Mike Marquis

Equine Podiatrist
Certified Barefoot Farrier
Thermographer

Equine Thermal Imaging Services

What Is Thermal Imaging


HOW A THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA WORKS.


TO FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW A THERMAL IMAGE OR THERMOGRAM IS PRODUCED,SOME BACKGROUND OF THE PHYSICS OF LIGHT SPECTRUM IS NEEDED.







Thermal Saddle Fitting

    

HORSE AND RIDER SADDLE FITTING WITH THERMAL IMAGING!


THE CORRECT FIT OF YOUR SADDLE IS VITAL TO YOUR HORSES BACK AND PERFORMANCE.


MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE HAVING PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS ARE WORKING IN SADDLES THAT ARE NOT PROPERLY FITTED TO THEIR HORSE! 



Detecting Hoof Problems

   

SEE INSIDE THE HOOF USING A THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA!


 ABSCESS'S ARE A LOCAL INFECTION WHICH IS GENERAL ENCAPSULATED WITH IN THE HOOF CAPSULE . THESE CAN BE VERY PAINFUL! A QUICK THERMAL SCAN CAN TELL VOLUMES!

 




Tendon & Ligament Thermal Scans

  

DO YOU FEEL LIKE SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH YOUR HORSE? HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR HORSES LEGS AND YOU NOTICE SWELLING & HEAT. GIVE US A CALL SO WE CAN EASILY IDENTIFY YOUR PROBLEM AREAS WITH A THERMAL SCAN.





Dental Problems Diagnosed

 

IS YOUR HORSE THROWING IT'S HEAD?

ARE YOU HAVING A HARD TIME PUTTING IN THE BIT? IT MIGHT  BE A GOOD TIME TO HAVE A THERMAL SCAN TO SEE WHATS GOING ON.

 

  



Underlying Back Problems


IS YOUR HORSE STARTING TO BUCK? NOT WANTING YOU TO SADDLE UP OR TIGHTEN THE GIRTH. 


MAYBE YOUR HORSE JUST  FEELS OFF. IT COULD BE MANY THINGS FROM A PULLED MUSCLE, SADDLE NOT FITTED RIGHT OR IMPROPER RIDING! NOT SURE WHERE THE PAIN IS COMING FROM THEN GIVE US A CALL.


Prepare Your Horse For The Thermographer

About Us

B.W.F.A Certified Farrier

 I have been a Certified Farrier through the B.W.F.A for over 15 years,  and have been a Farrier for over 20 years. 


 I specialize in doing a "Natural Barefoot Trim". 


I have studied several Natural Hoof Care Specialist of the years Thomas Teskey, Pete Ramey, Jamie Jackson, Dr. Hiltrud Strasser's and Gene Ovnicek. From these experts in the field of Natural Trimming methods. I have taken what I think is the most practical approach to taking care of a  Domesticated horse in today's environment. 


 I have worked also worked with Dr. Rick Redden a leading Equine Podiatrist in the United States. His work is 2nd to none in our industry.  We worked on a horse that was getting a 2nd tendononmy. 


Dr. Redden was the leading vet that was consulted, I was the lead Farrier.  I was instructed by Dr. Redden on how to shoe
this horse for this procedure.
(I worked with him on this horse before I came into my  barefoot trimming techniques). 

The experience I gained from
talking with him was life learning.


  I have the experience to work with the Veterinarian if a horse has special needs like being Foundered, Navicular, or just treating a common Solar Abscess. I have worked side by side with Veterinarians in the past
having to help with administering tranquilizers to wild mustangs
that needed there hooves trimmed.


  Being Reliable and Dependable is what you can expect out of me everyday! I spend a good amount of time continuing to educate myself and learn new techniques. I try to keep up with the latest research on Farrier Science. This helps me give the best quality service to each horse.
 

My slogan is to "Put balance back in to every step". 


A sound horse makes every one happy....... Client, Horse, and Me! 

       

  I try to have a up beat attitude every day when working with horses. One of the reasons I  got into horses was how it made me feel when being around them and playing with them. They really do help take the stress of everyday life away. They make me feel good inside when I'm around them everyday.......Its not just a job to me!!! I love what I do. If I can make a horse more comfortable when I'm done then, I have done my job.        

I like to have fun when I work. You will usually see me working with a smile on my face, cracking a joke or just poking fun at myself or YOU!!  I try to make my visit to your barn/home a fun pleasant experience.
 

Certified Technician In Veterinary & Equine Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging has really taken off in recent years with diagnosing lameness issues in horses. Veterinarians & other Practitioners like myself are getting on board in helping find answers to lameness issues in equines. 


I'm not a Veterinarian but a Certified Equine/Animal Thermographer/Technician. I have my Certification through Thermology, A Infrared Thermal Imaging Learning Center. Thermal imaging is a life long continuing education! I will continue to get Certifications as new classes come out!


Only a Licensed Vet can diagnose your Horses Images. I have been trained how to properly take Thermal Images so your Vet can Interpret them. Not all Veterinarians know how to Interpret Thermal Images. If your Vet isn't familiar with this newer technology, we can help you locate one that can Interpret your horses images to find out what is wrong.


After your Thermal Scan a full Report 

will be emailed to you to review. Any questions can be answered then. Some Images are clear to see if their is a problem or not. Some Images may need a thorough look over by a qualified Vet in Interpreting your Thermal Images.


Most of the images on this site have been taken by a Certified Thermographer with a very high resolution ( 640x480)  Flir camera. These cameras are very expensive $30,000 or more. Very few Vets & Certified Thermographers use them. Most are using 320x240 resolution cameras, which is what I use. Which are excellent for diagnosing Thermal patterns in animals.


