over. The girls have returned. The Zoo is ready to share its new Elephant Habitat with you. On Friday, March 11 the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art elephant habitat. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and just in time for spring break, the highly-anticipated new habitat is home to the Zoo’s two Asian elephants Asha and Chandra, and future elephants including Asha’s first calf due this spring.

Inside the elephant barn - check out that sandy floor!

As guests explore the new $13 million dollar Asian-themed exhibit, they will journey along a beautiful pine boardwalk giving them a picturesque view of the massive habitat. Located in the southeast corner of the Zoo behind Great EscApe, the new habitat spans 9.5 acres making it one of the largest Asian elephant zoo exhibits in the country. In addition to sheer magnitude, exhibit elements including a technologically-advanced elephant barn, three yards each with pools and shade structures, and a presentation pavilion that seats 400+ are sure to impress “ele”fans of all ages.

The 15,600 square feet Elephant Barn features eight separate stalls with different configuration opportunities plus a community stall. Large windows allow guests optimal viewing of the girls while in the community stall from the boardwalk above. Other barn highlights include a radiant floor heating system, raised office with 360 degree view of interior, ambient lighting through windows and skylights and hydraulic-operated animal gates.

Elephants love to swim and each of the three yards; bull, center and herd were designed with pools. The herd yard includes the biggest pool, 12 foot deep plus a waterfall and stream- perfect for making a splash! The yards also include giant shade structures. Built to provide cooling shade for the elephants during warm days, each structure is approximately 30 feet tall.

Meet our girls and their care-givers during one of the daily behavioral presentations in the new Elephant Pavilion. Daily routines such as baths, foot care and training sessions will be seen from the pavilion at 1:15 p.m. weather permitting and are free to attend.

Funding for this $13 million project came from the Zoo’s 1/8 of a cent sales tax, private donations from the Inasmuch Foundation, Devon Energy and ZooFriends memberships.

“This is an exciting time for the Zoo as we re-introduce the elephants to our guests and share this state-of-the-art new habitat with them,” said Dwight Scott, Oklahoma City Zoo Executive Director/CEO. “I’m grateful for the tremendous support the Zoo receives from the community and proud of our team for their continued drive to further our conservation efforts at the zoo and globally.”

The Zoo’s dedication to the care of its elephants, and the protection of wild elephants, is key to our mission. We support vital conservation work in Asia that protect elephants and their habitat, reducing human⁄elephant conflict and incorporating the talents of the people who live in their midst. The Zoo supports the PanEco Foundation, Sumatra with a focus on elephant habitat protection, assisting in elephant/human conflict, responding to crop raids by elephants, setting up elephant corridors, promoting eco-tourism at the Tangkahan Conservation Response Unit (CRU) as well as work at other CRUs.

Elephant conservation is extremely complex and must take into account both human and animal needs. Negative elephant⁄human interactions include crop loss, human fatalities and damage to houses or other structures. Positive interactions include ecotourism, especially when the local community benefits from the tourist revenues. By working to save the native habitat of elephants, we also help dozens of other species through our conservation efforts. Seeing elephants in their natural environment may create inspirational experiences that foster positive attitudes towards elephants. Creative solutions to human⁄elephant conflicts must involve the local people and benefit them, as well as elephants. Making connections for the guests with our elephants and working collaboratively with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, accredited zoos and other experts will help protect these magnificent animals, their shrinking habitats and countless other species in their environment.

Show us your BIGgest grin! The Zoo will be hosting the “Elephant Photo Safari” contest from now through April 9. The Zoo has teamed up with Little Caesars, KJ103, 101.9 The Twister, News9 and News9.com. to celebrate the elephant habitat’s grand opening. Visit one of the photo safari stations located in select metro-area Little Caesars stores, Quail Springs and Sooner Malls and the Zoo and click a pic of yourself with our special photo display! E-mail it to the Zoo to be randomly selected for daily and weekly prizes. Five lucky children will win an Elephant VIP Party, and one lucky winner will win the grand prize, a Rainbow Play Set provided by Statuary World. Last day to submit photos is April 8. The grand prize winner will be announced on April 15.

The elephant extravaganza continues with planned festivities for spring break. Meet the Zoo’s new mascot, Penny throughout the week. Plus, the first 500 children to visit the Zoo through Sunday, March 20, receive free elephant ears to wear courtesy of the Zoo and Little Caesars!

Come be a part of the celebration! Located at the crossroads of I-35 and I-44 in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District, the Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages three to 11 and seniors ages 65 and older. Children two and under are free. Are you a Zoo fan? Find us at facebook.com/okczoobg. For more information, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com. For all things elephant click on the elephant link on our website. You’ll learn about our elephant care team, plants, creature comforts and more.

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