Can you afford NOT to use the spa... 

For the benefit and wellbeing of the horse..

 

The spa has proven case studies and more and more leading riders are using the spa to maintain soundness or to reduce convalescence time / box rest.

 

 

It has excelled in the treatment of lameness, leg injuries, wounds, tendons and Laminitis etc...The spa can be used independently or to compliment other therapies.

Hydrotherapy or treatment in water, especially seawater, has been a time-honoured therapy for the treatment of injury and inflammation. Cold hosing and the application of ice packs in the early stages of injury are of significant value to the healing process in most cases.

 

The water temperature is 2 degrees Celsius and has more salt than the sea and also contains Epsom salts to act has a poultice.

 

The spa can help the following equine injuries:

 

  • Tendons and Ligament Injuries
  • Soft-tissue damage
  • Fractures
  • Sore shins, bruising, splints and ringbone
  • Bursitis and synovitis
  • Inflammation of Joints
  • Laminitis
  • Flesh wounds
  • Abscesses, bruising and hoof related problems
  • Mud fever and skin conditions
  • Concussion
  • Arthritis
  • Navicular syndrome
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Preventative measure - pre and post competitions
  • Injury Prevention and increased mobility

 

The low treatment temperature induces a massive rush of blood and circulation which otherwise would not be present. This provides analgesic pain management as well as inhibiting enzyme degeneration of tendons post injury.

 

Equine Spa Costs

Insurance companies recognises the spa and know the benefits of hydrotherapy. If your horse is referred by a vet, your insurance company will pay for treatment.


If you are not insured a single visit costs just £25, and packages are available for six or more treatments.

We are able to cater for emergency cases.

 

Why Hydrotherapy Works for Leg Injuries in Horses.

 

Traditionally horses were stood in cold running streams or walked in the sea as an aid to the treatment and prevention of leg problems and, today, cold hosing is a standard modality for cooling down horses after exercise.

Sea water in particular with its high salt content has an anti-inflammatory effect which facilitates healing and helps guard against injury. However, the temperature may not normally be sufficiently cold enough to affect the structures most often involved in injury.

To properly understand how Equine Spa low temperature hydrotherapy works we need to review how the body reacts to the trauma of strains, cuts and bruises.

When soft tissue is injured through a cut, tear or by concussive trauma the body releases enzymes and proteins causing the blood vessel walls in that vicinity to dilate and become more porous.

Lymphocytes are directed to the site of the trauma passing through the porous membranes and entering the injured tissues to begin fighting the infection. The extra fluids, carrying the oxygen and proteins for tissue repair, pool around the injured area causing edema or swelling which helps to immobilise the injury. Tissue damage also triggers the secretion of hormones which cause much of the pain the horse feels in order to prevent overuse of the affected limb. Additionally, the increased blood flow to the site of the injury results in a rise in temperature in the tissues in that vicinity.

The three main symptoms of inflammation, namely pain, heat, and swelling, occur in varying degrees depending on the site, nature, and severity of the injury.

The downside of inflammation is that it may rage out of control and hinder the healing process resulting in secondary tissue damage or hypoxic injury, which can compound the problem. In addition, blood vessels in the area are put under increasing pressure by the fluid build-up, thereby slowing down the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid.

The safest way to break the destructive cycle of secondary cell injury and excess swelling is to use the horse's circulatory system to sweep away excess fluids that have collected in the tissues.

While anti-inflammatory agents such as bute reduce swelling and heat, they may also mask pain confusing the diagnostic picture. Also, the use of corticosteroids to control heat and inflammation may have the disadvantage of shutting down the whole healing process.

The two natural ways of encouraging the dispersal of excess fluids are the application of heat or cold. Heat, however, is not normally applied to an acute injury which leaves us with cold


There is a comfortable waiting room for your use to "spa whilst you wait," and we are also able to offer stabling for your horse on a daily, weekly or monthly basis for longer treatment courses. Livery and Transport can be arranged, and our access is suitable for large horseboxes.

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