LI Horse Rehabilitation Center Brings Spa-Like Therapies To Injured Equines

WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Horses are routinely injured when performing publicly — whether on the racetrack or in children’s shows. Often, the injuries leave the animals sidelined for months as they recover.

A new race horse rehabilitation center on Long Island combines intensive exercise regimes with spa-like treatments and technologies to bring a total healing experience to injured horses.

The rehab center is part of the newly-renovated New York Equestrian Center in West Hempstead, CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported.

“The goal obviously is to cut down recovery time,” NYEC President Alex Jacobson said.

Trainers are using cutting-edge technology to first relax the injured horses before putting them through a rigorous workout.

The water in the facility’s aqua trainer — a treadmill submerged in water — are actually cool, to stimulate muscle tissue. According to rehab managers, the high waters in the aqua spa actually creates a sense of floating for the horses as they complete trotting exercises.

A vibrating solarium uses a pulsating platform to deliver soothing infrared light — proven effective for horses that have trouble standing.

The center has drawn interest from professional trainers like Ed Baker, who manages a dozen horses at Belmont and Aquaduct race tracks.

“If you can get a horse that usually takes three months to heal, you can take him to a facility like this where you can get him back into the races in a month,” Baker said.

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