Learn How to Body Condition Score your Horse

What is your horse’s body condition? Did you know there was a scoring system to rank your horse’s physical condition? Check out our latest learning lesson about how to body condition score your horse. Learn a time-tested and accepted method to evaluate your horse’s fat cover and the balance between the food he eats and the amount of energy he burns.

Diagram of the Fat Areas of a Horse

Understanding this score system to evaluate your horse’s fat cover will help you develop a keen eye to adjust management practices according to the needs of your horse. You will also be better equipped to relay information about your horse’s condition to others, like your veterinarian on the phone, in the case of an emergency.

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