equine infrared thermography and its practical and diagnostic uses for vets, farriers, owners, trainers working with horses

A Professional Service carried out by our trained Technician to meet high standards in the infrared thermal image taking of horses. Plus a Professional Veterinary Diagnostic & Interpretation Service made available and provided by a leading Veterinarian of the field with over 20 years experience in equine infrared thermal diagnostics and technology.


Equine Thermography UK offers a practical management and diagnostic tool to directly benefit horseowners; an infrared thermal service for the veterinary profession; a direct visual representation for the benefit of equine therapists, farriers, equine podiatrists, saddlers and other para-professionals in the Equine Industry.

Welcome to this Equine Thermal Imaging UK website.

This Infrared Thermal Imaging Service is a specialised service for use with horses. 

Our service

We offer a responsible service made available to horse owners, trainers, vets, farriers, physiotherapists and equine professionals. Our aim is to make the benefits of this technology, plus a trained and experienced thermographic technician and a leading Veterinary expert in this field, affordable and available in the local area of Surrey, Hampshire and surrounding counties; benefiting the local equine community and beyond.

On this Site

You will find on this site information about how Infrared technology works, its uses and limitations and the many ways in which it can benefit horses from management and training implications to assessing and diagnosing problem areas for your horse.

Infrared technology allows us to see clearly the subtle temperature differences at the skin surface. The presence of heat and cold can provide a good indication of what is occurring in underlying structures as the body responds and adapts to stressors. 

Full Equine Thermal Imaging Survey

We will travel to your premises and provide you with a full imaging survey of your horse ensuring an optimum viewing environment, using trained technicians and following a strict protocol of imaging techniques. Your images can be made available to your vet or interpreted for diagnosis by our in-house vet. Images can be made available for your own use.

Veterinary Diagnostic Service

We are able to offer a Veterinary Diagnostic Service whereby images are sent to Donna Harper DVM; a highly experienced Veterinarian and leader and specialist in Equine Thermography. A report will be sent by return to be shared with your own Vet and/or Equine Professional.  

We are dedicated to the effective and practical uses of Equine Thermography.

One of our major motivations is in the range of highly practical uses that Equine Thermography has to offer in the management, training, health, lameness assessment, injury prevention and injury rehabilitation of horses. The layman can gain as much benefit from the information revealed by ET as the professional and may help to reveal areas that need attention to resolve a current issue or eliminate a future problem. 

Shows changes and impacts on the body in the 'here and now'.

The major benefits of Equine Thermography is that it is completely non-invasive and non-contact. It is a 'real time' or 'live' feedback tool revealing changes in physiology as they are happening rather than looking at tissue after it has been damaged.  We get an immediate view of the body's physiological attempts to normalise the system in the here and now; temperature change is the first thing that changes when things are going wrong.  Equine Thermography will reveal those heat changes before a joint, for example, becomes irreparably injured or breaks down. 

The practical applications of  ET are many and varied.

 Infrared is a light wavelength that is always present but not seen by the naked eye. This advanced technological equipment allows us to gain a very clear view of the heat patterns emanating from the body.

Horseowners, veterinarians, trainers and para-professionals may all find good practical and functional benefits from using Equine Thermography. 

Systematic protocol.

The importance of a systematic protocol is paramount in order to achieve good data material. Our service is conducted by a fully trained technician in order to ensure the highest quality images for the benefit of the end user. An agreed and systematic imaging protocol is followed as set out by the leading experts in this field. In the past this technology had been misused whereby improper protocols and lack of base knowledge resulted in poor usage which attracted critical opinion. On the contrary thermography is a valid medical modality as well as being a valuable assessment tool for the owner and para-professional.

Take a look at the thermal image galleries.

Take a look at our galleries and see for yourself what can be revealed

Equine Thermography can highlight the following areas:

  • sore or painful back
  • check for a poor or well fitting saddle
  • facial pain related to tooth or jaw problems
  • joint and musculo-skeletal problems
  • soft tissue problems
  • asymmetrical use of the body
  • muscle tears, bruises and strains
  • underlying, hidden issues.
Lower Legs
  • formation of splints
  • sore shins and knees
  • suspensory ligament active stress or active damage
  • tendon stress - deep digital flexor tendon and superficial flexor tendon
  • joint stress
  • arthritic joints
  • inflammation and heat
  • cold areas with lack of blood or nerve supply
The Horse's Hooves
  • poor circulation in the foot
  • balance of the foot and the effects of in-balance on the rest of the limb
  • hot foot due to infection or bruising
  • locating the area of an abscess or bruise
Recovery from Injury
  • observing how injury is responding to treatment 
  • observing how an injury is responding to being brought back to full work
Prevention and Underlying Issues
  • optimise soundness monitoring
  • earliest detection of negative changes
  • locating the whereabouts of underlying issues
  • reviewing responses to work and training 
  • noticing one-sidedness and favouring sides
  • address issues which may lead to otherwise chronic long term, unseen damage.
Other Areas of Interest
  • de-nerved limbs
  • areas of current inflammation which may not yet show external signs of breakdown
  • foot discrepancies
  • muscle lesions 
  • old injuries
  • back issues
  • assessment of lower limb activity
  • circulation issues
  • asymmetrical and posture related muscle use
  • imbalances in the foot and limbs of young horses
  • ideal for assessing youngsters; reveals activity in young limbs; bony changes, sore shins, painful knees, etc
  • tooth problems
  • finding causes for unusual behaviours
  • stallion fertility

If only your horse could tell you what is going on for him...

Well now he can!