Del Mar IR is a San Diego Based equine thermography (infrared scanning) service firm. CEO and Founder, Cubrina Courdin obtained her certification in infrared thermography with an emphasis in the equine health in 2015. Cubrina had a love for horses early in life and has dedicated her time and profession towards the application of advanced technology towards equine health. She has been involved with horses for over thirteen years, and plans on staying in this industry to help others who share her love and enthusiasm for these amazing animals.
Cubrina began her equine career as a precision mounted drill team rider performing at speed across Colorado. Over the years she continued to perform on dressage, liberty, trick, and roman riding teams, quickly become an instructor as she perfected her skills. The first organization she joined is home to over one hundred and sixty horses and ponies. In working with such a large team, she watched as her friends and fellow riders lost some of their best horses to unexpected injuries. The best way to understand and avoid serious injuries in situations like this is to get constant x-ray imaging on performance horses. Needless to say, with the price of x-rays and lay up care this can be very expensive. Due to horses being pack animals, having the tendency to mask injuries, there are few affordable options that allow constant imaging that can prevent serious injury. Many times there is little that you can do before a breakdown leaves a horse completely disabled.
Upon learning about equine thermography, Cubrina realized that this was the diagnostic tool she had been looking for. Thermography is an affordable and non-invasive process that can quickly pinpoint the location of an injury. It can also be used in preventive care, providing the opportunity to catch a potential injury early on, before irreversible breakdown occurs. This realization prompted Cubrina to seek training in equine thermography, and she soon after obtained her Infrared Thermography training and certification through Infraspection Institute. After the in-depth education on a wide variety of industry applications, she focused her education towards a specialty in equine studies.
If you are an equine enthusiast, whether you are a trainer, trail rider, dressage or western pleasure competitor, polo, racing, hunter, or jumper working with Cubrina and Del Mar IR will give you the peace of mind that your horse is ready to carry you off to your destinations, where ever they may be. You can rest assured that working with Cubrina, a fellow rider who shares your love, appreciation, and enthusiasm for horses, is your partner in maintaining your understanding and visibility in your horse’s current state of health.
CIT (Certified Infrared Thermographer) # 10331
Equine thermography is a non-invasive monitoring tool that uses the very latest infrared imaging equipment and computer software to detect minute differences in the horse’s thermal and neural condition and allows us to quickly and efficiently identify trauma in an injured animal. By identifying the location of the injury we can prevent further trauma and, with the advice of the vet, make a decision on treatment needed and monitor the recovery.
Unlike conventional X-rays and MRI scans, equine thermographic imaging does not use any radiation and is therefore perfectly safe for the horse and the handler. In most cases the results of thermographs can be provided instantly to enable vets, owners, equine therapists and other professionals to make prompt decisions and begin appropriate treatment.
Infrared thermographic imaging has proved to be a valuable tool in the monitoring of performing, injured or recovering equine. Its use as a tool in the pre-diagnosis of significant injury, allows the detection of injuries up to three weeks before major anatomical disruption occurs. This is much earlier than the horse would exhibit clinical signs such as lameness. The physiology of the animal alters when the tissues are under stress and the thermal imaging camera enables us to detect changes in tissue temperature, providing accurate heat mapping in order to pinpoint the potential source or site of injury.
Primarily it is used to identify tendon injury, assist in the diagnosis of lameness, as well as distinguishing early onset laminitis, muscle damage, sprains, inflammation and nerve damage. It is also an invaluable tool when addressing saddle fitting issues and tracking post-operative or post injury recovery.
Equine thermographic imaging is performed using portable equipment which means it is user friendly allowing imaging to be carried out “in the field” making equine thermography a unique monitoring tool. A full body scan is ideal for checkups and assisting veterinary diagnosis. It is often difficult in veterinary medicine to make a true diagnosis of injury due to changing symptoms of the lack of visibility recognizable symptoms. Add this to the patients’ inability to communicate and we are then faced with frustration for the vet, trainer, therapist, farrier, equine professional and disillusionment to the client.
Extensive research in human and equine fields has demonstrated that many injuries and physical conditions can be accurately detected using thermography before any physical signs and symptoms are visibly apparent. This provides a unique way to monitor a horse’s recovery from intense activity, injury and illness.
What is PEMF?
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is non-static magnetic therapy. Electrical currents are introduced in the looped coil creating a magnetic field that provides us the ability to adjust the cycles and frequencies.
How is PEMF used?
PEMF therapy has been utilized to stimulate bone repair. Studies that are currently underway show PEMF benefiting other conditions: healing soft tissue wounds by suppressing the inflammatory responses at the cellular level, alleviating pain, and increasing range of motion. Magnetic fields can also increase circulation, by allowing the arteries and capillaries to dilate. As the magnetic field contacts the cells and brings them back to a proper charge, blood cells are able to split from a cluster and freely flow increasing circulation and increasing the amount of oxygen that is delivered to injured tissue.
Who uses PEMF?
Top athletes in both the equine and human world enjoy the benefits of PEMF. Veterinarians, trainers, and owners use EquiPulse in the rehabilitation and preventive care of equine athletes.
How can PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field therapy) help horses with stiffness, soreness, and horses recovering from ligament muscle and tendon injuries?
- EquiPulse is the latest drug free non-invasive therapy that can aid in the acceleration of the natural healing processes of ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones.
- EquiPulse therapy increases circulation to the affected tissue, by dilating the arteries and capillaries and not by increasing heart rate.
- EquiPulse therapy increases the oxygen intake on a cellular level, allowing to a reduction in pain from a lack of oxygen. Allowing the cells to intake sufficient oxygen decreases lactic acid buildup under strenuous exercise.
- EquiPulse therapy is effective in getting to deep muscle soreness because it allows for deeper penetration through tissue, joints and muscles.
How does Thermography help?
Thermography is a tool to be used alongside current diagnostic methods to help localize and determine the site of damage or pain. Heat generated from inflammation is detected by use of the infrared cameras which allows direct visualization of areas which are cause for concern. Whilst not definitively diagnosing a condition, it allows the veterinarian to focus on the exact area enabling further investigation.
Skin surface temperature should be symmetrical and trained veterinarians can further interpret any changes observed during the scan. Its uses are widespread and can give the veterinarian valuable information into what is going on with the horse.
Thermography has been proven to detect damage in structures up to three weeks before the horse shows any clinical signs. Before a structure, such as a tendon or ligament ‘breaks down’ it undergoes a degree of accumulative damage. This weakens the structure without the horse being actively lame, and if training continues while having this micro damage they are much more susceptible to serious injury.
Monitoring horses in training with thermography allows the veterinarian to see this micro damage and therefore prevent further serious injury.
Thermography is a valuable tool in investigating lameness. Not only does it highlight a specific area for the veterinarian to further examine but it also identifies any secondary or compensatory areas of pain, which can often be overlooked. It is not uncommon for a lameness to be the secondary problem due to an issue elsewhere in the body. Therefore thermography is extremely useful for examining horses with reoccurring lameness, where the origin of the lameness may not necessarily be from the limb it is lame on.
A frustrating complaint for veterinarians is when the horse ‘is just not right’ or is showing poor performance without showing any clinical signs. Thermography can detect issues such as muscle damage or saddle fitting issues, which can contribute to this.