The Benefits of Cold, Salt water therapy

Friday, January 15, 2016

Benefits of Cold Salt water therapy

Cold Salt Water Therapy 

Cold, salt water has been widely recognized for its healing qualities for hundreds of years.  It has been used successfully to treat sore muscles and joints, arthritis, wound healing and skin issues.  Many athletes believe it is the key to healing and longevity in sport.  

We believe cold, salt water therapy can help heal horses with tendonitis, desmitis, arthritis and wounds as well as skin issues such as scratches.  It is an excellent therapy for acute injuries as it helps to relieve inflammation by taking away waste products and bringing in fresh blood supply to accelerate healing.  the salt allows the water to stay in a liquid state at a lower temperature without freezing as well as creating a hypertonic solution, which acts as a natural poultice.

With an injury, swelling occurs due to inflamed cells and an abundance of waste products and toxins.  Due to the swelling, the capillaries which help to circulate blood, are constricted.   This makes it very difficult to remove toxins and bring in new blood for healing.   The cold, salt water helps to decrease swelling and therefore, the capillaries are able to dilate which helps remove the toxins and bring in fresh, oxygenated blood.

Cold salt waters' therapeutic treatment lasts approximately 15 minutes and can greatly shorten healing and/or recovery time.    It is best used as a preventative treatment.  Many professional athletes realize that the key to both success and longevity in any sport is preventative therapies.  

After an equine athlete competes and/or has an intense workout, many micro-tears occur.   This is a normal result of exercise and therefore must occur for the body to become stronger.   The body naturally needs to recover and rest before it can safely compete again without injury.   In the case of horse shows, many horses are not able to fully recover before competing again.  By accelerating healing and decreasing the recovery time, the cold salt water spa can help greatly decrease the horses chance of injury.

For more information about the cold, salt water spa,  please email

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Matt and Deb Hirons

Yesterday, Matt and Deb Hirons came to visit us at our place.  It was great meeting people in the horse world who are committed to making horse more comfortable as well as their riders.   They have a fantastic tool which measures both left and right sides of the horses back in relation to the spine, as well as the angles of the spine from the withers to the lower thorax.   This measurement tells us if the horse if more muscled on a particular side.   Matt and Deb can work with your  saddle, if at all possible, to change either the tree or the flogging to adjust to the horses build.  In their experience, if they can adjust the saddle to free up the horses' movement,  many times the horse begins to become more symmetrical as their movement is not impinged by the saddle.  They usually advise on a follow up fit in 3 months to see if the saddle needs any adjustments.   I was very impressed with their commitment and expertise.   Their website is:  if you'd like to check them out.  

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Saddle Fitter

Hi!  Today an independent saddle fitter, Matt Hirons,  is coming to our Therapy Center.   I look forward to meeting him and finding our more about his work.    In my experience, saddle fit can create many problems for both horse and rider.   Think about what we are asking our horses to do.  Our weight on their backs, with many riders not perfectly balanced at all times.  If the saddle is pinching the withers, or too loose and "swimming" around, it can create many problems.  I know some ill fitting saddles can be helped through special pads, etc.  as it can get pricey to buy several saddles.

I look forward to our meeting today and will post more tomorrow.