Benefits of Thermography

Thermography is a non-invasive way to look at the horse.  I am 3-5 feet away from the horse with the infrared camera – it is not necessary to cause any pain to assess their issues.

What this camera can do for the owner

  • Tell you where your horse hurts

    Miriah at Univ of Florida Training

    Miriah Stuart using FLIR Infrared Camera

  • Show you if your horse can continue the exercise pace it is currently on
  • Show you when an injury and it’s inflammatory processes are complete and the horse is ready to return to work
  • Continue to give you updates every 3 or 4 weeks about the repair of your horse’s injury
  • Show you if your horse is about to become more injured, or injured again in a delicate or previously injured area (especially in ligaments and tendons below the knees and hocks)
  • Confirm for you your intuitive & gut thoughts about this animal
  • Tell you where the pressure of your saddle may be hurting your horse and adding to his saddling responses
  • Show you if there is an impingement of the nerve supply to the distal limbs
  • Help explain the crankiness, tripping, pinning ears, and every other expression of pain that a horse can give to a human

What it can do for the Veterinarian

  • Show images of the upper limbs – shoulders, stifles and hips
  • Show images of the axial skeleton – thoracic, lumbar & sacral spine
  • Show images of the tendon and ligament areas of the horse – this assists with the owner’s decisions to continue with x-ray or ultrasound images.
  • Show muscle and tendon issues of the hamstrings, quads, and adductor muscles, and their tendon attachments
Left Shoulder on Barrel Racer, not normal thermal image

Left Shoulder on Barrel Racer, not normal thermal image

A picture speaks a thousand words.

Right Shoulder on same Barrel Racer, shows more normal thermal image

Right Shoulder on same Barrel Racer, shows more normal thermal image

What it can do for the trainer

  • Read all above for the owner and Vet, plus…
  • Save you from missing rides and training time because the horse breaks
  • Make your customers happy with you because they don’t lose ride time or have the heartache and expense of a lame horse
  • Keep the horse sound and in a happy state of mind, a happy worker
  • Save the horse from overtraining issues – tendon damage, muscle soreness, lameness, joint inflammation
  • Eliminate pain as a reason for the horse’s behavior
  • Confirm your intuitive & gut thoughts about the animal in your care
  • Show you when it’s time to call the vet for the horse

What it can do for the horse

  • Save weeks & months of pain
  • Show the humans if you are getting injured or sore from your work & exercise
  • Show that the saddle which hurts and binds you needs to be replaced, repositioned, perhaps better padded (not thicker)
  • Tell your story of the condition of your body by comparing your images to normal and not normal images of other horses

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