Nutritional Considerations When Dealing with an Obese Adult Equine

Megan Shepherd, Patricia Harris, Krishona L. Martinson

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Equine obesity is common, reducing quality of life and requiring dietary energy restriction. Equine obesity is identified using subjective body condition scoring. Considerations are given for life stage and health status when managing obese equines. Every effort should be made to maximize feeding duration, and minimize time spent without feed while meeting all essential nutrient requirements. Limiting total daily dry matter intake to 2% of current bodyweight per day of a low caloric, forage-based diet may result in adequate body weight loss. Weight loss and weight management plans should be monitored for success and potential gastrointestinal, metabolic, and/or behavioral complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-137
Number of pages27
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Equine Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Body condition score (BCS)
  • Ideal body weight
  • Metabolic
  • Morphometrics
  • Ration
  • Weight loss resistance
  • Diet/veterinary
  • Diet, Reducing/veterinary
  • Obesity/diet therapy
  • Animals
  • Horse Diseases/diet therapy
  • Horses
  • Female

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Review
  • Journal Article


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