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Body condition scoring

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Body condition scoring

Body condition scoring is used to evaluate a horse's general condition or fat cover. Body condition scoring enables you to keep an eye on your horse's weight over the changing annual seasons and can alert you to any change in condition which may indicate the need for a change in diet or an indication of disease. Using the 1-9 body condition scoring scale, a healthy, fit horse should maintain a body score of between 5 and 6.

Image: An overweight horse
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What does body condition scoring involve?

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Body score - 1

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