Whether you are buying, selling or would like to perform a routine diagnostic of a horse, The Green Valley Group is a valuable resource for your horse's health and your finances.
Before Thermography, Veterinarians could only locate problems using traditional methods such as observation and palpation. Now, using Advanced EquineIR Thermography, abnormalities present stressed tissues even before damage occurs. This methodology has been developed and refined over the past twenty-five years and has been proven to be an effective imaging technique for the following:
• Hoof Balancing
• Saddle Fit
• Joint Inflammation
• Track Footing
• General Diagnostics
Our objective is to work closely with the Owner / Trainer of any horse that is indicating areas of distress to ensure that it receives the best possible treatment. A thermal examination will identify areas of heat anomalies that indicate further investigation should be carried out and we will leave you with a full report including both thermal pictures and our Interpret networks suggestions based on the results. We would always recommend that your vet is consulted before you undertake any treatment as a result of anomalies found during the infrared inspection.
No. The infrared inspection is noninvasive and non-contact. The Thermographer will examine the horse using a thermal camera, very similar in appearance to a video camera, and does not need to touch the horse at any time. We would prefer the owner to hold the horse during the inspection.
A typical scan can be completed within 30 minutes. Additional time will be required for saddle fit imaging.
There is no recovery period after an examination as the horse does not receive any treatment; the inspection is purely visual using the thermal camera. Normal work or activities can be resumed straight away if required.
Because the examination is just a visual inspection and there is no contact with the horse, no form of sedation is required. However it will produce clearer images that are easier to interpret if the horse will stand still for a short while to allow the inspection to take place.
The infrared inspection is completely non-contact and non-intrusive, and the thermal camera does not come into contact with the horse. The technology works using the heat emitted by the horse to produce a thermal image which can be used to identify problem areas.
Yes, we send the owner a preparation sheet prior to the scan date. The power of our network comes from the research behind the preparation process. Better preparation = Better Images. For basics the horse should be clean, dry, and settled in a stable away from either cold drafts or hot humid areas. We will speak to the owner about requirements prior to the consultation.
"Artifacts" or anomalies can be found in the image when the proper preparation procedures are not followed. To the untrained eye these can give a "false positive", so experience and training are the keys to producing accurate thermograms for interpretation. For example, if legs have been bandaged, or blisters or liniments have been used, they will show up as areas with increased heat. External environmental factors can also play a part. If the animal has been in the sunlight or lying on one side, this will again affect the image, therefore a strict preparation protocol must be followed before each consultation and time is spent carefully taking a history and examining the environment.
No. We will travel to you, this ensures that the horse is relaxed among its own surroundings and alleviates any stress caused by travel.
The Green Valley Group partners with you, your veterinarian, farrier and saddle fitter to bring to light what the horses are trying to tell us, but cannot say. Our ultimate goal is to pinpoint areas of concern that are often times unknown so that the animal can get back on track.
The Green Valley Group provides Equine Thermal Imaging as one of the many applications of infrared thermography. Kevin Thompson is an EquineIR™ Certified Technician, receiving certification through United Infrared. He is also a Saddlefit 4 Life® Level I Certified Technician, receiving certification by master saddler and saddle ergonomist, Jochen Schleese.
Research conducted on racehorses in the USA has shown that Thermal Imaging can identify areas of injury up to three weeks before your horse exhibits clinical symptoms. Horses are naturally prey animals, and mask injury to prevent predation. You might get the feeling that your horse is a little bit 'off', but not really know why. Thermal Imaging can show you..
PO Box 242
Unionville, PA 19375
The Green Valley Group LLC
PO Box 242
Unionville, PA 19375
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