Body Condition Scoring Your Horse

By: Poulin Grain

Body condition scoring (BCS) uses visual and palpable key areas to assess the amount of fat cover on your horse's body, and can be a good indicator of overall health.

Body condition scoring uses a ranking of 1(severely emaciated)- 9(obese). Use body condition scoring to track changes in your horse's weight and condition over time, and to determine if a change to feeding or exercise is needed.

General categorization of body condition scores:

BCS 1-3 = Underweight

BCS 4-6 = Ideal (A horse's ideal score can vary depending on breeding status, discipline, performance level, age and other variables. A BCS of 5 is considered healthy for most situations).

BCS 7-9 = Overweight

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