Nutrition makes up the building blocks of the body. The body is constantly rebuilding itself and regenerating cells. The raw materials used for this regeneration are provided through what your horse eats, drinks and breathes. Here’s a few simple questions that will give you a good idea as to whether your horse is getting the basics.
1. Is your horse overweight or underweight?
2. Do you have small cracks in the hoof walls?
3. Do you have a slow hoof horn growth rate or weak hoof horn?
4. Is the coat dull?
5. Pinch the skin on the neck. Does it take more than a second to spring back into shape?
For each 'YES' answer score 2 points.
If your score is 0:
YAY!!! Looks like there's no major problems to worry about.
If your score is 1-3:
Things are fairly good, there's no need to panic but there's room for a little improvement.
If your score is 4-6:
There's a few problems in this area. Something is out of balance and the whole system is beginning to show the strain. Doing a few of the other health checks may help you identify other areas that are feeling the pressure. If your score surprised you, it may be worth seeking further help and advice.
If your score is 7-10:
There are significant problems in this area. I strongly recommend you take action. Getting help from a professional with a proven track record may be necessary to get things back on track simply and quickly. It's likely that other systems are struggling under the strain as well so I'd recommend you do some of the other health checks too.