Sunday, March 30, 2014
Body scoring - there's an app for that!
Finally, a decent day for pictures and no blankets! (That is a blanket rub on her shoulder.) I wasn't sure if Essa would look any better after 10 days but I think she does. Her ribs are less visible than in the first picture, her hindquarters are starting to fill in a bit, and the vertebrae at her tailhead are disappearing.
She pretty much gets hay whenever she runs out now, just 3 or 4 flakes at a time so I can keep track. I'm not really worried about the refeeding syndrome anymore.
I found this Android app for Henneke body scoring. It lets you rate each area on a sliding scale and calculates the final score. It includes descriptions and diagrams for each number. Very handy!
Horse Body Condition Scoring
There's also one for "weighing" based on body measurements - it has to be better than the weight tape...
Estimate Horse Weight
On Thursday I'll start her on grain and beet pulp, which I'm sure will be a big hit.