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How Thermography has helped an Endurance Horse reach FEI 1*

6th November 2010
Initially behaviour problems were thought to be the culprit with this 6 year old mare.  The horse was misbehaving to be mounted and when being ridden was throwing her head about and unwilling to stop.  Thermography reveals saddle problems.  This image was taken prior to the horse preparing to enter into its advanced season of endurance in March 2011.  As can be seen there is an asymmetrical thermal pattern to the left hand side of the withers and increased heat to the sacroiliac region.  The saddler was called out and reflocking and adjustment to the saddle was made.
27th July 2011
Saddle issues have been resolved.  This is the same horse the day following an 80km FEI 1* event.  Only a slight increase in heat is shown to the thoracic vertebrae but as it was an FEI ride and the rider was carrying additional weight this was to be expected. The horse is now standing to be mounted and is much more relaxed.  She is now in training for FEI 2* under careful supervision of the IR camera.

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