I’m Back – Thank you for your patience

Normal, healthy Giraffe

Normal, healthy Giraffe

Dear friends,

Thank you for dropping in on my website again.  I have had issues from my website being hacked.  Somebody, somewhere, far across the planet, chose to drill into and mess with my settings and site.

Thanks to great assistance, and several – no, many – late nights, I think we are clean again.

Now, onto the new year and many new adventures with infrared imaging.

Presentation for Union Mills Feed Store – Sat, Sept 22, 2012

Miriah will be a presenter at the Annual Union Mills Feed Store – Horse Health Clinic on Saturday, September 22, 2012.  This year’s event will be held at Holcomb Hills Stables in Oregon City.  Registration starts at 10:30, event starts at 11.

Right side of horse, immediately after saddle removed.

We will be discussing saddle fitting, since this is a favorite topic of most riders.

We will be discussing thermal imaging in equine science – how it helps the vets, and finds the pain in the horses.

Bring your questions, and your curiosity.  I love an eager audience, and this annual event brings wonderful horse owners out to learn and enjoy the speakers.

Any question, call Union Mills Feed Store, 503-829-2386.  This is a free event.  All are welcome.  Call Miriah at 503-980-8739 with questions about saddle fitting or thermography for animals.

Left side of same horse. Notice the differences in the two images.

Looking at the two images on this page, it is very obvious to me that the horse is experiencing an unbalanced rider.  Why does this saddle not fit?  Why does this rider sit uneven?  How can we improve our riding and saddling so that the horse has a better (pain free) exercise session.

These questions are very important to me, and thermal imaging helps me show riders the story of their horse’s back.

If you would like to have a demo for your group of friends, contact me – 503-980-8739.  I truly enjoy sharing with a group.

Cold Hose That Hot Back

One Important tip —

Help your Horse in Hot Weather 

If you were like me, somewhere along the line you’ve been told, “Don’t put cold water over your horse’s back or hind quarters if they’re hot from working!”  “They’ll cramp or seize up.” 

Spraying Cold Water on Horse's Shoulder

I would hose my horse’s legs after a long, hot trail ride, but never the back or glutes because (seriously!) I never wanted a horse’s muscles to seize up.

Now I know the truth.  What my teachers and friends had told me has been proven a myth.

I was in a class at Cal Poly Vet School in 2009, learning Equine Exercise Physiology from David Marlin, PhD of England.  (He wrote the book by the same title as the course.)  During the course he was lecturing about how to care for the equine athlete in extreme heat conditions, specifically the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where he was on the medical team for all the elite horses in the competition.

He showed us thermal images and cited the data:

  • Temperatures of hot, worked horses were taken by blood draw, rectal thermometer, muscle tissue sample, and skin temp.
  • Ice Cold water was then poured over the horse, 34 degrees Farenheit, many gallons
  • Temps were taken again
  • There was no significant drop in muscle temperature, or core body temp
  • The biggest changes were to the skin temp and the blood temp

I sat in class, dumbfounded – don’t know if you’ve ever experienced this, but my mind was buzzing.  I finally got brave enough to raise my hand and ask, “Dr. Marlin, do you mean that it’s a myth that if I put cold water on a hot horse, their muscles will cramp up?”

He looked me straight in the eyes and said “Yes, that’s a myth.  The studies show that the muscles won’t cramp.”

Shoulder Cool, Back Still Hot & Dry

How I explain it now to clients and friends is that it’s similar to pouring water over a heater.  The water will evaporate, the cooling will happen for only a little while, and the heater will continue to put out the heat.  Same with the horse’s big muscles in their hind quarters.  The muscles are generating the heat, and will continue to generate the heat after the cold water is removed.

The reason to hose them is to cool their skin, and cool the blood that is coming to the skin surface.  When the blood veins bulge on any horse, this is the natural way for them to cool their own blood.  It comes away from the core of the body, to cool via evaporation from the sweating skin surface.  Sweat is another way for the body to cool itself.

I hope this has been good information for you.  I know your horse wants to be cooled when it is too hot.  Feel free to cold hose them all over after working on a wam day.

Salem Old People’s Riding Club Event

Hi friends,

Late notice, I know, but tonight I am giving a presentation to the Old People’s Riding Club of Salem, Oregon.  I will also be imaging a horse for the generous hostess.  Thank you all for your welcome – I know we will have fun tonight!

Hind legs of horse, heat in medial/inside pastern & hoof not normal

The image here shows the hind ankles of this horse, and we see much more inflammation in the right hind, pastern and suspensory ligament area.  This is the anterior/front view of the hind legs.

Contact me to come give a talk to your group.  Find out why Equine Thermography won the award for Most Innovative Business of the Year this year.

Sebastopol, CA Thermography Clinic May 18-19, 2012

Horses Can’t Tell Us Where They Hurt,

The blue foot in this image is not normal.

But The Infrared Camera Can!

Join Miriah Stuart, Veterinarian trained Thermographer, in Sebastopol, CA

  • Free live presentation, Friday, May 18, 2012, 7-8:30
  • Thermography appointments for your horse Saturday, May 19, starting at 9 am

To register, call Lisa @ 707-322-4955

Location is a private equine facility in Sebastopol, CA  95472 (Sonoma County)

What is Equine Thermography?  How can it help my horse?

  • Infrared cameras are a very precise, non-invasive, and INSTANT Discovery Tool
  • Infrared will reveal pain, inflammation, and neurological issues that could lead to lameness
  • Discover high leg, shoulder, back, ligament and tendon health instantly
  • Discover how your horse is using its body
  • Instantly see how well your saddle fits your horse.
  • Precise images to assist the veterinarian in the Discovery process of your horse’s lameness

Miriah was recently awarded the “Most Innovative Business of the Year” by the Wilsonville, Oregon Chamber of Commerce.

Come see how amazing this new technology is at instantly finding the issues that your horse is feeling.

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