Equine Thermography

 
 
When we train a horse we feel quite often that the horse isn’t right and because we ride them every day and we know them very well, we can feel very small changes in the horses. Then sometimes we go to the vets and they look at the horse and they say that there’s nothing wrong with the horse and of course the horses can’t explain that they hurt or they ache. Thermography gives us another insight into what is going on with the horse’s physiology and allows us to be proactive with its everyday training, management and care.
 
 
Research conducted by Dr Turner on racehorses in the USA has shown that EQUINE THERMOGRAPHY - (Thermal Imaging) can identify AREAS OF INURY UP TO THREE WEEKS BEFORE your horse exhibits
 
 
clinical symptoms.

Horses are naturally prey animals, and mask injury to prevent predation. You might get the feeling that your horse is a little bit 'off', but not really know why - Equine Thermography can show you. Ref: Thermographic assessment of racing Thoroughbreds. TA Turner J Pansch J Wilson. Proc Conference on Equine Sports Medicine and Science 2002 p207
 
 
When to use thermography in the equine?
 
  • For early detection of potential problems in the competition horse.
  • For monitoring of recovery from an injury. KNOW when is a good time to start that horse working again and when it is too early.
  •  Pre Purchase Exams
  •  Hoof Imbalance
  • Ligaments & Tendons
  •  Nerve Damage & Injury
  • Back Problems & Pain
  • Joint & Skeletal Problems
  • Muscle Problems & Injury
  •  Saddle Fitting
  • Dental Problems
 
HOW TO CHOOSE AN EQUINE THERMOGRAPHER?

 
The thermographer should be certified for horses! Make sure the thermographer uses proper equipment. A camera with a resolution of at least 320 x 240 AND A SWIVEL LENS!
 
 
The thermographer uses a STANDARDIZED protocol for taking the images.
 
 
According to DVM Ted Turner, a whole horse scan consists of 30 images of said horse.
 
 
MAKE SURE the thermographer HAS EITHER VETERINARY, MEDICAL OR BIOLOGICAL BACKGROUND!!! The thermographer should be recommended by veterinarians! Experience, experience and again, experience.
 
 
Standardization of taking the images is needed as it is the only way to guarantee consistency in the readings of the images. If a pathology is found, it needs to be confirmed by another image of a 90 degree angle. Look at the previous work of a chosen thermographer. He/she should give you a technician’s report to present to your vet/farrier and be available to answer questions. A THERMOGRAPHER CAN'T DIAGNOSE! However, can be a diagnostic tool for the veterinarian.
 
by Susanne Vogt, certified Equine Thermographer of EquiTherm Diagnostics by www.Feel Good Therapy.net