How to check if a horse is too fat or too thin - A Redwings film
Young Layne and a Redwings Vet demonstrate how to check for weight gain and loss each time you’re with your horse
Young Layne won an award for his pony being in great condition at Appleby Horse Fair in 2017. He agreed to help Redwings Vet demonstrate how to use this simple ‘hands-on’ approach to checking for weight gain and loss each time you’re with your horse.
A horse that is too fat or too thin is often a sign that they are unwell, or more likely to have health problems and injury. Almost a third of horses in the UK are estimated to be too fat whilst very underweight horses are much rarer they also cause people to worry.
A study with Traveller Horse Owners found Travellers regarded this method a useful tool and we hope this film introduces the approach and helps owners monitor their horse.
Call Redwings on 01508 481008 for a free BCS chart to be sent to you. If you’re worried about a horse because it is not gaining or losing weight speak to a vet or for further advice contact Redwings.
Redwing Horse Sanctuary/Travellers’ Times