The Equine Therapy Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that is open to everyone. All horses can benefit from some hydrotherapy work – they do not have to be injured or recovering from injury. Hydrotherapy can be incorporated into part of nearly any horse’s training programme. Hydrotherapy also has its place in injury treatment and rehabilitation and is well recognised as an effective method of recovering and conditioning a horse back to full fitness. Every horse comes to us under referral from a Veterinary Surgeon and each horse has its own individual therapy programme. The centre is staffed by a team of dedicated and professional experts who ensure the best care for your horse at all times. With prices for taster sessions starting as low as £25, hydrotherapy is much more affordable than you might think.
The aqua treadmill is an exercise medium with some therapeutic elements, especially in the recovery or post-acute phase of an injury. It assists in the conditioning of the muscles and the heart and lungs, while reducing the stress on the tendons and ligaments. It gives controlled, supervised exercise for rehabilitation and aerobic activity, increasing stride length, muscle tone and strength. All equestrian sports benefit from work on the aqua-treadmill from grass roots to international level. All of our clients have tailor made programmes according to their needs and individual discipline.
The College has a state-of-the-art BHA approved indoor straight line swimming pool which measures 30 metres long, 3.25 metres wide with a maximum depth of 2.7 metres. It has ramps enabling entrance and exit from both ends that gradually lead down into the water so that the horse can quietly enter into the pool whilst being led on two long reins along either side. The pool also contains a variable force jet stream system that enables the horse to be swum against a constant force of water if required.
The swimming lane has many benefits for horses as it challenges the musculoskeletal system without concussive forces, improves fitness, stamina and muscle tone, builds muscle without putting pressure on the joints, improves flexibility, balance and circulation and is used as variation in training to freshen up stale horses. Horses generally need a degree of symmetry and fitness with no known heart or back issues to be successful swimmers. Swimming is generally considered as a substitute for canter or gallop work.
Modern hydrotherapy spas use chilled saline applied in water jets to the lower legs. This process helps to strengthen the tissues, reduce inflammation, swelling and pain, and reduces general stiffness and soreness. Its maximum benefits are post events or training or as a preventative measure as well as for rehabilitation. The hydrotherapy spa can be useful in treating a variety of lower limb injuries.
This item of equipment promotes the well-being and therefore performance of the horse through the infra-red lamps. They also help to promote circulation and soothe tired muscles. The UV lamps aid in drying with the combination of hot air diffusers which particularly benefit the horses that have been using the hydrotherapy facilities.
A range of other services are available which will complement the hydrotherapies. These can be utilised as part of the therapy package during a therapy livery stay or as an individual training programme on their own merit.These will help to:
Lungeing, long reining or ground schooling, on the flat and/or over elevated pole work, in straight lines and circles can be incorporated into the individual programme as well as including a variety of terrains from the artificial arena surface, to grass and using some gentle inclines.
Each horse and rider or owner combination is treated as an individual and the programme is designed around the needs and requirements of the rider and horse.
Sometimes it may be necessary and/or desirable for your horse to stay with us for a course of therapy treatments. Your horse will receive all the benefits of our full livery package plus the addition of the therapy treatments required. Their stay can be as long or as short as required. This may be of particular benefit to horses that cannot travel to the Therapy Centre on a regular basis. Prices start from just a single day.