The use of thermal imaging has been in use for over 50 years in the animal health care industry, be it conventional or alternative. The use of thermal imaging has been changing the way that healthcare professionals have been looking at lameness issues and other areas such as saddle fitting allowing them to make a much more informed call as to what may be the actual source of problems affecting your horse.
“At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where there was millions of dollars worth of equipment available to the equestrian teams, the most-requested diagnostic tool was thermography. It was fast. It was portable. It was non-invasive. It could detect injury sites before they became lameness problems, and could guide practitioners to specific anatomic areas for study using other diagnostic techniques. Also, it was extremely accurate when used by an experienced practitioner.”
Some specific major common diseases or pathologies resulting in decreased performance, lengthy rehabilitation, or retirement include:
Suspensory ligament tears
Muscle pulls, tears, strains, avulsions
Damage from ill-fitting saddles and tack, imbalanced riders
Kissing spine, other primary spinal lesions
Hoof problems – ringbone, laminitis, imbalanced hooves
This list is important, as each of these problems causes circulatory or inflammatory changes that can be detected with a thermal imaging camera!