EasyCare has formed an exciting collaborative partnership with Australian equine podiatrist and bodyworker Duncan McLaughlin to conduct a thermographic study of shod and unshod horses. Mr. McLaughlin and EasyCare representatives will be on location at the Bryce XP (Paunsagaunt) Pioneer event in Utah starting Wednesday, September 1, 2010. This portion of the study will focus on a comparative analysis of 12 horses shod in the traditional style and 12 barefoot/booted horses.

There are currently four remaining spots available in the segment of the study for shod horses. If you would like your shod horse to participate in this unique opportunity, please follow the instructions outlined at the bottom of this post.

About Thermography
Thermography is non-invasive and has no effect on the physiological status of your horse. Equine Thermography provides an alternative objective view of the circulatory and inflammatory status of your horse. Often, inflammation and changes from the usual patterns of circulation may indicate potential problems before they become apparent by more conventional means. For endurance horses, we find thermography is particularly helpful in identifying:

  • hoof imbalance – longitudinal and medio-lateral
  • inflammatory conditions of the lower limb – deep and superficial flexors and suspensory ligament strain and joint issues; saddle fit issues; and muscular overuse/underuse, to name the more commonly observed conditions.

About the Study
Our preliminary investigations warrant a much closer look. The study will compare any differences in the circulatory and heat patterns of the foot and limb between shod and barefoot/booted horses. To further examine these differences, we will record thermographic images of horses before and after competition in 50-mile endurance rides using various forms of hoof protection. We are looking for participants willing to have their horses undergo:

  • a full thermographic evaluation before the ride start (about 30 mins),
  • a quick lower limb evaluation immediately after completion (less than five minutes),
  • and a post ride follow-up later in the evening.

The pre-ride and and lower limb evaluations will take place at the EasyCare trailer. The fuller post-ride follow-up will be done where the horse is resting (HiTie, corral, trailer) after the ride and will disturb the horse as little as possible or not at all.

The Take-Away
We will provide any participants who wish it an electronic report, including copies at a later date of appropriate thermograms of their horse. These reports will highlight areas of potential concern such as saddle fit issues, one-sidedness, the potential onset of issues that may lead to lameness at a later date and avenues for remedial action.

A white paper will also be published following the extensive field research and will be made available publicly by EasyCare.

Please contact me at kmyers@easycareinc.com if you would like your shod horse to participate in this landmark study.

Kevin Myers


Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your equine partner.