I also use them for full rides now that we’ve worked up to it. I started using the bands about 2.5 months ago and over that time my rides with the bands have averaged about 30 min. My dressage schools usually range from 30 to 50 min depending on how they go and what we’re working on. I’ve been using the bands for every dressage school at home, but not for dressage lessons or jump schools/lessons. Sometimes I use them on hacks but not always. The longest I’ve ever had them on was 70 minutes but that was because I kept having to stop my ride to troubleshoot my Pivo , so he wasn’t working the whole time.
I have a little more anecdotal evidence for the bands now. My dressage coach saw my horse last week for the first time since March and was really impressed with his topline and general muscling. She said he looks the strongest she’s ever seen him, his walk has improved greatly, and he’s moving better behind in the trot (he’s a TB with kind of a short, choppy trot). He was only in very light work April - September while rehabbing from stepping on a nail, so I credit the improvement to the work done since I started with the Equiband in October. I can definitely say it has improved his walk pirouettes and reinback specifically.
I’m going to keep using it most rides for a while longer before I start tapering. Their website says “it takes up to three months to gain full strengthen and condition,” but we’ve missed days/weeks here and there between a shoeing mishap and the weather.
I wonder if there would be any value in using a band across the chest/shoulders? My guy tends to be tight in his shoulders so something that encourages him to reach forward more could be helpful.