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Is my horse overweight?

Dengie Horse Feeds has discovered that many owners are unable to identify whether their horse is overweight.

The online poll on their website revealed that...

  • 81% knew how to tell whether their horse is overweight.
  • 10% didn't know how to tell.
  • 9% weren't sure.

This shows that nearly 20% of horse owners might not be able to tell if their horse is carrying too much weight.

Dengie has also carried out yard clinics, and their findings have showed that...

  • More than 20% of owners didn't realise their horse was overweight.
  • Perception of normal weight has changed and what's considered normal is now larger than it was 20 or 30 years ago.
  • Bigger is often regarded as better in the show ring and dressage arena.
  • Fat on topline is sometimes mistaken for muscle tone.

Dengie offers a free yard clinic service to help owners ensure their horses are healthy and not fat, and the nutrition team will bring along a weighbridge and offer advice on how to condition score. If you'd like to arrange a clinic for a minimum of 10 horses, call 0845 345 5115.

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