by guest blogger Sophie Gent
This 8yr old Eventer was referred for a scan by his treating vet. The horse had been observed as being lame behind and the treating vet suggested that the left hock was jarred. Both TMTS were medicated. Over the subsequent months his owner noticed some swelling in both forelimbs, but this dissipated over 24hrs, in training the horse was reluctant to push from behind, was showing signs of discomfort after fast work and generally lacking his normal elastic movement.
Thermographic Findings From Full Body Scan:
Focal inflammation of the caudal thoracic spinal region is observed on dorsal views of the back.
There is mild multifocal intertarsal inflammation on dorsal views of the hocks, plantar views are normal.
Thermal findings in the dorsal hocks correlate with a history of tarsal joint pathology.
Further clinical correlation of the thermal findings in the caudal thoracic and lumbar back is advised. Thermal findings may simply indicate muscular tightness, but spinal ligamentous sprain and dorsal overriding of the spinous processes can produce similar thermal patterns and these should be ruled out.
LH pre exercise hyperthermic asymmetry may be secondary to increased weight bearing on this limb if there is RH lameness.
Further Veterinary Investigation:
A lameness work up by the treating vet found the horse to be sound.
X-rays of the thoracolumbar spine and left and right hocks identified mild osteoarthritis in the left tarso-metatarsal and distal intertarsal joints
X-rays of the spine identified 3 close interspinous processes T14-T17 correlating well with thermography. These were medicated with Methylprednisolone.
How To Book An Appointment
If you are interested in having a physiological assessment of your horse, you can find contact details for your local SyncThermology technician by visiting their website www.syncthermology.com where they will be happy to provide you with a free telephone consultation to determine if thermography could assist you and explain the screening process. They also work closely with many veterinary practices around the country and their service can be accessed on a referral basis through your treating vet.
To learn more about thermology, SyncThermology run free CPD’s and workshops around the UK. Go to www.syncthermology.com for more information.