Body condition score evaluation in horses using ultrasonography
Keywords:body score, equine, ultrasound
AbstractAiming to study the relationship of body condition score (BCS) with thickness measurements of fat and muscle in three distinct breeds, 31 animals were distributed according to race: 14 Thoroughbred (PSI) with a mean age of 3.5 years and mean weight of 462.70 kg, 7 Quarter Horse (QM) with mean age 2.5 years and mean weight of 510.40 kg, and 10 purebred Arabian (PSA) with a mean age of 3.5 years and mean weight of 357.50 kg. The animals were evaluated by ultrasound in three regions parallel to the spine, where they were measured for thickness of backfat, thickness of gluteus muscle and fat thickness at the base of the tail. The ultrasound measurements were performed every 30 days (D0, D30 and D60) for 60 days. The results showed different responses between races, although there was a higher correlation score with body fat thickness at the base of the tail. The ultrasound evaluation showed to be a reliable tool for assessment of BCS in sport horse breeds.
How to Cite
The journal content is authorized under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license (summary of the license: https://