Thoracolumbar (Back) Monitoring

Progressive observation techniques in the structures lying beneath the saddle for improved inter-visit comparisons and pro-active healthcare

Monitoring by Horsepower utilises pressure algometry as a proactive tool for the conscious horse owner by monitoring the health of the structures lying beneath the saddle, otherwise known as the thoracolumbar region. 

What is Pressure Algometry? Scroll down for more info in the FAQ's! 

 Application examples:

  • Part of your horse's wellness plan

  • Horse in training

  • After a long period of rest or injury

  • Increase in workload - how is the horse coping?

  • Before and after a new saddle fitting

  • Proactive healthcare

  • Rehabilitation monitoring

Horseback Riding

How does Pressure Algometry work? 

Briefly speaking, pressure algometry works by identifying the minimum pressure that induces a response (muscular or behavioural) as we do in palpation (touch observations). The minimum pressure value is recorded.

How do you decide which locations to monitor?

The thoracolumbar region (beneath the saddle area) of the ridden horse is widely documented to experience tension, pain and underlying pathology so it is an area of clinical interest. Furthermore, locations used are selected due to their ability to be located in relation to nearby bony landmarks (prominent bony areas of the skeleton).

What do I need to consider when booking an appointment?

Monitoring must be done at similar times of the day. For example, readings will differ before and after exercise as the muscles will be much warmer and suppler after exercise. Additionally, learnt responses/behaviour may affect results, so as with most techniques, not all horses are 100% suitable for this tool, nor must it be employed too frequently.

I think my horse has hurt his back can you assess him?

Any proactive or rehabilitative sessions conducted by Nadia will be in accordance with The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. Observations are to aid the rider/owners understanding of how your horses back is responding to stimuli, it is not a diagnosis nor is it a replacement for veterinarian assessment. If you have concerns regarding the report results, I encourage owners to share these with your veterinarian to aid discussions. 

Why can I book a minimum of two sessions?

There are no standardised values to refer to, so a series of readings are completed to compare the horse to its own normal. Values can range depending on age, breed, activity level, gender and weight in horses as they do in humans.