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Monday, November 30, 2009

Video Clip: Thermography Out-Takes from "Recognizing the Horse in Pain" DVD

by Fran Jurga |30 November 2009 | Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog

A few weeks ago, we introduced a new DVD on this blog. "Recognizing the Horse in Pain" is an interesting survey of subtle lameness problems in performance horses by Dr Joanna Robson, a veterinarian in the Bay Area of Northern California.

In this little clip, you will see a few out-takes from the section on thermography from the video. The Arabian ex-endurance horse was worked up at farrier Mike DeLeonardo's clinic in Salinas, California; his diagnostic protocol included scanning his feet with a thermographic camera, as well as radiographs.

After reviewing all the images with Dr. Robson, Mike was able to come up with a change in the horse's shoeing that would make her much more comfortable.

Dr. Robson's DVD "Recognizing the Horse in Pain" has been very popular and we will soon have the book that goes with it. If you'd like to order the DVD, it is $60 plus $5 post in the USA and $8 post to other countries. However, the DVD is only available in NTSC (North American) format which may not play in some DVD players in other countries. Click here to go the web page for the book or use the PayPal button to order directly.

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Amateurcapper said...


Is this technology available to the thoroughbred community? If so, is it used routinely or as an adjunct if other tests (x-rays or ultrasounds) are inconclusive?

Great stuff, thanks for sharing!

Fran Jurga said...

Of course it is available to Thoroughbreds! I can probably refer you to someone. I'd say it is more often used on eventers and endurance horses because they tend to be a bit older, but the vet clinics and therapists who are trained to do thermography will be happy to point their cameras at anything, even you! It's fascinating to watch. I'm so glad you liked the clip from the DVD!

Amateurcapper said...


I don't own any thoroughbreds but am very interested in the said there were therapists that were trained, do you mean equine physical therapists?

If so, I'd love to talk with one or more. Perhaps I would be able to follow them around if you know of any based in southern California.


Fran Jurga said...

Yes, I meant equine physiotherapists, but there are also people trained just to do thermography, and some vet practices offer it. The video clip was filmed in Salinas--I guess that is Central California? And one of the leading vets who uses it is in San Luis Obispo. What part of southern California (it's a pretty big state). I'll try to find out.

Amateurcapper said...

Hi Fran,

I'm in the L.A. area, near Santa Anita.

Thanks so much.