23 May 2014
Posted in Articles
Fat horses are at greater risk for exercise intolerance, founder, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, the formation of colic-causing lipomas (fat tumors in the abdomen), joint and bone problems, reduced reproduction efficiency and increased stress on their heart and lungs.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 51 percent of the horses had a body condition score (BCS) of greater than 6, which would be considered fat. Nineteen percent of that 50 percent had a BCS of 8-9, which would be considered obese. Ideally, we would like to see our horses with a BCS of somewhere between 4 and 6.