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post #1 of 5 Old 01-06-2015, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Body Condition Scoring, Equine

This is not strictly gaited horse related but is important nonethless.

So far this winter we've not had to feed any hay. I ran a BCS on my horses this a.m. and the all came out to 6-7 out of 10. Here's the chart and methodology: BODY CONDITION SCORING FOR HORSES | The Equine Nutrition Nerd

I put out a bale this p.m. as we are going to go into single digits by Thursday a.m. with some wind and I figured I was "flush" and could afford to do something extra. If they don't touch it I'll know that we are doing fine. If they hit it like sharks on a bloody carcass I'll have a different answer.

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-06-2015, 02:43 PM
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I think 5 is the tipping point on BCS above that and you have a few pounds to spare, below it you better keep an eye on the situation.

Single digits...Brrrr...I remember those days. Glad I moved south, but ask me again in July! :)

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I think 5 is the tipping point on BCS above that and you have a few pounds to spare, below it you better keep an eye on the situation.

Single digits...Brrrr...I remember those days. Glad I moved south, but ask me again in July! :)
I am in The South!!!

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We have -15°C tonight. My horse ate his porridge and is walking around choosing which pile of hay to munch on.. then again, it is usual to get a couple of weeks like this for us in winter, being part of North/East Europe And I would say mine is around 6-7 too, he is not fat, no ribs, no creases, nothing out of great shape :P
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-06-2015, 04:47 PM
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South as in Southern Hemisphere or South, as in the Southern North Hemisphere?

Maybe you just didn't go south enough!

“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer


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