Pavo InShape Program - How your horse will lose weight in the long term

Your horse has weight problems and you want to do something about it ? With the Pavo InShape program, your horse will lose weight sustainably and maintain its ideal weight in the long term.

Even if nobody intentionally feeds their four-legged friend too much, obesity in horses poses a major health risk. The consequences of being overweight are, for example, diabetes, laminitis or EMS. To remedy this, the Pavo company has developed a program that helps your horse lose weight over the long term. Below we explain how to use the program.

How to determine if your horse is overweight

To get started with the Pavo InShape program, you first need to determine how overweight your horse is. You judge this with the help of body condition scoring: The ratio of fat tissue to fat-free mass is determined there. In particular, the areas of the neck, withers, back, croup, ribs and shoulders are considered. For each of these points you give your four-legged friend points on a scale between 0 and 9. But be honest when evaluating!


One way to independently determine the horse's weight is to measure the horse. To do this, you measure the chest circumference and the length of your four-legged friend and enter the results in the so-called Carroll and Huntington formula. 

Specifically, you have to do the following: 


1.     Stand your horse up straight - the weight must be distributed on all four legs and your four-legged friend must face forward. 

2.     Wrap your measuring tape around the animal's chest at a slight angle. The measuring tape is wrapped around your horse directly behind the withers.

3.     Put the tape measure on and read the number in centimeters to find the chest measurement. 

4.     Now comes the length of the horse: it runs from the point of the shoulder to the back of the ischium just below the tail.

5.     Now apply this formula:  [chest in cm x chest in cm x length in cm]:11.877 = current horse weight

If you want your horse to lose weight in the long term, it makes sense to measure it regularly. We recommend checking weekly whether your four-legged friend is on the right track. You should set yourself the goal of achieving a weight loss of between 0.5 and 1%.

To keep an overview, you should record all your measurements and your horse's body condition score in a weight loss diary. The free InShape program has a table ready for you in which you can enter all the results week by week.

You have to pay attention to this if your

horse is too fat

In order to reduce the weight of your four-legged friend, you have to consider a few things:


    §    Restrict grazing : Many horses eat very greedily, so that their grass quota is reached after a short time. Make sure that your horse's grazing time is significantly reduced and that you put a muzzle on it as an alternative.

     §  Avoid boredom : Try to divide up the roughage as much as possible. We recommend that you distribute up to six servings throughout the day so that your darling is kept as busy as possible. This also keeps the animal's digestive tract going.

    §  Hanging Salt Licks : Hang salt licks around your horse's area for him to help himself with as needed. 

    §  Don't wear a winter blanket : if you don't cover your four-legged friend, he uses more energy in winter to keep his body temperature constant. That burns a lot of fat.

    §  Pay attention to the bedding : Avoid lining your horse's box with straw, because it will help itself and thus consume significantly more calories than desired. 

Training overweight horses


Of course, not everything is done with a change of feed for your horse, you also have to set the fat burning in motion. Because as with us humans, the positive energy balance must be converted into a negative one. Exactly how you do this depends on your horse and the circumstances. 

First you should check how fit your horse is. A fitness test for your four-legged friend is ideal for this, with which you can create a training plan for the "weight loss" project in a next step.

Feeding Tips


To help your horse lose weight, you should also keep an eye on the roughage. The rule of thumb is: around 1.5 kg of dry matter for roughage per 100 kg of body weight. On this point, too, we recommend that you record everything in a feed workbook in order to keep track of how much feed your horse gets per week.

In addition, you must not forget that your horse must be supplied with sufficient protein. Because your four-legged friend moves more when losing weight, the muscles are also used more accordingly. Sufficient protein ensures that the muscles regenerate after work and the breakdown of muscle mass as a substitute energy source is prevented.

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