Rehabilitation

Not Just Another Day at the Spa by Allen Gutowski

Cutting Horse Central / Author: Alex Taft

When you hear the word “spa,” massages and facials may come to mind, but M/M Equine Spa & Rehab Center’s services will make you rethink the idea that a spa just provides a day of relaxation. 

Cutting horses and other performance horses are often asked to give 100 percent in the show pen for extended periods of time, especially during some of those marathon Triple Crown events. And often, those athletes need more than just a couple days of rest to bounce back for the next show, particularly if a horse has a new or existing injury. 

Matt Miller, and his wife, Megan, had seen the power of rehabilitation therapy on their own horses first hand and thought the addition of a rehab center at their training facility (M/M Cutting Horses) in Poolville, Texas, would be invaluable. 

Their goal was to not only be able to service and rehab their own client’s horses, but also equine athletes from other programs, as well. The spa offers a variety of treatments that will ensure your horses are feeling strong and performing at their best.

One of their most popular services is the ECB Cold Saltwater Spa. The Cold Salt Hydrotherapy is used to treat and prevent a variety of injuries by moving 35°F aerated saltwater around those problem or high-risk areas of the lower leg. The cold temperature helps to increase blood circulation and decrease inflammation, while the salt concentration causes ligaments and tendons to tighten.

“On some of the horses that we get in for rehab for lower leg injuries, the healing effects of the Cold Saltwater Spa can be seen after only one treatment,” said M/M Equine Spa & Rehab Center Manager, Jocelyn Marzella. “I have had horses with suspensory injuries struggle to walk into the spa, and then walk out nearly sound from the instant relief in inflammation. With repeated spa treatments, healing time is noticeably shorter.” 

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 M/M Equine Spa and Rehab Center

M/M Equine Spa and Rehab Center

Rehabbing Restricted Equine Motion by Allen Gutowski

Check out the current issue of Modern Equine Vet for ECB Spa client Dr. Steve Adair's recommendations on rehabbing horses. Dr. Adair runs the University of Tennessee's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. CLICK HERE for the article. 

“The ECB Equine Spa is an integral part of our management of equine distal limb swelling resulting from wounds, tendonitis and lymphedema. It significantly reduces overall hospitalization time in these cases.”

— Dr. Steve Adair, III, MS, DVM, DACVS - Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Haras du Saubouas in France Expands and Installs ECB Spa by Allen Gutowski

Paul Basquin of Haras du Saubouas on adding high-quality equipment, like the spa:

"We work with a lot of trainers from the South-West and different veterinary clinics. We regularly receive horses at rest and also horses who need care. The spa is, to me, the most efficient thalassotherapy machine. It allows the treatment of tendon injuries and bone damages with excellent results and upgraded recovery time. It also ensures to ease the limbs and joints after a big effort or a trauma. It is very efficient in the case of a laminitis. It is full of very cold saline water (2 degrees), with oxygen coming through the ground and spread on the limbs at a high pressure. This water can cover all the joints, fetlocks, knees and hocks."

Ice, Ice, Baby: The science of hydrotherapy | HORSE NATION by Allen Gutowski

Check out this article from Horse Nation:

Applying hot and/or cold treatments to our horses is an everyday occurrence, but do you know why it works? Amanda Moretz, a vet tech and equine massage therapist, explains.

From Amanda:

The act of hosing off a horse takes place on a daily basis in barns throughout the world–most commonly for horses who have just finished a workout and need to be cooled down and have all the sweat cleaned from their coats.  It is also common after multiple forms of injuries, using cold water on the area that was affected.  Or maybe the horse just had a very intense workout or show and the owner is soaking its legs in cold water after the ride.  All of these are everyday uses of water, and most of the time it is so second-nature that horse owners do not even have to think to apply water in these ways.

All those examples plus many other forms of water application actually have a very specific science behind them that has been used for thousands of years.  The application of water in all three forms (solid, liquid and vapor) to the body is called hydrotherapy.  In hydrotherapy, the environment of the body can be changed by applying water at different temperatures via different methods.  The aim of this is to normalize the amount of blood moving in a given area by effecting the circulation.

