Hat tip to Lainey Ashker for sharing this very cool video that shows a dressage test through the lens of infrared technology. It’s fascinating to see the different muscle groups that are engaged on the horse depending on the movement in the test.
The video was produced by Thermografie Centrum, which offers courses in medical infrared imaging and veterinary thermography in the Netherlands. Medical infrared imaging enables analysis of slight variations in skin temperature. The human hand can only detect changes of more than 2ºC (35.6ºF). Infrared cameras can detect changes up to a tenth of a degree centigrade and more without any physical contact with the horse.
Be sure to check out the other fascinating videos from Thermografie Centrum on their Facebook page, including how thermography can be used to detect lameness.