 Thermal Imaging doesn’t replace your vet, but can pinpoint specific areas of concern which you might want him or  her to take a closer look at for you. You or your vet together may feel that the information within the Thermal Imaging report is sufficient.  Know further examinations are needed. Saving you time and  money on x-rays,Chiropractor visits and blood tests. 

We work with all sizes!

Marquis Farrier Price List

  • FLORIDA & MICHIGAN PRICE LIST
  • Natural Barefoot Trim      $45-50
  • Mini                                  $35-40
  • Draft                                $65-70
  • Foundered                      $75
  • Training                           $75 hour
  • EQUINE THERMAL IMAGING
  • Hoof/ Leg Imaged          $75
  • Back Imaged                    $75
  • Whole Body Imaging      $175
  • Head/ Dental Imaged     $75
  • Saddle & Rider Imaging  $275
  • SMALL ANIMAL IMAGING
  • Dogs/ Cats/ Birds Etc.     $75
  • FARM ANIMAL IMAGING
  • Cows                               $150
  • Pigs,Goats,sheep            $75 
  • ARIZONA PRICE LIST
  • Natural Barefoot Trim      $55-60
  • Mini                                  $40-45
  • Draft                                $75
  • Foundered                      $75
  • Training                           $75 hour
  • EQUINE THERMAL IMAGING
  • Hoof/ Leg Imaging        $75
  • Back Imaged                  $75                        
  • Whole Body Imaging      $175
  • Head/ Dental Imaging     $75
  • Saddle & Rider Imaging  $275
  • SMALL ANIMAL IMAGING
  • Dogs/ Cats/ Birds Etc.     $75
  • FARM ANIMAL IMAGING
  • Cows                              $150
  • Pigs,Goats,sheep           $75 



Educational Articles

What is a Natural Barefoot Performance Trim?

 No trimming is really "natural",  the act of a person trimming a hoof can never be natural. The only "natural" trim is the one a horse gives themselves, living in a natural environment. 

Should Your Horse Go Barefoot

 Many  horse owners take shoeing their horse for granted, but in reality many  horses can go barefoot with little difficulty. Here are some questions  to consider if you are looking at making the jump from shoes to  barefoot:
 

Benefits Of Going Barefoot

 Are there any disadvantages to keeping your horse barefoot? 

Are there benefits to keeping your horse unshod?



Barefoot vs Shod

   A point/counterpoint discussion on the controversial issue of whether horses need to wear shoes.  




What Makes A Good Farrier

 Education      


A proper and complete education is the key to becoming an accomplished professional. Many Farriers attend schools to increase their knowledge and skills. 

More Articles

Read more articles on training, how to treat hoof diseases, to Products I recommend.





My Commitment To You



I will employ the sum of MY training, experience, and ability in the care of your horses' hooves with a focus on maintaining or restoring soundness and enhancing performance. I invest considerable resources
into continuing education and keeping MY practice current with the developing science of Farrier.


I will gladly work with your trainer, vet or other full-time horse care professionals for the good of your horses, and we will suggest that such professionals be consulted when  will make every effort to stay on schedule and to arrive

for appointments on time. I book my appointments in the A.M. or P.M. This gives us a better window to work with as far as time. I will call ahead if I'm running behind schedule, and I  will give as much notice as possible should I have to cancel. 
  

  • I prefer to observe the horse in motion (walk & trot) prior to starting work (to evaluate way of going, needed corrections/lameness, etc.).  
  • If your horse is too energetic, turn-out or lunging before we arrive is recommended.   
  • If we are working at feeding time, please feed your horse before we begin.  
  • I welcome questions & conversation.  
  • If working on a mare with foal, please have the foal restrained (halter & lead rope is fine).  
  • I ask you that you maintain a regular trimming schedule.  Waiting until your horse is past due for a trim, usually results in severely damaged feet, which reduces the quality of my work.

  

   I  am a professional Certified Farrier through the B.W.F.A, this is what I do everyday! I have went to school and learned the latest techniques and continue to educate myself every year! My prices reflect my education. 


    I received most of my Farrier and Horse training in Florida. I look forward to meeting new clients and their horses. I will take the time with each horse to make sure all  four hooves are balanced, and the horse has comfortable experience through out the process. Certified Farriers require more schooling than the non-certified Farriers. A Certified Farrier is held to higher standards and the quality of work is usually reflected in what we do.    

  



2010 Hottest Farrier Award Winner

2010 Hottest Horseman Award winners



Horses in the Morning names
2010 Hottest Horseman Award winners
January 2, 2011 12:52 pm ET 
 
  


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AND THE WINNERS ARE?

Who is the hottest horseman you know? Did you nominate him for a 2010 Hottest Horseman Award? “Horses in the Morning,” a live equestrian radioTHE WINNERS ARE? and podcast show (hosted by Jamie Jennings and Helena Bee), revealed the winners of the 2010 Hottest Horsemen Awards during a December 30th broadcast. The program was sponsored by Kentucky Performance Products. And here they are, the Horses in the Morning – Hottest Horseman Award winners for 2010:
 

Best in Breeches: Boyd Martin
Hottest Couple (Man and Horse): Rafael Valle and Ivory Pal
Hottest Farrier: Mike Marquis
Hottest Horse Dad: Monte Roberts
Hottest Horse Husband: Jim Fey
Hottest Shirtless Guy Galloping on a Horse: Kenneth Pridham
Hottest Veterinarian: Joe Rosenberg, DVM
Most Eligible Horse Bachelor:  Figures
Hottest Horseman – Best in Show: Charles Campbell and Zenyatta (at Lane’s End)
 
To see the Bio's of all winners Click Here
 

If you want to see the it article online click here  

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