Which is better Bsc or BCS

Too Fat or Too Thin? - The Body Condition Score (BCS) gives the answer

Some horses are naturally a little rounder - or is it just bacon? With the BCS you can assess the current condition of your horse, because: Too fat is at least as little fun for the horse as it is to be too thin.

The average 600 kilo warm-blooded animal that is ridden for an hour a day needs around six kilos of hay and two kilos of oats, an eye times pi. Depending on what type of horse the horse is and how much exercise it has. It is better to calculate the amount of feed individually - but for this the actual condition of the horse must first be determined as a basis for calculation.

The BCS is divided into nine levels, with a BSC of 1 for extremely thin and a BCS of 9 for very fat. A healthy leisure horse should not have a BCS of 6, competition horses are optimally productive with a BCS of 4 to 5.
In order to determine the BCS, it is necessary to take a close look at six zones on the horse (of course only professionals can do this perfectly, but laypeople can also orient themselves to some extent!):

  • What does the horse's neck look like? Is he well muscled, even if he is thin? How thick is the comb fat (can you also see it nicely when the horse tilts its head)? This comb fat is a very special index because - perhaps comparable to a beer belly in humans - it is of concern for the health of the horse.
  • Next assessment point: the shoulder. Here, too, you can easily distinguish between muscles and fatty tissue. In the case of thin horses, the nutritional status is assessed according to the muscling, in the case of thick horses according to the amount of fat under the skin.
  • Point three, the back: Are the vertebral attachments protruding? Incidentally, it can also be a clue that the saddle is too fat or too thin if the saddle is constantly slipping.
  • Fourth, the chest wall: if they are easy to spot, the horse has almost nothing on its ribs. However, if the ribs cannot be felt even when pressed, the animal is obese. Tip: The more fat there is on the horse, the larger the pit that the finger pressure has left on the horse.
  • In concrete terms, this means: With BCS 6, horses have e.g. B. a round, heart-shaped dome, the ribs can be felt under strong pressure and the skin can be moved easily. With a BCS of 7, there are fat deposits between ribs 14 and 18.
  • Fifth, the hip: does the horse have a starvation pit or a very big butt? (The professionals also use certain bone structures in combination with muscles and fat deposits, but that would be too complicated).
  • Sixth, the base of the tail is also assessed, more specifically the tissue around the first four caudal vertebrae, which merge from the tip to the tail: fat or not fat, that is the question? However, if a flabby fat pad has already formed above the tail, the diagnosis is unnecessary ...