Items

Forums
Using the Henneke Horse Body Condition Scoring System
 By Winniefield Park   •   23rd Nov 2019   •   325 views   •   0 comments


There are a few different ways to assess a horseís condition score. But the Henneke Body Condition score is the most well known. The Henneke Body Condition score is used to evaluate the healthy weight of a horse. The scale runs from 1 to 9, with 1 being dangerously emaciated, and nine being dangerously obese. Scores between 4 and 6 are considered ideal, depending on the horse. Assessing a horse requires both observing and feeling six areas of a horseís body to determine how much fat lies beneath the skin.

The Henneke Body Condition score was created by Dr. Don Henneke at Texas A&M University it was first introduced in 1983, and has become a standard scale to assess equine body weight.

These assessments which may be second nature to very experienced horse owners, can be difficult for those of us with less experience. But, the ability to assess our horseís weight is essential for keeping it in good health. But there is an app to help you out. The Equine Body Conditioning Scoring app developed by the University of Glasgow steps you through the process of accurately scoring your horseís weight.

Equine Body Conditioning Scoring is a quick download through Google Play. There is no membership or subscription required. Once downloaded, itís ready to use. The app is very plain looking. There are no videos, detailed images or music. But, the basic information is easy to access and understand. The first step will be to enter a horseís name and age. There is an option to add a photo if you wish.

Once you have entered your horseís basic information, follow the instructions, starting with the horse standing securely tied on an even surface. It then steps you through the assessment of the six areas on a horseís body where it stores excess fat. It also describes how to determine whether you are feeling fat or muscle, and how coat length, age and muscle tone can affect the scores.

Each area is given a separate score, and these are averaged to give an overall score. The score is recorded within the app so you can compare it to the next time you do an assessment. That way you can build a record of your horseís weight for comparison.

This app is intended for use every few weeks so you notice changes in your horseís weight that you might miss as you look at it each day. The app can show you trends that might be useful to your vet if your horse becomes ill because often, if our horse begins to lose weight, we might not be able to pinpoint exactly when it began to happen.

Equine Body Condition Scoring is a free app from the Apple App Store and Google Play.


Equine Body Conditioning Scoring

Equine Body Conditioning Scoring

Equine Body Conditioning Scoring
Horse News More In This Category:  Equine Technology      Horse News More From This Author:  Winniefield Park
 More News by Winniefield Park
Red Wine Stain Contends for Highest Jump on PonyBox
2nd Jun 2020   |   Equine Technology   |   Winniefield Park
There is a contender for the highest jump record. Red Wine Stain, a full Trakehner mareís career took off as a four year old and rocketed from 15,709 place to the 125th spot. At the age of 13 when this article was written, she sit ...
Stuff Horse Girls Dont Say
31st May 2020   |   Equine Technology   |   Winniefield Park
There are some things you just donít say to a horse person, like horseback riding isnít a sport because the horse does all the work. And, there are some things youíll never hear come out of a horse personís mouth. Hereís a look a ...
Where Did The Disneyland Horses Go During COVID
30th May 2020   |   Equine Technology   |   Winniefield Park
There are a lot of out of work horses right now! Even the horse cast members at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California are in lock down, no longer pulling carriages of tourists down Main Street, USA. But, they're doing just fine ...
Para-Olympian Dressage Rider Sanne Voets
29th May 2020   |   Equine Technology   |   Winniefield Park
Often riders who are riding a dressage freestyle will choose music to build their program around. But, not so with Para-Olympian dressage rider Sanne Voets. Voets won triple gold at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and freestyle go ...
Funny Cowboy Horse Challenge
26th May 2020   |   Equine Technology   |   Winniefield Park
Did you do the Tiktok Cowboy Horse Challenge? With only a few props and a long-haired friend you can too can look like a horseback rider galloping off into the...hallway? Take a look at this compilation for some cowboy inspiration ...
Horses Paying Window Visit To Seniors Facilities
25th May 2020   |   Equine Technology   |   Winniefield Park
There are so many bad news stories about seniorís homes right now itís refreshing to find good news stories. But, everywhere, there are people working hard to not only keep our most vulnerable citizens safe and healthy, but to pro ...
PonyBox Top Ranked Horses By Breed
23rd May 2020   |   Equine Technology   |   Winniefield Park
Weíve looked at popular Ponybox breeds before, but how are they ranked against each other. Hereís a tiny peek into the highest ranking individuals of each popular breed on PonyBox. ...
Miami Police Patrol
22nd May 2020   |   Equine Technology   |   Winniefield Park
The streets of Miami are a little quieter these days, just like many streets around the world. Patrolling the Miami streets are mounted police officers, and the absence of traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, makes for an unusu ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
 
©2002 - 2020   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
230 Members Online 265,793 Registered Members 2,718 News Articles 11,550,492 Unique News Article Views 274,806,840 Website Views