THE HYDRO SPA
What is an Equine Salt Water Hydrotherapy Spa?
Simply put, it’s the sea in a Spa! The Equine Salt Water Hydrotherapy Spa is based on the therapeutic use of cold sea water. It is widely known that cold sea water has a positive anti-inflammatory effect on tissues which improves healing and helps to protect against injury.
How does the Equine Salt Water Hydrotherapy Spa work?
There are several factors involved...
Temperature: The Spa water is chilled between 35 °F and 37 °F (2 °C and 4 °C) to reduce heat and inflammation. At this temperature, analgesic pain management is provided, and enzyme degeneration of tendons post injury is inhibited.
Salt Concentration: The salt acts as a hypertonic poultice, reducing heat while having a natural healing effect on wounds. Water density increases with salt concentration, which in turn increases pressure to aid fluid and waste dispersal.
Aeration: This has a massaging effect on the leg, and increases the dissolved oxygen content of the spa solution.
Depth: The depth of the water is proportionate to the pressure exerted on the leg which aids fluid and waste dispersal. Water depth of the spa is adjustable dependent upon the position and severity of injury.
Biological Control: Temperature and chemical levels combine to eliminate the transfer of microbiological infection.
Dissolved Oxygen: As water temperature decreases, its ability to carry oxygen increases. Increased oxygenation through the introduction of aeration is believed to enhance natural defence systems, much like the use of a hyperbaric chamber for humans.
Do I need Veterinary referral for my horse or pony to come to you?
If we are treating a current injury or a chronic condition, your horse will need veterinary referral.
If your horse/pony is using the spa before/after competition as a preventative measure or for maintenance no referral is needed, but if your horse or pony has any underlying conditions such as arthritis or is on any form of medication you will need to let us know prior to your visit in case we need to check anything with your vet.
Is Equine Salt Water Hydrotherapy covered by insurance?
Yes! Equine Salt Water Hydrotherapy is a widely recognised treatment for lower limb injuries and most insurance companies will cover treatment. Please contact your insurance company to talk about their specifications for treatment.
How many sessions will my horse/pony need?
For resident patients the number of treatments will be determined by the severity and site of the injury we are treating.
Every horse differs, and we work closely with your Veterinary Surgeon to make sure yours is getting the best out of their stay here. Maintenance treatments are often used after heavy competition or fast work, and many riders will bring their horse direct from competing to us. Please contact us to discuss individual cases.
How do horses respond to being in the Spa?
Obviously each horse is different, but in the main horses are very calm during treatment and even drift off into a snooze!
We take the health and safety of our staff very seriously, so in rare cases where we are treating severely distressed horses, or horses we have been told may be exceptionally difficult we will ask a vet to be on standby for the first session. We ask that day patients provide a well fitting snaffle bridle or chifney for the first few sessions.
How much is a session in the Salt Water Equine Hydrotherapy Spa?
Each Session is £30 for day visitors - Discounted rates are available for block bookings paid in advance and resident horses. Click here to book now.