Guess the Weight of These HorsesBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 25, 2016
Knowing your horse’s weight is important, not only from a nutritional standpoint, but also from a health and welfare perspective. Dewormers and other common medications are often dispensed based on body weight. While an electronic scale provides the most accurate weight, weigh tapes are also useful tools.
Fine-tune your weight-guessing skills by determining how much each of these Appaloosas weighs. A short description of each horse is included. You’ll find the answers at the end of the article.
1. This is a four-year-old, 15.3-hand gelding with a body condition score of 5.
2. This is an 11-year-old, 15.1-hand gelding with a body condition score of 5.
3. This is an eight-year-old, 15.1-hand gelding with a body condition score of 5.5.
4. This is an 18-year-old, 15.2-hand mare with a body condition score of 7.
Do you have your guesses written down? Scroll past the following picture for the answers!
Horse 1: 1,175 lb (534 kg)
Horse 2: 1,155 lb (525 kg)
Horse 3: 1,245 lb (566 kg)
Horse 4: 1,250 lb (568 kg)
How’d you do? All four of these horses are within 100 lb (45 kg) of each other, so that was a hard test. Check back on Equinews for another guess-the-weight feature!