Whey Equine Thermography?

My friend Kelly Jewel posted this video to Youtube the other day, and it caught my eye.   I have always been curious about what equine thermal imaging is, and this bit of video got me motivated enough to do a little research.  Thermal imaging works by reflecting heat from the body of your horse, and it creates a pictorial representation of your horse’s surface temperature.  By measuring your horse’s skin temperature, it illustrates alterations in the circulation of deeper tissues.
This image gives us a tool to “read” what is going on under the surface of your horse’s body.  Heat may be a sign of inflammation or a “hot spot” while “cold spots” may be a sign of injuries that reflects swelling, decreased circulation in damaged tissue or the presence of scar tissue.

Equine Thermography  is useful in:

  • Saddle fitting
  • Preventative care
  • As a diagnostic tool
  • Checks tendons and ligaments
  • Checks hoof balance
  • Monitors joints
  • Monitors circulation
  • Measuring progress

So, in a nutshell, thermal imaging gives you the inside track on your horse’s physical health by helping locate injuries, specifically when your horse is presenting with inconsistent or unclear symptoms.

To learn more visit Racers to Riders a Thoroughbred retraining center run by trainer Kelly Jewell. We source quality animals and thoughtfully educate them ready for a new career and a loving home.

For more details please visit www.racerstoriders.co.uk or email: racerstoriders@gmail.com.

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