CASE 1 – WITHOUT THE AID OF THERMOGRAPHY
7yr old Arab gelding – Endurance Horse
Symptoms – slightly lame on nearside fore after endurance ride. Vet called out next day and horse was trotting up sound. Phenylbutazone prescribed followed by a period of rest and then work to be resumed. Horse goes slightly lame but again is sound the next day. Vet called out and horse was referred to Equine Hospital for further diagnostics. Nerve blocking to both forelimbs, x-rays and ultra sound were undertaken. X-rays revealed small piece of floating bone in nearside fetlock. Removal by surgery was advised although this may not be the cause of lameness. Horse admitted for operation and rehabilitation process carried out over the next 12 months. Horse returned back to work slowly but was still unsound. Vet called out and once again and horse referred to Equine Hospital. Consultant wanted to see the horse lame and advised to carry out an endurance ride near to the Equine Hospital at Newmarket. Horse was entered into a 30 mile trail ride and passed the vetting procedure at the end of the ride. Owner still thought that the horse did not feel right and requested further diagnostic evaluation. Scintigraphy was carried out. This revealed suspensory ligament damage to the nearside forelimb.
Total cost - £3,500
From time of lameness to diagnosis - over 12 months
Prognosis – poor
CASE 2 – WITH THE AID OF THERMOGRAPHY
12 yr old Thoroughbred mare – Dressage/jumping
Symptoms – slightly lame. Client unable to determine which leg the lameness was on. Thermography was the first course of investigation. No trot up was carried out. Thermography revealed heat to distal offside forelimb below carpus. Equimaze advised further diagnostic evaluation to that area. Equine Clinic confirmed thermographer’s suspicions of suspensory ligament damage.
Total cost : <£300 inclusive of thermography scan of £85.00.
From time of lameness to diagnosis – 1 week.
Prognosis – good as discovered early.
Extract from Thermography Report: Figs. 4 & 4a. Palmar view of forelimbs showing asymmetric thermal pattern with increase in heat to carpus and possibly in region of suspensory ligament.