Benefits and Science Behind Thera-Tree®

Thera-Tree®: An Innovative Tool for Therapy and Performance

Thera-Tree® is non-riding device for performance enhancement and therapy. It is used for therapy, optimized performance, recovery and relaxation.


For Therapy

  • Alleviates back pain along the topline
  • Reduces tightness and stiffness in muscles and joints
  • Promotes wellness by optimizing cellular function
  • Increases hydration
  • Reduces digestive disorders
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Treats kissing spine

For Performance

  • Pre-ride use allows horses to begin their work limber, pain-free, relaxed, and focused
  • Improves cardiovascular performance
  • Helps to normalize sweat levels
  • Reduces or eliminates “cold back”

For Recovery

  • Post-ride use promotes cardiovascular & respiratory recovery
  • Relieves muscle soreness & fatigue after exertion

For Relaxation

  • Reduces anxiety and stress during farrier or veterinarian visits making a safer experience for horse and human
  • Reduces stress, anxiety & tension during & after shipping, training, competing
  • Promotes relaxation in horses that are stall bound or on restricted movement- like in a trailer
  • Reduces stall walking
  • Daily use creates happier horses

For Trailering

  • Eases anxiety in transporting
  • Smooths loading/unloading and general trailering experience
  • Essential for frequent transports- keeps horses calm before competitions and lessons 

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The Science Behind Thera-Tree® and SmartRideRx™

How It Works

We believe the Thera-Tree® emits a beneficial electromagnetic field in the far infrared (FIR) spectrum. This is due to the combination of its materials, manufacturing processes and geometry. Very small amounts of voltage are created by means of piezoelectric effect. The charge generated in the Thera-Tree® has been measured consistently in the 40-60 mv range with a Tektronix oscilloscope. This voltage is partially stored and re-radiated as a beneficial electromagnetic field, measuring about 9 cubic feet in size, extending above, below, front and back, and to the sides. The Thera-Tree® needs no wires, batteries, recharging, or magnets.

Why it Works

Far Infrared energy (FIR) is known to reduce inflammation, lessen pain and promote healing. Infrared light is part of the beneficial light spectrum the sun provides particularly at sunrise and twilight. It is also used worldwide for medical treatment applications. The health benefits cited in studies match up with those observed in horses who have been experiencing our SmartRide Rx and Thera-Tree® technology for the past 5 years: significant improvements in hydration, skin quality, muscle tone and recovery, joint flexibility, relaxation, digestive functioning, cardiovascular performance and lymphatic system circulation.

Infrared light creates zones of charge differential in water which drive critical cellular functions in the body. This energy is constantly being used and needs to be resupplied.  When insufficient amounts of infrared are absorbed, intracellular water becomes less biologically available and dehydration occurs. The role of the Thera-Tree® is to provide an infrared energy source essential to recharging the “water battery" within the body. This additional energy is beneficial for overall metabolic wellness and aids healing.

See links below for human studies on FIR at Nasa and NCBI

Far Infrared Radiation (FIR): Its Biological Effects and Medical Applications

NASA Light Technology Successfully Reduces Cancer Patients Painful Side Effects from Radiation and Chemotherapy

The Effect of Far Infrared Radiation Therapy on Inflammation Regulation

Hydrate at the Cellular Level to Improve Health and Longevity

Vatansever, F. & Hamblin, M. (2012). Far Infared Radiation (FIR): Its biological affects and medical implications. Photonics Laser Med., doi:10.1515/plm-2012-0034. Retrieved from

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Dr. Jose Castro ~ Gastric Ulcers

After seeing the positive impacts of the Thera-Tree on a client’s horse named Pago, and upon hearing about Tad’s group of carefully managed test horses, Dr. Jose Castro contacted Tad about conducting a study on the horses in the TCPS stable.

The 5 horses in Tad’s program live in an environment of controlled variables (no supplements, pharmaceuticals, or other therapies) with the sole purpose of being available to help Tad with saddle innovation. Over the course of thousands of experiments, these horses have provided the feedback necessary to understand the relationship between the saddle and the horse’s back.

It is remarkable to note that in the past 5-6 years, there have been no incidences of digestive disorders such as cases of colic or evidence of ulcers in the horses in Tad’s program.  This timeline correlates with the inception of the SmartRide Rx technology in Tad’s saddles and his invention of the therapeutic device, the Thera-Tree. Also during this period, there has been visible increase in overall wellbeing among these horses, which leads credence to Tad’s hypothesis that his technology has an effect on water on a cellular level.

Tad welcomed Dr. Castro to conduct his own independent study of the TCPS horses in the interest of promoting holistic equine wellbeing, and also to see if Dr. Castro’s findings would help corroborate Tad’s hypothesis.

Click here to see the write up from Dr. Castro:

Additional Resources

Pollack G. (2019-2020) The Fourth Phase of Water

Pollack G. (11/21/16) “Water, Cells, and Life”

The Science of Grounding: How Earthing Improves The Science of Grounding: How Earthing Improves Sleep and Reduces Inflammation with Clint Ober

Seneff S. (11/15/16) “Mineral Power for Your Body’s Electrical Supply”

Ho MW. (2013). “Quantum Coherent Liquid Crystalline Water & the Life-Field, part 1 of Life is Water Electric”

Holland, M. (2017) Comparison of Heart Rate in a Horse using Tad Coffin Performance Saddles and a Steuben Saddle. Retrieved from: