Equine Back Problems and Pain

Horses do a fantastic job of carrying us, but they were never designed to do so. The additional weight of a rider, performing the feats that we ask of them, together with genetics, nutrition and husbandry can all contribute to your horse developing a bad back.


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A normal back thermogram.

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Inflammation over the sacroiliac joint.


If your horse starts to display uncharacteristic tendencies such as dipping, flinching or nipping when groomed or tacked-up, a poor or reduced performance, unevenness or unlevel gaits, is crooked to ride, carries his tail to one side, is disunited or bucking into canter or rearing or bucking when mounted, it may be due to back pain under saddle.

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Horizontal bandings of warm nerve root signatures.

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X-ray confirmed kissing spine.

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Before exercise, inflammation over T12 in a mare occassionally sharp under saddle.

equine thermography - horse's back after exercise - horse bad back - equine back pain - horse back injury - Equine Infrared

After exercise, development of a warm nerve root signature. Immediate x-ray identified kissing spine.


Equine thermography can pinpoint where any issues are, allowing your chosen professional to administer a course of treatment targeted at this spot.  Follow-up sessions allow you both to see the results, and can ensure your horse returns to work at the optimal time.

Many bad backs in horses are a secondary problem, caused by postural changes adopted by your horse to alleviate pain elsewhere. Equine Thermography can help to identify the seat of the primary cause, so this can also be rectified, preventing reoccurrence of back issues.

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