Regular use of a hydrotherapy spa for competition horses can greatly reduce the everyday stresses that have the potential to develop into serious injuries. It is one of the most effective methods for alleviating soft tissue related aches and pains of equine athletes, however still underutilized by horsemen.
Cold salt water helps with faster athletic recovery. The capillaries that supply blood the horse’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments expand to bring in needed blood flow during strenuous athletic effort. Afterwards, the excess flow can persist and the now-unneeded fluid brings enzymes associated with inflammation. These fluids pool and can make these athletes sore and stretch tissues, which can lead to short and long term stocking up. Post competition cold therapy can help close up those vessels, restoring the normal circulatory conditions quickly.
This drug free therapy can also be used for injury prevention and to increase mobility and reduce swelling in the limbs before and after competitive events and training.