The science behind why it works can be tedious and long-winded, but in a nutshell this is why hydrotherapy works so well:  Heat is the amount of thermal energy in an object and is measured in the term calorie.  Digging back to high school we can remember that heat transfers from the object of higher temperature to the lower one, and also that water is an excellent conductor of heat.  But also remember that cold is the absence of heat.

The question becomes: How does this science lesson tie into using water treatments on horses?  By using this knowledge of how heat works and applying water we can get the results we are looking for in the horse.

Hydrotherapy includes both cold and hot water application.  Each causes its own unique reaction.  But in either case, there are three ways in which the body reacts to hydrotherapy.  The first involves local effects that occur at the area where the application of water occurs.  The second is a systemic response, meaning its effects are throughout the body.  And the third is a reflex effect that relates to the nervous system’s reaction to the treatment.

Looking back at our examples, let us see how this might play out for our horses.

Consider, for instance, the horse that has just run a tough cross country course, and the owners want to not only cool down the horse but also help keep inflammation down in the legs.  The best way to achieve this, of course, is through the use of cold water–preferably with ice in it.

Once the horse is standing in the ice water, the legs become noticeably cold and it might even be a bit uncomfortable for them.  As the temperature in their legs drop the blood circulation changes and moves into other parts of the body, leaving the legs due to the blood vessels getting smaller or constricting.  The tendons and ligaments become denser, and the muscle tone increases.  It also causes pain relief in that area.  In the whole body the blood pressure will lower, as will the heart rate.

After the horse is out of the ice water, the blood will come rushing back into the legs.  This helps raise the temperature back up to normal.  But with this rush the blood brings in fresh new oxygen, along with fresh nutrients and supplies for the cells in that area.  This also means that during the application of the ice, the toxins and old stagnant nutrients were flushed out of the cells.   And hopefully any concerns of inflammation in the structures in the legs due to any micro trauma that occurred during the exercise are decreased.

The benefits from an ice water session are numerous and affect not only the area you are treating but also, to an extent, the whole horse.  This can also be said for a heat application, which the body responds differently to than it does cold.  But with either you have a tool you can use to help your horse in a daily setting.  So the next time you rinse off your horse in this hot summer heat, remember you are using proven science to help them reach a normal body temperature through the use of hydrotherapy.

To read the full article on Horse Nation, CLICK HERE.

 

ECB Equine Spa Now Available At Santa Anita Race Track by Allen Gutowski

Tyler Cerin's Equine Body Works has just installed a brand new ECB Equine Spa at the Santa Anita Race Track. For more about Tyler's background and the services he offers, CLICK HERE

As you will discover from the article, Tyler puts the well-being of the horses he works with as a top priority... and in that regard he tested out the Spa for himself before putting any of his patients in! Most clients only dip in a toe, but Tyler wanted to get the full effect...

ECB Equine Spa at Gulfstream Park by Allen Gutowski

A huge THANK YOU to High Tide Equine and Tiffany Milne for taking the time to demonstrate the Spa at Gulfstream Park and for the stable tour... we loved meeting all of the incredible horses too! 

After the horses were done with their treatments, some of us humans decided to give the Spa a try... cold does not even begin to describe the water! 

Trainers Treating the Horses Like Human Athletes by Allen Gutowski

By Matt Hunter
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 02:33 PM EDT

 Destin in the ECB Spa at Todd Pletcher's Barn

Destin in the ECB Spa at Todd Pletcher's Barn

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Racing at the sport’s highest level, the Spa’s signature athletes suffer soreness and tightness just like humans.

That’s what keeps Carlos Melendez so busy.

"15 or 16, 22 a day. I'm a busy man. 5:30 in the morning until when I am done. That's what I do," Melendez said.

Working for 12-time Saratoga leading trainer Todd Pletcher, the 40-year veteran of the backstretch has one job: running the barn’s cold water spa machine.

“This is like therapy like the football players get when they go in the ice tub, this is the same thing," Melendez said.

“We are just trying to keep the legs cold and tight and make sure we don't have any inflammation," Pletcher said.

On this morning, the horse standing knee-deep in the water-epsom salt mixture is Destin, the Belmont Stakes runner-up and third place finisher in Saturday’s Jim Dandy.

