Starvation and Weight Loss

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Husbandry topics are items that help the horse owner manage the horses in their care. There are a lot more topics to add, but these will get you started with the basics.
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There are 3 reasons for a horse to be underweight:

  1. the food isn’t available,
  2. the food is available but can’t be swallowed and
  3. the food is available, swallowed but isn’t absorbed.

Let’s look at each.

BCS 1 – Poor – Extremely emaciated with no fatty tissue anywhere. All the bones of the skeleton are visible. There is a large space between the inner thighs. This horse had just been rescued but is too far gone to recover.


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Discussion:

There are 3 reasons for a horse to be underweight:

  1. the food isn’t available,
  2. the food is available but can’t be swallowed and
  3. the food is available, swallowed but isn’t absorbed.

Let’s look at each.
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