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Overweight Horses?

Half our horses could be obese — and many owners are blind to the problem. So found a recent study by University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.
Questionnaires were sent to 500 leisure horse owners registered with Oakham Veterinary Hospital in Leicestershire, of whom 160 responded.

The owners were asked to body score their horses and one in five said they thought their horses were overweight or obese.

But when 15 of these horses were physically assessed for condition by researchers, it was found several owners had significantly underestimated their horse's weight, suggesting the number of overweight or obese horses could be as great as 54%.

Dr Sarah Freeman supervised the research and said: "This provides a snapshot of the prevalence of obesity in horses in the UK.

"Eight of the owners had scored their horse at least a grade lower than the researcher did, indicating that many underestimate their horse's weight."