Regular use of a hydrotherapy spa for competition horses can greatly reduce the everyday stresses that have the potential to develop into serious injuries.
Using a spa or pool is a more effective and much quicker way of treating tired legs after exercise than hours of cold hosing.
Specially developed swimming pools and equine spas for horses using computer controlled water temperatures can bring even better results than manual cold hosing.
Horses treated with cold water spa therapy have shown improvements in conditions ranging from navicular syndrome and laminitis to severe skin lesions. In some cases it appears hoof growth was stimulated.
Equine cold water spas with oxygen jets and highly mineralised water have been shown to be particularly useful for healing abrasions and treating tendon problems in horses and ponies.
A typical equine spa is a unit with doors at both ends enabling horses to be loaded and unloaded easily. Once the horse has been walked into the unit it is sealed. The spa unit is then slowly filled up with water - this usually takes about 3 minutes. Typically a session will last from 10 - 20 minutes. The spa is then emptied and the horse is walked out. The water temperatures are controlled by computer at between 2 - 4° centigrade.