Normal weight
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Normal weight

This is a discussion on Normal weight within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Photo of horses of horses with normal weight

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-07-2009, 12:32 AM
  #1
Weanling
Normal weight

How can you tell if your horse is a normal weight vs overweight? Should you ever be able to feel any ribs? Our horse had a good winter "layer" which was good considering we had a cold winter for our area. We can't feel any ribs and she just starting to shed so she still has a fluffy look - I don't think she is really much overweight, but I'm just curious.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    03-07-2009, 01:01 AM
  #2
Weanling
You should be able to just feel the ribs but not see them at all. When you look at her rump from behind it should be a smooth line with no indent in the middle. I'm not sure if that is the best way to describe it?
     
    03-07-2009, 02:13 AM
  #3
Green Broke
You SHOULD be able to feel ribs if you press lightly on the sides. If you have to press firmly, or really feel around for them, then she's too fat.

The Henneke Body Condition scale has detailed information on how to tell if your horse is under or over weight.
Henneke Body Scoring - Habitat for Horses - Equine Protection Organization - Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Horse Education and Adoptions
     
    03-07-2009, 02:37 AM
  #4
Weanling
Looks like my horse it too fat. She does not have any indent on her rump so hopefully she isn't too too fat! I hope as her winter coat sheds so will some weight (wish, wish, wish). Unfortunately, I don't have any control over diet (MIL - can't tell her what to do!) so I hope I can get a handle on it as I will be riding more with the upcoming longer days and decent weather.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is This Unreal? Or normal? Nita Jumping 15 12-08-2008 04:42 PM
Uh, is this normal?! ohmyitschelle Horse Health 8 10-24-2008 07:59 PM
Horse loosing weight after worming...Normal? ds2659674 Horse Talk 6 10-15-2008 11:12 AM
4 month old, is this normal? Angilina Horse Training 3 10-04-2008 11:59 AM
healthy or normal?? Ride4Life Horse Health 6 04-21-2008 05:02 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0