Sandhills Thermal Imaging Joins EquineIR™ Network for Infrared Horse Surveys in Southern Pines, NC

Sandhills Thermal Imaging Joins EquineIR™ Network to Perform Infrared Horse Surveys in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
By: Sandhills Thermal Imaging
Jan. 31, 2013 - PRLog -- EquineIR™ is a service line which provides Infrared Surveys for Horse Owners, Veterinarians, and Horse Trainers to detect potential health issues and injuries in horses, potentially saving horse owners thousands of dollars.  EquineIR™ is a National Network of Certified Thermographers specially trained in the application of Equine Thermography.  EquineIR™ service providers use infrared thermography to detect potential health problems and injuries in horses.  Sandhills Thermal Imaging announces the opening of the newest service area of the EquineIR™ network and provide service to the Southern Pines area.

Since animals cannot speak, it has been difficult for caretakers to truly identify hidden or masked conditions. Before Thermography, Veterinarians could only locate problems using traditional methods such as observation and palpation. Now, using advanced EquineIR™ thermography, abnormalities present stressed tissues even before damage occurs. With infrared thermal imaging, many of these physiological and anatomical issues are exposed at a much earlier stage.  Early detection equals early prevention.  Anatomical imaging, such as x-rays, cannot detect soft tissue conditions.  Physiological imaging such as infrared imaging has the ability to recognize soft tissue conditions and areas that are indicative of anatomical issues. This methodology has been developed and refined over the past twenty-five years and has been proven to be an effective imaging technique for the following:  Pre-Purchase, Hoof Balancing, Saddle Fit, Track Footing, Pre-Race, Joint Inflammation and General Diagnostics.  

EquineIR™ has partnered with the Equine Thermal Imaging Institute (ETII) (, whose management team consists of two licensed Veterinarians, a seasoned trainer and a world-class farrier, with a combined experience of over 130 years.  ETII provides technical direction to the EquineIR™ training courses and expert interpretations of the infrared equine surveys through the Network ( which aligns EquineIR™ Certified Technicians (ECTs) with Veterinarians specializing in infrared thermography of horses to create detailed, graphic medical evaluations.  

Sandhills Thermal Imaging ( is owned and operated by Brad Gilbertson.  The company is based out of Fayetteville, North Carolina and mainly provides service to all of the counties in the Sandhills region of the state. However, their thermographers can travel to any location where service is needed. The company is a full-service thermography company capable of providing any infrared imaging a client may need. “We provide professional infrared services for a wide variety of clients in the beautiful Sandhills region of the state.  Being part of a nationwide network provides our company with a huge resource of expertise in many different applications of infrared thermography, which we provide to our clients,” states Mr. Gilbertson.  Sandhills Thermal Imaging uses state-of-the-art FLIR™ infrared equipment to produce a series of photographic-quality images which are then reviewed and interpreted by a licensed veterinarian and a certified master farrier who are part of the EquineIR™ team. Their comments are then included in the professional report which is presented to the client. “EquineIR™ is a unique and innovative service, and we are excited about the ability to assist horse owners and veterinarians in our local market in this capacity,” Mr. Gilbertson concludes.

Equine IR™ is owned by United Infrared, Inc. (UI) (, a North Carolina Corporation which provides applications-specific resource systems for contractors of infrared thermographic services.  UI is owned by Greg Stockton and Peter Hopkins and was created to help thermographers add infrared technologies to their business. "EquineIR™ is a service whose time has come and for which there is an eager market.  EquineIR™ provides horse owners, trainers and Veterinarians with an inexpensive means of determining problems before they become debilitating to the horse,” states Peter Hopkins.  “Because we are a national network of trained local contractors, the service is standardized, affordable and high quality," says Greg Stockton.

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