In the same way it is important to humans, nothing is more vital to a horse than its respiratory health. For horses to flourish and prosper in general, much less be healthy and succeed as athletes in sports such as horse racing, equestrian, and polo, a horse’s respiratory health must function properly by effortlessly pumping massive amounts of air in and out of their body.
At rest, a healthy horse takes between 10 to 14 breaths per minute and inhales approximately 150 liters of air. Just like humans, horses can suffer from asthma. Commonly referred to as equine asthma, this condition causes the horse to cough, wheeze, and struggle to breathe due to airway inflammation and mucus accumulation.
Historically known as inflammatory airway disease (IAD) and recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, or heaves), it has been reported that equine asthma affects an amazing 25 to 80% of stabled horses in the United States. Beyond just overall health, efficient athletic performance for a horse suffering from equine asthma is nearly impossible.
Humans and horses have very similar respiratory and lung systems and with more and more humans turning to dry salt therapy as a treatment for asthma, the equine salt therapy industry is exploding.
SALT Chamber – The Pioneer of Equine Salt Therapy
The pioneer in providing halotherapy access to horses (equine salt therapy), SALT Chamber has partnered with the top trainers and facilities from around the world to create equine salt therapy rooms to combat equine asthma in permanent stables and mobile trailers using our SALT FX® Pro halogenerator.
Our clients include:
- Vaccarezza Racing Stables – Boynton Beach, Florida
- JRs Equine Spa and Retreat, Pleasant Hope, Missouri
- Hauck Racing Stable – Anderson, Indiana
- Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center, Atascadero, California
- Rookery Equine Spa & Therapy, Ltd., Cheshire, United Kingdom
Vaccarezza also has a mobile trailer for equine salt therapy at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, while Eclipse uses their mobile trailer at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
Why Salt Therapy for Horses with Equine Asthma
Due to their large lung capacity, horses tend to have issues with normal mucociliary clearance.
Over a series of sessions, inhalation of dry salt aerosol will work to decrease or eliminate bronchial inflammation and pathogenic microorganisms, as well as reduce bronchial hyper-responsiveness.
Undergoing regular salt therapy treatments will clean a horse’s respiratory system, which, in turn, can produce an improvement in lung function, increase in oxygen-carrying capacity, decrease in spasmodic attacks, and clearer airways. Those critical performance enhancers may lead to an increase in stamina, raised energy level, and faster running.
Benefits of Equine Salt Therapy for Equine Asthma
- Clears Mucus from Respiratory System
- An Effective Decongestant
- Perfect Complementary Treatment
- Drug-Free/Eliminates the Need for Medication
- Strengthens Immune System
- No Discomfort
How Equine Salt Therapy Works to Combat Equine Asthma
Once inside a salt room created in a stable or mobile trailer, the horse will breathe in the dry salt aerosol created by the halogenerator. A halogenerator is a machine that grinds, crushes, and disperses the pure grade sodium chloride as an aerosol. As the horse inhales the aerosol, the dry salt goes to work inside the respiratory system by acting as an anti-bacterial agent, clearing secretions, and dissolving bacteria and pollutants lodged in the respiratory tract. Ultimately, this lessens inflammation in the lungs, thins out mucus build-up, improves lung function, and opens breathing passages.