Salt therapy is a non-invasive air-based treatment which uses salt, a powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory mineral to relieve both respiratory and skin conditions.

 

Salt therapy has been used to treat similar human ailments for over 150 years, in treatments such as saline nebulisers. Salt therapy is 100% natural and drug free. This therapy does not replace veterinary treatment, however it is an excellent natural complementary or natural alternative therapy. In some cases, it has reduced the need for antibiotics. It is FEI & BHA legal and therefore can be used on competition day if required.

How does salt therapy treatment help the horse?  

This state of the art treatment helps to improve the overall health and efficiency of the horse's respiratory system; which in turn leads to improved cardiovascular performance as well as relieving the symptoms of skin conditions, and in turn improving the performance potential and general health of your horse.

Medical grade salt is added to a small, portable machine which creates a fine salt particle vapour, that is dispersed into the air. This is simply breathed in and inhaled deeply, right down into the small airways of the lungs. It reduces the stickiness of mucus and stimulates the movement of the cilia (micro-hairs) within the lungs allowing the mucus to be transported up and out of the lungs easier. This reduces inflammation, bacteria and allergens within the lung tissue and airways creating a more efficient breathing system.

Some of the salt microparticles that are dispersed into the air fall onto the skin.  The particles permeate into the epidermis of your horse’s skin, absorb oils, and reduce the frequency of irritating skin conditions. The natural antibacterial properties of salt can prevent the development of bacteria and help normalize the skin’s pH level and improves skin microcirculation.

Salt therapy has been shown to:

 Improve cardiovascular performance by:

● Improving lung function

● Increasing oxygen capacity

● Clearing mucus and being an effective decongestant

● Killing harmful bacteria in the respiratory system                     

 ● Improving performance and stamina  

● Raise energy levels and reducing recovery time

Improve and relieve respiratory conditions such as

● IAO (inflammatory or allergic airways disease)

● Heaves or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

● Asthma

● Hay fever

● Winter coughs

● Sinus conditions

Improve skin conditions and promotes coat health in:

● Sweet itch

● Ringworm

● Mud fever

● Skin allergies

● Rain scald

● Cracked heels

● Summer sores

● Skin rashes

● Fungal and non-fungal dermatitis

Improve immunity and inflammatory responses which:

● Reduces inflammation and swelling within the tissues 

● Improves overall well being of the horse

● Supports horses that are sensitive to environmental allergies

● Supports horses to combat infections

● Helps a horse recover from mineral salt depletion

Can it be used for any horses?

It can be used to improve cardiovascular performance and therefore overall abilities in competition horses but also help a well loved Shetland pony reduce their respiratory and skin conditions. So yes, it is suitable for any type of horse or pony across all of the different equine disciplines.

What space do you need available for treatment?

The best space for the most efficient treatment is an enclosed area with a standard plug point, to keep the salt vapour concentrated around the horse. However, if you do not have anywhere suitable, we will invite you to come to our yard to use our specially designed salt therapy stable. Each treatment takes just 20 minutes.

My horse has nasal discharge after salt therapy, should I be worried?

No. This is expected and the amount will vary between each horse. The salt therapy takes time to stimulate mucus movement within the lungs and nasal discharge is a sign that the mucus is clearing from the lungs which can take up to 2 weeks to clear following treatment. Coughing and sneezing is also a sign of this.

Should I restrict my horse’s training during treatment?

We recommend that daily activities continue as normal however do suggest not to let the horse work an hour before or an hour after salt therapy treatment.

How often should my horse have salt therapy?

For all respiratory and skin conditions, I initially recommend 3 x 20 minute sessions over 3 consecutive days. Depending on the severity of the condition sometimes 5 sessions over 5 consecutive days may be recommended, leaving 24 hours between each treatment. I recommend scheduling seasonal or periodic top-up treatments for lasting symptom relief,  and is advised based on your horse’s individual need. A top-up session can also be ideal to give your horse's overall well-being a boost.

How much does it cost?

Sessions are available at only £40 per session with discounts available for 2 or more horses treated on the same visit. If you would prefer to bring your horse to our yard in Burbage, Leicestershire and make use of the specially designed salt therapy stable, then sessions start from only £32. Salt therapy livery is also available on request.

I truly believe in salt therapy; this is why I am offering it as a service to help other horses. I have seen amazing results in my racehorses. Lewis used to cough before exercise every morning and his recovery after exercise was very laboured. Since the initial three sessions, he regularly has salt therapy once or twice a fortnight to keep his breathing tip top for his races and his coughing has stopped. The salt therapy also cleared up a skin rash on Lewis from clipping. Carumba sustained a suspensory injury and with regular salt treatments due to the anti-inflammatory properties along with magnetic therapy swelling on the leg has reduced dramatically. 

This article was written by Katie Frisby. For more information or to book please contact: Katie B. Frisby Point to Point Racing and Rehabilitation on 07729 569460 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can also visit the website for more information www.katiebfrisby.co.uk