At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, millions of dollars worth of equipment were available to the equestrian teams, however the most-requested diagnostic tool was thermography. It was fast, portable and non-invasive. It could detect injury sites before they became lameness problems, and could guide practitioners to specific anatomic areas for study using other diagnostic techniques. Above all it was extremely accurate when used by an experienced practitioner.


These images show hoof imbalance, a common problem. Note the increased heat in the lateral right front where the breakover is across the right quarter and toe. In identifying the physiologic imbalance in the hoof, appropriate shoeing changes can be made to improve performance and hoof comfort.