|1. Body weight||2|
|2. Body condition – visual assessment||2|
|4. Body proportions||2|
|5. Pulse or bloodflow||2|
All these procedures should be able to be carried out with the horse held or tied up with a headstall and lead rope. The use of a crush or nose twitch should not be necessary. Choose a horse that is accustomed to these procedures and has a quiet disposition. Measurement can be made before and after exercise.
In order to weigh horses they will need to be walked onto horse scales by a handler. Some vet clinics have scales combined with a horse crush to easily weigh horses. Routine weighing is generally done to:
- Monitor growth rates
- Calculate medication dosage
- Accurately assess nutrition requirements
- Provide data for analysis and planning.