Scoring body condition
So after seeing another couple of horses in poor condition and the owner blissfully thinking they are just fine I thought I'd like to make a website with body scores I could send them. I've seen a couple but they usually only have a couple and don't take into consideration various breeds and/ or horses of differnt disceplines.
Would anyone here be willing to send photos of horses in all types of condition so that I could use them. I'm a visual learner and I need photos. I could probably get scores 3- 6 from my own albums but would be pressed to find any others.
In case your wondering this is what my scoring methods look like, the first I'd score the bucksin 5 the bay 6. The next is 3 (the winter coat makes her look 4, she's back to a 5 now) and the one after that 7.
Oh! I went to a clinic and it was teaching about body scoring. You go from 1-10...one is extremely emanciated and 10 is morbidly obese.
5 is what they consider ideal...the a layer of fat that covers the ribs slightly.
Your horse,Manca,would probably be at a score of 4. She is a TB,right? She has some fat on her but still a tiny bit thin. Nothing that is alarming in my opinion.
let me get examples..be right back
here is a great website..and I messed up it's a score or 1-9 for body condition
Henneke Body Scoring - Habitat for Horses - Equine Protection Organization - Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Horse Education and Adoptions
Uh-oh. Anyone wanna have a stab at Miss Lenox? She came to us even fatter, if you can imagine that, but has since been on a regimented feeding and training schedule ;-)
I'm going to agree with the others and say she's a four. She has a nice coat though. I have a TB mare I'd put as a three (not the one I posted earlier) who I cannot get to gain weight, but has a glossy coat with dapples. :? I'm changing the diet a bit to see if I can find another way to get those pounds on her.
equiniphile - I'm going to go with a fitter 7, somewhat fleshy but I can see the toning going on. She has Percheron in her right? I like her.
Equiniphile, your girl would be at a 7. She is pretty fleshy. Has a good size crest.Her girth area looks like there may be some fat that she could lose. Our mustang is about a 6.5 ..she is still overweight but so much fatter when we got her.
I'm changing her diet every half a year, just to see if this new thing will help. Well, she's been worse, so I'm ok with her current weight. We're working on her muscles now (especially topline bothers me), but this too, is going to take a lot of time...
Thanks for the link :)
No problem :)
We had a AP QH that was more TB than QH..he was a hard keeper but not super hard.
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