How the ECB Equine Spa saved my Laminitic pony / by Allen Gutowski

"A MIRACULOUS PONY TALE  - How the ECB Equine Spa saved my Laminitic pony…

Every summer, my family departs en masse for the South Devon coastline - for over a week, I shirk my equine responsibilities and indulge in my passion for all things nautical (and too many honeycomb ice creams) but, as with any animal owner, I go with the fear that whilst I am off duty, disaster will surely erupt. This year saw my worries materialise - my mother relayed the unfolding tragedy over the phone - Stavros, my childhood pony, now thirty years of age, was lying prone in the paddock, unable to move for the excruciating pain in his hooves. The vet's diagnosis was cushings, laiminitis and a rotated pedal bone, deemed a fatal combination. On my return home, uncertain as to whether I was simply delaying the inevitable, we headed off to Sarah Branston of the ECB Equine Spa near Bourton on the Water. We pushed my little pony into the spa, following in the hoof-steps of a string of Olympic horses that regularly reap the benefits of spa treatments - a magical cocktail of healing salts and aerating bubbles served up at a chilling three degrees, designed to relieve heat and inflammation, encouraging healing and hoof growth. To my delight and surprise this spa had a miraculous and instantaneous affect on Stavros, who has now fully recovered. I have to confess, I feel a duty as a horse owner to spread the word on this treatment - it could be the preventative and solution for so many owners when lameness inescapably strikes.