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Henneke horse body condition scoring system

The Henneke horse body condition scoring system is a scoring system developed by Don Henneke while at Texas University. It is a standardised system for assessing the body condition of horses without needing specialist equipment. The scale ranges from one (extremely poor) to nine (obese).[1] The scoring chart has a description for each score for 6 major parts of the body - neck, withers, shoulder, ribs, loins and tailhead. The average of all of those parts will give a final body conditioning score.[2]


  1. Geor, Raymond J.; Patricia Harris (2008). "Dietary Management of the Obese Horse". in N. Edward Robinson, Kim A. Sprayberry. Current Therapy in Equine Medicine. Elsevier Health Sciences. pp. 59–65. ISBN 9781416054757. 
  2. "Relationship between condition score, physical measurements and body fat percentage in mares". Equine Vet: 371–2. 1983 Oct. 


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