"The water is 35 degrees Fahrenheit, that is cold, freezing water," Mendez said. "This is very nice, the horse does not feel it. You and I could not stand in it for five minutes”

“Logistics don't allow us to do it with all of them, but we try to do it after their exercise as often as we can," Pletcher said.

The Pletcher barn is one of the few with its own equine spa machine.

“Most trainers don't have it because it is a lot of money," Melendez said. "It cost $90,000, this one.”

“We decided that we were liking the results of it so we decided to buy our own and it is helpful," Pletcher said.

In a sport where results on the track are everything, Melendez looks at the Pletcher team’s run of six consecutive Saratoga titles as proof that his busy days are paying off.

"A lot of people don't believe in it but it does, it works and I know so," Mendez said.

For full article with video, CLICK HERE

TRIFECTA EQUINE ATHLETIC CENTER NOW OPEN! by Allen Gutowski

In addition to the Equine Spa, ECB has installed their very first Aqua Treadmill in the USA at the new state-of-the-art Trifecta Equine Athletic Center in southern California!

Trifecta is the only full-service, veterinarian supervised, equine sports medicine, rehabilitation & conditioning center of its kind. It is ideally located just steps away from the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center & San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, and in close proximity to Santa Anita Racetrack, Los Alamitos Racetrack, Galway Downs, and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club & Racetrack. A place where innovative treatments are proven to enhance recovery from injuries, support post-operative care, as well as strengthen the cross-training methods of the equine athlete.

For more information, visit their website at the following link: Trifecta Equine

Petaluma horseman mounts life's challenges by Allen Gutowski

Our hearts go out to our client Ron Malone as he battles this terrible disease. We have been working with Ron and his staff at Circle Oak since 2010... he truly has built one of the finest equine rehab facilities on the west coast and one of the nicest people you will meet... this is a wonderful article about Ron and his passion for horses: CLICK HERE

Camden Equine Rehab Takes Spa Mobile in SC by Allen Gutowski

Camden Equine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Center in Camden, SC is now offering a mobile equine spa for Cold Salt Water Hydrotherapy injury rehabilitation, Post-surgical care and accelerated conditioning services. Give them a call at 636-634-5210 for more information or to set up an appointment!

Students Learn About Rehabilitation Therapies by Allen Gutowski

A group of students from Brackenhurst Equine Centre visit Flawborough Equine. They spent the morning learning about the different rehabilitation therapies available at Flawborough, and that prevention is better than cure. 

Here they are watching Emma demonstrate the ECB hydrotherapy spa with one of their regular endurance horses. 
 

Spa Treatment Results - Finish Line Farms by Allen Gutowski

This horse was injured in the pasture but exactly how was unknown to the owner. She was with other mares and no evidence of damage to any fences. But after a month of spa and doctoring she made remarkable progress toward recovery. Starting far left was the day she arrived, then 1 week, 2 weeks & 3 weeks of having a spa treatment every other day at Finish Line Farms.

Hassinger Equine Rehabilitation Offers ECB Spa Treatments by Allen Gutowski

Hassinger Equine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Center is a one-of-a-kind sports therapy and rehabilitation center located within a cutting-edge equine sports medicine and imaging hospital located in the "horse friendly" Sandhills of North Carolina. The performance center provides an integrative, team approach to rehabilitate injuries and achieve peak performance from each individual athlete. The center is equipped with the most modern, cutting-edge therapy and fitness equipment. Our "all-inclusive" horse care is administered by a staff of experienced industry professionals who are leaders in their respective fields. From our veterinary staff to our experienced riders, Hassinger Equine is "THE CHOICE" of industry professionals. 

CLICK HERE to visit their website.

10 Early Warning Signs of Laminitis by Allen Gutowski

~Your horse's best chance of overcoming this hoof disease might lie in your ability to catch it early~

It’s a painful condition that veterinarians, farriers, and horse owners have been racking their brains about for decades. Laminitis—the separation or failure of laminae, which connect the hoof wall to the coffin bone within—can cause permanent structural changes in a horse’s foot, leading to repeated bouts of disease and lasting lameness. In severe cases the pedal (coffin) bone in the hoof rotates downward, potentially even puncturing the sole and prompting the decision to euthanize. But get this: Watchful handlers can actually detect signs of laminitis in its early stages and intervene before the condition becomes debilitating.

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