Equine Hoof Balance and Foot Problems

FLIR Equine Thermograpy - Horse Hoof Balance, Horse Foot Problems, Abscess, Shoeing, Laminitis and Injury detected with infrared thermal imaging.

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As the saying goes, “no foot, no horse”. An incorrectly balanced foot can have extensive knock-on effects on the leg and back, and affect your horse's comfort and performance.

Our thermal imaging cameras are very sensitive and can accurately map the temperature patterns on your horse's hoof allowing the detection of common foot problems including: Poor Circulation, Abscess, Laminitis, Injury and checking Hoof Balance.

Horse Foot Problems

Poor circulation in the feet will affect the quality of the hoof wall, and may therefore influence your decision on whether or not traditional hot or cold shoeing should be replaced by, for example, glue on shoes to prevent crumbling and damage to the wall. Poor circulation in the foot can be a result of nerve dysfunction amongst other things, and once identified, can be aided by various therapies.

Where there is an Abscess (pus) inside the foot, particularly where it is tracking, thermal imaging allows your vet or farrier to have pinpoint accuracy when draining, follow-up imaging can show when the infection has fully cleared up.

Equine Thermography - poor circulation - Horse Hoof Problem - Horse Foot Problem - Horse Hoof Abscess - Equine Infrared

Poor circulation shows as very cool and indistinct thermal patterns.

Equine Thermography - Horse Foot Abscess - Horse Hoof Problem - Horse Foot Problem - Horse Hoof Abscess - Equine Infrared

Thermal imaging can accurately locate an Abscess.



 Equine Thermography - inflammation of the horse's hoof - Disease in a Horse Foot - Shoeing - Foot Problem - Hoof Abscess - Equine Infrared

Inflammation, injury or disease within the hoof capsule produces a characteristic thermal pattern.

Equine Thermography has also been used as a valuable tool in research studies into Laminitis, showing that early vasoconstriction through cryotherapy (ice) prevented the condition 1.

Equine Thermography - Time Lapse Thermal Images of Laminitis - Horse Health - Hoof Abscess - Shoeing - Equine Infrared Equine Thermography - time lapse thermal imaging of laminitis - Hoof Abscess - Hoof Problem - Horse Health - Equine Infrared

Increased blood flow seen in the development of Laminitis as seen with a thermal imaging camera.

1 C.C.Pollitt and C.T.Davies:. (paper) Pollitt, Christopher C. and Davies, C. T., “Equine Laminitis: its development coincides with increased sublamellar blood flow”, pp 125-132, The Equine Hoof, Suppl. 26, 1998

Hoof Balance

Thermal Imaging of the sole of the hoof, and the thermal patterns seen on the hoof wall when weight bearing, quickly show whether the hoof is unbalanced.  The results of remedial farriery can be seen just a few minutes after completion.

Equine Thermography - well balanced Horse Hoof - Horse Foot Problem - Shoeing - Horse Thermal Imaging - Equine Infrared

A well balanced hoof has even thermal bands.

Equine Thermography - Unbalanced Horse Hoof - Horse Foot Problem - Horse Hoof - Shoeing - Equine Infrared

The thermal bands widen where there is more pressure on an inbalanced foot.


Areas where the hoof wall is longer are under more pressure and friction than the opposite side and therefore show as a warmer area.

Equine Thermography - low heels - Horse Foot Problem - Horse Hoof - Shoeing - Equine Infrared

Navicular Syndrome (Heel Pain) in this Andalucian

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