putting the horse first


Richard Butterworth

Founder, Equine Salt Therapy

As avid racing enthusiasts, Richard’s ancestors gave him his first introduction to horses. Their enthusiasm was very obviously passed down to Richard, because it developed into a strong passion for animal welfare and a 12 year career in agriculture.

Richard’s love of horses found him contemplating a natural, non invasive way to treat horses for ailments such as skin sensitivities and respiratory issues.

A light bulb moment occurred after holding discussions with veterinary experts and leading trainers. They had talked about combining holistic and scientific approaches to treating equine athletes, which seemed like a romantic notion when working in such a tough, performance based industry.

Today Richard dedicates his passion, devotion to animal welfare, skills and knowledge of horses, and the racing industry. Richard envisaged going out to the country race clubs to trial his new concept but the next thing he knew he was in Australia’s leading stable treating million dollar racehorses.


CEO Cranbourne Turf Club on future of medication free treatments

CEO Cranbourne Turf Club Neil Bainbridge on future of horse racing and medication free treatments. Cranbourne training complex is very proud to add Equine Salt Therapy facilities to a vast variety of services and treatments available to horse athletes.

fully fitted Treatment Rooms

Process & Facilities

Horses graze by nature and whilst doing so they derive mineral salts from the ground. Unfortunately once they are placed in the stable they are no longer able to do this and often end up depleting themselves of mineral salts.

The salt caves mimic the microclimate found in salt mines in Russia where it was found there are no signs of any type of respiratory illness among those living nearby.

The salt rooms are set up in such a way that all the horse needs to do is stand in the stable and as it breathes it is ingesting the salt in the air and also absorbing via the coat.

Equine Salt Therapy is a natural, drug and stress-free treatment which is in no way harmful to the animal. The horse is led into the salt room and stands while ingesting the salt and the salt particles land on the coat treating any skin complains while attributing to a glossy coat.

our story

v2 Equine Salt Therapy has been providing treatment to horses since October 2012 when the first private installation of a “salt cave” in stable took place. Since then multiple operational on-course facilities have been established.
v2 In 2013 Equine Salt Therapy were appointed as an international board member representing livestock, of the Salt Therapy Association.
v2 In 2014 Equine Salt Therapy took part in a Victorian Government Trade Mission to the Middle East UAE and was featured in the Victorian Government’s Business Innovation Calendar.
v2 In 2015 Equine Salt Therapy has been nominated for a Regional Development Victoria Leadership & Innovation award.


  • Salt Therapy was a very positive addition to what we can offer the horses and give a greater degree of possibility of success for the clients. The sole reason we got one horse back on track was the Salt Therapy after the 12 months of being very sick and it is performing better than ever. It's certainly a very positive treatment for our stable.

    Anthony Cummings
    Anthony CummingsFive and a Half Star & Shadows in the Sun
  • We've been using Salt Therapy over the last couple of years and found it to be very beneficial especially for horses with mucus issues. It's alleviated the need for antibiotic. Just recently, we took the horses into the salt room pre-race, for 3-4 days just to make sure that we covered all the bases. We'll keep using it for sure.

    Michael Hibbs
    Michael HibbsCranbourne Turf Club
  • Like a lot of this with training... This is one of those percentage things. You hear of so many horses pulling up after a race being disappointed by a bit of mucus in their trachea after the race. Like Polanski, week leading up to the Derby he was in the salt room, so we can take him there 100% right.

    Robbie Laing
    Robbie LaingPolanski & Lord of the Sky

Help your horse reach its ultimate potential

Equine Salt Therapy specialises in the high performance equine athlete available to registered trainers and affiliated equine professionals. If your horses are suffering from skin conditions or respiratory illnesses, or you just wish to improve the on track, training and recovery of your horses then Equine Salt Therapy can assist.