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EquiLife Weightape. Estimates the weight of your horse or pony.
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EquiLife Weightape.

 

Your WeighTape allows you to estimate the weight of your horse or pony either by 1. using a simple length measurement or 2. By using a formula to calculate your horse's weight.

1. Use the Horse side of the tape for those animals 14.2 hands high or taller or the Pony side of the tape for those shorter than 14.2 hands.

Position the WeighTape around your horse as in the picture. The WeighTape should lie obliquely from just behind his elbows to over the lowest point of his withers. Lightly tighten the WeighTape around the horse and read the weight from where the green, free end of the WeighTape finishes.

 

2. To use the formula:
Place the WeighTape around the horse's girth and note the length in centimeters.

Then measure the length from the point of shoulder to the point of the buttock (tuber ischii) keeping the WeighTape against the contour of the horse's side.

 

The horse's weight is calculated using the following formula:

Regular use of the WeighTape will help you keep your horse or pony at the correct weight and alert you if his weight begins to creep up. Remember to keep your animal at low risk from laminitis he should be at Conditon Score 2½ to 3.

This means that you cannot see the ribs but should be able to feel them easily when you run your hand along his side. There should be no fat depots along the crest, loins, tailhead or around the udder or sheath. Such depots are an early sign that your animal is developing insulin resistance and becoming at high risk of developing laminitis.

 

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Scientific studies in the early 1980s established that individual horses compete at their best when they are at their own optimum bodyweight.
As a result, most professional trainers now have weighbridges on their yards, and only compete horses when they are at their optimum performance bodyweight.

Riders cannot usually access weighbridges and have to rely on other methods of weighing their horses.
Not knowing the bodyweight of a performance horse can be vital, as the effects of dehydration can be a matter of life and death.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BODYWEIGHT.
Initial research carried out on 600 horses and ponies by Julie Ellis, a senior equine lecturer at Warwickshire College, showed that visual assessment of bodyweight under-estimated the horse’s weight by between 10% and 20%.
This is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to formulating diets, as most of us are inclined to overfeed, but it is highly significant when it comes to working out how much electrolytes, wormer, anaesthetic or drugs our horses require.

Condition scoring is also important in assessing your horse.
Look at your horse from the side and behind, then run your fingers over the horse#s body so you can feel how much fat he is carrying.
Remember, horses store fat on their necks, over their shoulders, backbone, ribs and rumps, not their underbellies.


WEIGHT & CONDITION:
Firstly you must assess your horse's weight and condition and decide whether it is suitable for the breed, type and height.
Below is a table of the average bodyweights.
This is only a guide butgives you a good idea of what your horse#s weight should be.


USE:
Pass the tape over the lowest point of the withers.
It needs to be as close to the front leg (immediately behind the elbow) as possible.
(You should have a diagonal angle).
Pull the tape tight so it cannot ’slip’, but not so tight that it ’dents’ the horse’s flash.

WEIGHTAPE 

 

Height Breed/Type Average Weight (kg) Weight Range (kg.)
9-9.3hh 
(91-95cm) 
Shetland 220 200-240
10-10.3hh
(100-105cm)
Shetland 260 240-280
11-11.3hh
(111-115cm)
Dartmoor
Welsh A
310
240
300-320
200-270
12-12.3hh
(121-125cm)
Exmoor
New FOrest
Welsh B
340
300
280
320-370
n/a
230-310
13-13.3hh
(132-134cm)
Connemara
Dales
Dartmoor
Highland
New Forest
Wels C
380
450
350
490
360
300
370-390
n/a
n/a
n/a
320-370
290-380
14-14.3hh
(142-145cm)
Arab
Dales
Haflinger
TB
Welsh
430
510
470
370
460
420-450
450-550
n/a
360-380
360-550
15-15.1hh
(152-153cm)
Arab
TB
Welsh Cob
460
450
535
450-470
400-500
510-550
15.2-15.3hh
(154-155cm)
Arab
Connemara
ID
TB
460
500
480
500
450-470
n/a
460-500
480-550
16.0-16.1hh
(162-163cm)
TB 525 470-550
16.2-16.3hh
(164-165cm)
TB
Warmblood
540
620
490-590
600-650
17.2-17.3hh
(174-175cm)
Shire
Warmblood
840
650
750-900
640-660
17.2-17.3hh
(174-175cm)
Shire 900 850-950

 


Feed intake needs to be adjusted if weight gain or weight loss is required.

Now you know your horse's weight, there a few other points toconsider before you choose what and how much to feed.
People often misconceive what level of work their horse is in, belowis a table breaking down workload to give you a better idea of whatlevel your horse is currently at.

 

Maintenance/
Very light work
At grass or rest/ ridden once or twice a week
Light Hacking up to four to six times a week, including canter work and occasional show jumping
Medium Affiliated jumping, dressage schooling six days a week
Hard work Racehorse/ advanced eventer/ endurance riding- over 70 miles.


Calculating quantity.
With your horse's current body weight and condition you can now calculate the amount you should be feeding.
Typically all horses require an average of 2 # 2.5% of their bodyweight in feed.
To work out the percentage you simply need to follow the formula below;

 

550kg horse that maintains weight easily


550 x 2 = 11kg of forage & concentrate 
   100

300kg pony that is underweight or struggles to maintain condition


300 x 2.5 = 7.5kg of forage & concentrate 
    100


Once you have the total amount of feed per day this needs to be split into forage and concentrate.

 

  Concentrate % Forage %
Maintenance / very light work 5 95
Light Work 15 85
Light to Medium 20 80
Medium 25 75
Hard Work 50 50


Hope this all will help you to get your horse in tip-top weight !

 

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