Not Just Another Day at the Spa
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.
ECB Cold Saltwater Spa
“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.”
The EquiVibe and Infrared Solarium, are also used to increase blood circulation and body condition. The EquiVibe is a full-body vibration treatment that has proven to be excellent for both circulation and modality. The Infrared Solarium uses heat energy to penetrate the skin deep into the underlying muscle to not only stimulate blood flow, but also improve muscle elasticity to aid in recovery and injury prevention.
The Magnetic Power Pulse treatment is a service that has grown in popularity across the cutting industry. The unique design allows the magnetic pulses to be concentrated in the horse’s problem areas. The magnetic fields influence cell behavior and revitalize cellular charges, in turn, speeding up recovery time.
“One of my favorite things about treating the horses is watching their reaction when a treatment hits just the right spot,” Jocelyn said. “Without fail, every time I treat Sister [Mistresssis] with the magnetic power pulse on her hip, she can’t help but wiggle and lick her lips. I’m pretty sure she would stand there all day if I let her!”
Magnetic Power Pulse
Another unique service available at the spa is the use of the Equine Treadmill. It’s already known that exercise is beneficial for all systems of the horse’s body, but the movement control and shock absorption the machine provides sets it apart from a traditional walker or conditioning ride. The treadmill allows the horse to work on a straight line without the influence of tack or irregular footing. Each horse's workout can be customized to its needs, and the treadmill has proved to reduce stress-related injuries and increase swing and flexibility of the horse's back. The machine safely strengthens tendons and ligaments, while reducing stress and improving rideability.
The variety of services available has attracted many top cutting, rodeo and performances horses, and everyone at M/M Equine Spa & Rehab Center would love to show more owners the benefit the treatments can provide their horses.
“In an industry that can sometimes physically ask for a lot from horses, I love being a part of their routine that helps them,” Jocelyn said. “Talking with owners when they drop off or visit their horses and hearing about the love and dreams that they have for them gives me even more motivation to do everything I can to get their horses performing at their best as soon as possible.”