22 April 2008 10:13
I have had my 14.1h medium weight cob for 4 years now and have been trying to get his weight down all this time! He is currently 414Kg by weigh tape and was wondering if this is roughly what he should be or should we try and get a bit more off?
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Nutritionist Lizzie Drury replies:
I think that you’re close to his ideal weight. I’d expect the bodyweight of a medium weight cob, of between 14 and 14.3hh, to be 380 to 420kg.
One of the best ways to determine if your horse is the correct weight is to use the body condition scoring system. Body condition scoring is a method of assessing body fat coverage. If your horse is eating too much energy, he may become overweight, and if it eats too little energy, he may become too thin.Body fat tends to be laid down in specific areas, which are examined during the condition scoring process. There are several systems and recently researchers have adjusted original systems to make them more suitable for specific breeds.
If body condition scoring is done by the same person on a fortnightly basis, it can become an accurate method of energy assessment.