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Healthiest Equine Body Condition Awards

What is the WeighToWin Programme?

The Horse Trust, in tandem with the British Equine Veterinary Association, (BEVA), considers equine obesity to be one of the highest-ranking horse welfare risks today.  We are working with many vet and showing societies to come up with practical solutions to change human behaviour around equine obesity.

The Horse Trust created and piloted The Weigh To Win (#theweightowin) scheme in collaboration with The University of Liverpool back in 2019 in order to spread the word on how best to go about maintaining the healthiest weight.

People get very upset by seeing underweight horses, but in reality, far more horses are obese. This is very worrying for vets who are finding that they must frequently treat horses with serious, and avoidable, health conditions such as EMS and laminitis.

Perceptions of what is a healthy weight have become skewed towards the higher body condition scores and this trend has been identified particularly in the showing classes – more than any other equine discipline. We would like to reset this balance.

How it works

Within a showing class, there is a vet or a suitably qualified person (SQP) who will carry out body condition scoring (BCS) and will present the healthiest equine with a gorgeous rosette in recognition of their achievement.  Assessing is concurrent, but independent, of the normal judging of the class.

Our approach is non-confrontational, providing access to advice if required and encouragement for owners, riders and producers.  Consistently, our winners are delighted with their rosette and will share their success with The Horse Trust and on their own social media outlets.  Their ‘influence’ really helps to promote healthier body condition scores amongst all horse and pony owners.

Your next move…

Please email rachael@holdsworthpr.co.uk if you would like to know more about the Awards or perhaps suggest a Show that you would like to see the Awards being held at.

If you’ve won a rosette, please use the QR code on the back of it to tell us more about your horse or pony or just contact us!  Don’t forget that we love receiving your photos too!

Thank you.

Rosette Winners Gallery

Class 174 HW Hunter 144 Katie J-H with Goosey Gander. Lucy Edgington (c) Spidge Event Photography
Class 193 CHAPS Native Cob Trad Open Ridden 236 Aiden Oakman with Bree. Imogen Burrows (c) Spidge Event Photography
Class 172 LW Hunter 119 Olivia Edmondson with Double Mocha. Lily Edgington (c) Spidge Event Photography
Class 194 CHAPS Non-native Open Ridden 224 Darren Crowe with Jo. Imogen Burrows (c) Spidge Event Photography
(c)Equinational POW 1664 Class 180 Rose Cassapi on Blackertor Mustang Maria Rosa from Sussex Equine Hospital
(c)Equinational POW 2331 Class 181 Harry Heathcote on Uphill Freddie Fox. Jan Rogers from The Horse Trust
(c)Equinational MVL 3449 Class 176 Alice Spink on Emporers Jade & Dr Tamzin Furtado
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