How can I tell if my horse is overweight?
Having an accurate knowledge of what your horse weighs is vital, not only for effective administration of drugs, such as wormers, but also for calculating feed rations. Regular weighing will help you monitor on how your management regime is affecting your horse's waistline. This means problems such as weight-gain can be addressed early-on before they become too much of an issue.
Condition scoring is used to assess whether a horse or pony is at the correct bodyweight. Describing a horse's condition can be subjective and therefore a condition score sets out criteria to make the process more objective.
By comparing your horse to the pictures and descriptions shown on the chart, you should be able to determine their condition.
A condition score of 3 (on the 0-5 scale) would be considered as optimum.
To learn how to condition score your horse, the Dengie nutrition team have produced the video below to explain the process.
Using a weigh tape
One of the easiest ways to get an idea of what your horse weighs is to use a weight tape, which can be purchased cheaply online or at your local saddlery. Because weight tapes only give an estimation of your horse's weight, they are best used in conjunction with condition scoring so that you can assess if your horse is at a healthy weight.
Watch the video below to learn how to weigh tape a horse.
Dengie Diet Clinics
A weighbridge is the most accurate method of weighing your horse and that is where Dengie can help. Our Dengie Diet Clinics are a free service that we offer across the country. One of the Dengie team will visit your yard with a portable weighbridge, weigh and condition score the horses and draw up personalised nutrition plans to help each horse gain, lose or maintain condition as needed. Please note due to currently experiencing a high demand for diet clinics, our team are fully booked until early summer.
Join the Dengie Fit Club on Facebook
Team Dengie have made it our mission for 2016 to help raise awareness and battle this issue with the Dengie Fit Club. Designed to help educate horse owners, the Dengie Fit Club will provide nutritional help and support for all horse owners. Click here to join the Dengie Fit Club today!