Body Condition Scoring is one of the most important skills for all horse owners. It is invaluable for monitoring the health and wellbeing of your horses.


Although the way we score body condition is the same for all horses, certain breed traits should always be considered when deciding on the scores.

Heavy horse breeds have naturally crested necks, ‘apple bottoms’ and well-sprung ribs that can deceive the ye and lead you to score your horse higher than you should.

This original chart, with text by Geraldine Chapman and illustrations by Cristina Wilkins, is based on the 5-point Carroll & Huntington scale (1988), and was approved by Peter Huntington before publishing.

Learn more about Body Condition Scoring in this article.

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