The effectiveness of Thermography in Equine Applications - A study
by Carol-Ann SMITH VAN BLERK
This guide offers both professionals and horse owners alike an easy appreciation of the use of Thermography in Equine applications.
Thermography is the use of infra-red camera body imaging to show superficial temperature differences.
Whilst Thermography will not necessarily tell us what the problem is, it can certainly tell us where problems may lie. It can be an useful tool for locating areas of elevated heat on the body of a horse and so giving us a good starting point for further exploration and diagnosis by a veterinary professional.
I am based in France and compete in Endurance competitions at international level. Horses are my passion, and an injury to one of my horses initiated my study into the value of Equine Thermography. I work with Trotters in a Training Yard as well as with Endurance Horses and local Vets, and to date have taken over 11 000 images. These images and the diagnostics by Vets, Equine Osteopaths and Farriers have made for a fascinating study which is ongoing.