Poll Recap: Equine Weight Management Challenges

Of the 576 respondents, 277 (48%) said their horses are easy keepers and gain weight easily.

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Is your horse too fat, too thin, or just right? Many factors ranging from breed or activity level to disease status or age can impact a horse’s weight and body condition, which can turn keeping your horse at an ideal weight into a difficult task.

In last week’s online poll, we asked our readers if managing their horses’ weight was a challenge. More than 550 people responded, and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 576 respondents, 277 (48%) said their horses are an easy keepers and gain weight easily, while 115 individuals (20%) indicated they have hard keepers that can easily become too thin. Some 153 respondents (27%) said their horses’ weights are just right, and the remaining 31 respondents (5%) have other equine weight challenges.

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Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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