EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF EQUINE THERMOGRAPHY - A quick and efficient way to identify trauma and injury in your horse

At Flawborough, we believe that prevention of injury is as important as the cure itself thats why we offer the opportunity for both assessment and treatment of overall physical and mental well-being.

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Equine Thermography is a non-invasive monitoring tool used for performance monitoring and injury prevention. Using the very latest infrared imaging equipment and computer software, it detects changes and irregularities to a horses thermal and neural pattern and provides a quick and efficient way to identify trauma and injury.
Many injuries and physical conditions can be accurately highlighted before any clinical signs or symptoms are visibly apparent. And it provides a unique way to monitor a horse before and after competition to ensure its in peak condition. Additionally, it may be used to monitor a horses recovery from intense activity, injury and illness - making it a must have modality here at Flawborough Equine. 
By accurately pinpointing the location of an injury, Thermography can help to prevent further trauma. It enables our vets to both make an informed decision on the treatment needed - and to monitor recovery.
Flawborough backHow it is used
Thermography is a tool to be used alongside current diagnostic modalities to help localize and determine the site of damage or pain. 
Heat generated from inflammation is detected by the use of infra-red cameras which allow direct visualisation of areas causing concern. Skin surface temperature should be symmetrical and our Equitherm trained Thermographers monitor any changes presenting valuable information for interpretation by a vet. 
Whilst not definitely diagnosing a condition, it allows the owner and veterinarian to focus on the exact area to investigate further.
Early detection
Thermography has been proven to detect damage in structures up to 3 weeks before the horse shows any clinical signs. 
Before a structure, such as a tendon or ligament breaks down‚Äö and it undergoes a degree of accumulated damage. This weakens the structure without causing active lameness but causing increased susceptibility to injury.
Monitoring horses in training with Thermography allows the vet to see this micro damage and prevent further and more serious injury from occurring.

Performance monitoring
Changes to the horses thermal and neural condition occurring during training and competition can be closely monitored using Thermography. By collecting baseline data from each horse, we have a reference point of their physiology. 
Regular screening gives us a unique way to monitor horses during their careers, optimize potential and ensure longevity in their sport.
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Thermography provides a valuable tool in the investigation of lameness. Not only does it highlight a specific area for the veterinarian to further examine, but it also shows up any secondary of compensatory areas of pain which are often overlooked.
We often find that the lameness is a secondary problem caused by an issue elsewhere.
Poor performance
It‚Äöis frustrating when you know that the horse is just not right without showing any clinical signs. Here Thermography comes into its own detecting issues such as muscle damage or saddle fitting issues which can be contributory factors.
A number of physiological changes can contribute to poor performance and Thermography will help to identify these changes very early and ensure that the horse can receive the correct treatment.
Thermography is a must have modality during the rehabilitation of an equine with an acute or chronic injury. 
Here at Flawborough we use Thermography as a tool to monitor the progress of all horses on rehabilitation programmes. Our Equitherm trained technicians scan horses on arrival, a baseline scan is achieved and the monitoring process begins. 

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Thermography gives the owner and veterinarian both a quantitative and qualitative measurement of inflammation. Progress can be monitored accurately so that we know repair has taken place before we move on to the next stage of each horses recovery programme - such as the first stages of exercise.  
To summarize the benefits of Thermography
  • Early detection of injury
  • Swift identification 
  • Measures both the benefits and effectiveness of treatment
  • Monitors recovery
  • Keeps horses in peak condition
  • Identifies the causes of poor performance
  • Creates a library of information on the horse physiology
  • ‚ÄöOptimizes potential and ensures longevity in competition
Prevention is better than the cure
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By Emma Hawthorne - Proprietor and Treatment Manager at Flawborough Equine Rehabilitation Centre
Please contact us for further information or to arrange a visit:
Flawborough Equine Rehabilitation Centre, Hall Farm, Flawborough, Nottinghamshire NG13 9PA 
Telephone 01949 850332  www.flawboroughequine.co.uk