BCS: What Body Condition Scores Mean

The Henneke Body Condition Score system provides an accurate, objective measure of the body fat a horse has accumulated. The 9-point scale is relied on by veterinarians, researchers and horse owners to describe the body condition of a horse in a consisten


The Henneke Body Condition Score system provides an accurate, objective measure of the body fat a horse has accumulated. The nine-point scale is relied on by veterinarians, researchers and horse owners to describe the body condition of a horse in a consistent and universal manner. In this EQUUS article from 2006, Don Henneke, PhD, explains how and why he developed the system and how it can most effectively be utilized.

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BCS: What Body Condition Scores Mean