Henneke Body Condition Score
How fit is your horse?
Developed by Don Henneke, Ph.D., this scoring system assesses a horse’s body condition regardless of its breed, body type, size, gender or age.
Law enforcement and criminal courts use the chart to assist in animal abuse and cruelty cases.
Horses carry fat in six areas—the neck, withers, shoulder, ribs, loin, and tailhead. Applying firm pressure to each area, you can determine how much (if any) fat is present. Imagine you’re kneading clay or bread dough. That’s the type of pressure required to assign an accurate score.