Weight Watching

Achieving and maintaining a healthy body condition score and body weight can be one of the most important things you do for your horse in his life. Adiposity, or carrying too much body weight, can negatively affect things such as joint soundness, exercise tolerance, reproduction and inflammatory status, and it predisposes your horse to laminitis. Luckily, maintaining an ideal body condition score is a relatively straightforward process, but it can require a good deal of work and dedication from you, the owner. So, how do you know if your horse is in good weight? Body weight, or body mass, is simply a number on a scale, and is affected greatly by the horse’s height and build. But, when horses are overweight, those numbers will increase. Many horse owners don’t have access to an equine scale, and, therefore, rely on estimates. Body Condition Scoring Much of a horse’s body fat is…

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