2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

The world equestrian games are being held in Lexington Kentucky this week.

I was invited by United Infrared to be a part of their program at the world equestrian games which is being displayed at the Equine IR Booth # 524.


Though there are significant equestrian activities that occur in the State of Tennessee which United Infrared Peter Hopkins would like me to represent their organization within this state, I have found little response from horse owners concerning this nonintrusive diagnostic procedure.

I told my wife (who is currently attending the world equestrian games this weekend) that if I could find something that I could put a picture of a horse on, I would have a marketable product.

Surprisingly, even at the cost of a new set of horse shoes I have found few equestrian owners in this area interested in this extremely effective diagnostic procedure.

Normally a veterinarian must actually hurt the horse to get a response to identify what part of the anatomy of the horse is experiencing problems." Hoof Testers (a large set of vice-grips), Nerve blocking (multiple injections to see when the horse no longer exhibits a painful reaction)" is currently the norm.

Radiographs detect bone injury but do little to assist in diagnosing soft tissue damages. These injuries can be detected weeks prior to the horse showing lameness, and up to a month after the horse has received a vet check allowing the horse to resume training.

Infrared thermal imaging can detect inflammation as well as nerve damage. No radiographs can actually diagnose the type of injury the horse is experiencing.

I have worked with local veterinarians in Nashville, Bowling Green Kentucky and Lexington Kentucky on horses from my boarding stable. They are very intrigued by the capabilities of this technology, but are slow to employ this technique on a routine basis.

I went so far as to perform my level II field assignment on a horse, rather than a nuclear power plant (where most of the students in the class originated from). I received exceptional response from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand! To this day, DVM’s send the papers about their applications for thermal imaging from abroad.

Any thermal imaging camera owner considering application uses outside of the construction field should diligently research their endeavors before committing time and resources to areas outside of their expertise. Though the technology and equipment are more than adequate, this technology is ever so slowly being accepted in some areas of application.

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I too will be there from Oct. 7-Oct. 11.
Can’t wait!
I have made two great connections.
One is with a polo team owner here in NJ and Palm Beach, Fla.
The other is with a business owner who has a blanket washing business.
She goes to all of the barns in my area and has great contacts.
“Build it, they will come”

Peter W. Bennett, Owner
Equine Thermography LLC
“See What Your Horse Can’t Say” with
Infrared Thermal Imaging Services
530 Prospect Avenue Little Silver, NJ 07739
Office 732-984-7276 Cell 732-245-9817
Certified Infrared Thermographer No.7406
Authorized EquineIR.com Technician
Official Vendor Partner of the 2010 World Equestrian Games

This is widely used here in Ontario (standardbred owner and breeder) however I have yet to see it used in the portable version No vet that I know of around here has one,Hmmmmm

David, Have you tried the Breeders? they may be receptive to doing their weenlings and yearlings, (preventative) Let me just say this though, the market is in very very bad shape, price accordingly.

Well, geeze, you’re here and didn’t call me. I’m only a few miles north of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Call and I’ll buy you lunch or dinner. Dinner probably better so you don’t have to leave the mess during the middle of the day!!


Interesting info…thanks for the post

Let us know how it goes Dave. I’d like to see some of the IR pictures you take.

I will be there Thursday through Monday.

Peter, I was thinking of going up tomorrow again but my camera has yet to return from Flir…

I have some work to do in Indianapolis (which I am putting off) until my camera gets back. I try to combine these events into one trip whenever possible.

If things manage to work out, I will give you a call and try to meet up with you at some point if I delay my travel itinerary.

Have a good time.

recommendation: Park your car in Lexington and take Lextran to the games. Cheapest parking and transportation available. Unless you have other accommodations of course !