Back and Sacroiliac Pain

If your horse starts to display uncharacteristic tendencies such as dipping, finching or nipping when groomed or tacked up, a poor or reduced performance, uneveness or unlevel gait, is crooked to ride, carries his tail to one side, is disunited or bucking into canter or rearing, may be due to pain sacro-iliac strain or pain.

Equine Thermography can pinpoint where any issues are allowing your chosen professional to administer a course of treatment targeted at this spot, and for you to see the results. Follow up sessions can ensure your horse returns to work a the optimal time, and allow you to easily and graphically monitor the treatment progress. Most bad backs in horses are actually a secondary problem. Equine thermography can help to identify the seat of the primary cause so his an also be rectified.

 This is a young standardbred who has pain in the pelvis and especially the sacroiliac region - more towards the left hand side and also through the sacrum region.

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This young horse suffered a sacroilac strain. Before I visited the horse, the rider was experiencing major difficulty riding. The horse would kick out in walk and trot and was unable to canter. The rider was not sure if the horse was being naughty. On investigation the sacroiliac showed extreme inflammation and swelling was also present. The horse was treated by an osteopath, massage therapist and received bioptron light therapy from the owner. 3 months later the horse was ready to start work. Thermal imaging pin pointed the reason for the behaviour and enabled the rider to start a therapy programme.




This is a young standardbred who has severe pelvis, sacrum and sacroiliac pain. He also has locking stifles from a young age. I was called in to see him because he was not performing on the track and the owner wanted to check if it was the stifles causing the pain or something else.