What Our Clients Say

Fred Cook Racehorse Retraining

Fred and Rowena Cook run Equine Management and Training, based in Lincolnshire, where they skilfully produce youngsters and retrain ex-racehorses into new careers. Their wealth of knowledge means they are very much in demand, and they also find time to act as Consultants to Equissage, Training Consultants for the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR),  man the RoR Helpline, manage the Source an Ex-Racehorse website, as well as writing books on racehorse retraining.

Rowena Cook training an ex-racehorse in dressage


Many of the horses that come into Fred and Rowena’s yard or are the subject of helpline calls, are carrying acute or chronic injuries sustained during racing careers; some of which are known but more often than not are undocumented. These injuries may affect the horse’s way of going, ability to perform the tasks asked of them, or their temperament. Veterinary Thermal Imaging provides a holistic way to quickly assess any newcomers to the yard, ensuring that they receive prompt treatment from the vet, chiropractor, farrier, physio, dentist, saddler or all. The physical wellbeing of horses is paramount to Fred and Rowena, and something they passionately believe in.

“Veterinary Thermal Imaging has provided us with a very useful tool in helping assess the horses which pass through the yard.  Armed with the information VTI provides us we can either call on other practitioners to work with us, if warranted, or more readily formulate the ideal working programme for the individual so that we can ensure physical health and well-being.” 

 Rowena Cook


Kishka had been suffering with lower back pain and had been having acupuncture which helped enormously however, it didn’t appear to be getting to the route of the problem. Kishka also had a small lump which, at the age of 10, I didn’t really want to be too invasive with regards to investigations. I heard about thermal imaging and as this was a non invasive procedure that would be done in Kishka’s own home, as well as being considerably cheaper than x-ray etc, it seemed the perfect solution.

The results where mind blowing. I was amazed. Everything previously diagnosed was there to see in plain English! The report was so thorough and in depth but not at all confusing. The lump showed up as having no blood supply which would indicate a benign growth, which saved all the trauma of a biopsy. Unfortunately for Kishka it didn’t end there as her back deteriorated and she now has a conclusive diagnosis of spondylosis of the spine. However, the vets used the thermal imaging report to marry up their findings and they found it very beneficial and informative. Kishka is consequently having hydrotherapy and her hydro therapist is using the thermal imaging reports to work and strengthen muscles which you wouldn’t necessarily know were weaker or needed strengthening without the report.

I would have no hesitations in recommending Veterinary Thermal Imaging coupled with Lindsay’s gentle approach and kindness towards the dogs. I was extremely impressed with the service and in future Veterinary Thermal Imaging would always be my first port of call.

Ali Cook May 2011

Day 3 at the vet's and so far the bone scan has pretty much confirmed what your scan said - some changes in Gem’s back which are being x-rayed this morning and left hock is a bit suspect. I will be raising whether we could have bypassed the bone scan and gone straight to this stage.

Anne, August 2011

Following the thermal imaging pictures, you suggested that we book Snap in for x rays of her spine to try to diagnose the problem. (We had several quarrels with our vet to get these booked as he was adamant that there was nothing wrong with her back!)
I am so grateful for all the help you have given us! Without the thermal imaging scans and your suggestion that we get those parts of her back x rayed we may never have been able to locate and solve Snap's problem because of how expensive the bone scans would have been. I am delighted to announce that yesterday we did our first 5 strides of canter in nearly 8 months with absolutely no bucking/rearing!
Thank you for giving me my horse back!

Bryony, May 2011

I was absolutely in shock at first because I only asked for x-rays to rule out a bone problem.  I wasn’t expecting a subchondral bone cyst. I showed my vet your images and the cyst is exactly where the white hot spot is, so although he did say that he had been sceptical about thermal imaging in the past he is now mentioning your images to people as he is converted.  Without you I doubt we would have pinpointed the problem so quickly because it is very hard to do flexion tests on an 11 month old!  She was leaping around all over the place so very little trot to be seen – definitely not enough to make any sort of diagnosis.
Diva has been sound for nearly 6 weeks and the hole in the cyst has filled up nicely. The surgeon is very pleased with her and she is to be treated as a normal horse now.

Deborah, November 2010 


Thought I would let you know our vet has been out to check on Splash, he has confirmed the n/s stifle as the problem area, whilst he admits he has mixed feelings about thermal imaging (due to weather variables and interpretation), on this occasion he is in agreement :). So, even in the open field - all be it we chose our weather carefully, you were spot on!, thank you.

Jenny, July 2011



I'm so glad I came across veterinary thermal imaging and had my horses images taken. Thanks to my horses report I was able to see for myself the extent of a back problem he was suffering from and take the necessary course of action to treat it. Hayley at veterinary thermal imaging has been so helpful and even got my follow up report back to me the very same day to kindly put my mind at ease that my horses treatment was a success! I will now use Thermal Imaging as a routine part of my horses care to regularly check in on his condition and saddle fit.

Claire, August 2012

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