What is Thermal Imaging?

Equine thermography is a non-contacting device that measures surface heat patterns on the body of the horse and produces a picture.  Since your horse cannot tell you where he hurts, an infra red camera can help locate areas with changes in blood flow.  Both sides of the horse’s body should have symmetrical thermal patterns.  Hot or cold asymmetries can be abnormal.  The resultant picture will show any anomaly.

What is the Thermography Technicians Role?

The Technician is trained in Equine Thermography and can provide images from appropriate views and correct positioning with the knowledge of controlling any possible artifacts. 

How do I prepare my Horse?

A mud free clean and dry horse with bandages and blankets removed approx. 2 hours prior to scanning is required.  The coat should be free of any ointments or solutions and the horse should not have had any injections or anti inflammatories prior to scanning.

Where can Horses be Scanned?

Horses can be scanned in a dry shelter with an even surface out of direct sunlight.  A stable without any bedding down is ideal.  A handler is needed to position the horse for a standard set of images.

Does the Thermography Technician give a diagnosis?

No, the Technician will provide a service in infrared imaging and does not make a diagnostic evaluation.  The evaluation will be interpreted and given by a Vet only.


Thermal imaging is able to see what the naked eye is unable to and is able to identify changes in temperature of less than 1/30th of a degree 0.04C thus enabling stressed areas to be detected up to two weeks before they become clinically apparent.  Equine Thermography provides a service to owners, competitors and trainers who want to monitor the welfare of their horse during training competition and recovery.  The benefits of having a horse thermographically scanned are:

  •   To detect any injury before it becomes clinically apparent.
  •   To monitor competition horses during training.
  •   Pre purchase inspection.
  •   To check saddle fitting and rider balance.
  •   To establish areas where injury may be.
  •   To monitor injury.

Does your saddle fit your horse correctly?

Your saddle may have been fitted to your horse at the time of purchase but as your horse’s muscles have developed or altered through training and conditioning, the saddle fit may have changed.  A thermal inspection will show the effects of the saddle on the horse’s back and will also show the effect of the rider’s balance on the saddle.  The thermal image taken can be used to work with your saddler to ensure your horse receives the correct saddle fitting.

Peter Geldenhuis, Mobile 0434 487 886
Email peter@equinethermography.com.au