It involves assessing the overall condition of your horse.
It is important to understand a horse’s body condition score (BCS) is not just about how much the horse weighs but also how fat is distributed. Horses with fat deposited on their rump, back, withers and neck are vulnerable to diseases such as laminitis and equine metabolic syndrome
Laminitis is an extremely painful inflammation of a horses hooves, and causes the anmial to struglle with movement and it may also lie down a lot to try to ease the pain. Equine metabolic syndrome can be likened to diabetes in humans.
Horses with prominent withers, ribs and hip bones are underwieght/mal nourished which is of course equally poor for a horses health and wellbeing,
If your pony or horse has a body score above 3/5. You need to act now in order to prevent your horse developing a disease associated with being overweight.
The first thing you must do is keep feeding your horse. Starving a fat horse can kill it. You need to keep feeding your horse but will need to change what and how you feed it.
Follow these steps:
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