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20 June 2022

Top Showing Producer Wins Award for Healthy Body Condition in Show Horses



Top Showing Producer Katie Jerram-Hunnable from Great Dunmow, Essex, was recently awarded the coveted Healthiest Body Condition for her horse ‘The Imperial Choice' at Herts County Show.  The 10 year old gelding, aka Gus, was competing in the middle-weight hunter class and went on to finish 2ndoverall.  Gus followed up this achievement at the South of England Show, Ardingly, where he  went on to be Champion.  He'll be competing again at Hickstead this month.

The British Equine Veterinary Association considers equine obesity to be one of the highest-ranking equine health risks today.  The Horse Trust, in association with Liverpool University, are supporting the Healthiest Body Condition Awards in show horses at shows throughout the country.  These coveted awards recognize and reward horses in the best condition as well as providing support and advice.  The Royal Veterinary College supported the event at Herts County Show by carrying out the body condition scoring, helping to make this a ‘Weight-Aware' event.

Katie, a successful show horse producer, attributes Gus's excellent condition to a tried and tested regime of daily exercise and correct feeding, plus turnout and grazing.  Katie monitors the grass available and accordingly adjusts all the horses' feeds in line with the quality of forage that grows throughout the year.  She also implements a good de-worming programme, but the overriding contributor to her horses' wellbeing is her drive to build muscle-tone, rather than just putting on weight.  "We can't feed to get fit but we can make sure the horse gets the correct nutrition and exercise", she says.


"The Programme is a very good thing and really goes towards helping people to be aware of healthy body condition and its importance", says Katie, who was delighted to receive the award.


Jan Rogers at The Horse Trust says, "Far more horses are obese than are underweight, which is worrying for vetswho are treating these horses with serious health diseases like Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Laminitis. Perceptions of what is a healthy weight have shifted towards the higher body condition scores. We would like to help to reset this balance".

Behaviourchange scientist Dr Tamzin Furtado from Liverpool University developed the programme to reward healthy body condition in show horses in conjunction  with The Horse Trust.  The project is part of a national scheme to raise awareness of what a healthy equine body condition looks like and reward those who have achieved it. The initiative involves vets who attend shows up and down the country throughout the showing season, assessing horses in selected classes. Targeting both affiliated and unaffiliated shows, the scheme provides friendly, supportive guidance to help owners and producers recognize the benefits of maintaining a healthy body condition.


The Horse Trust is ramping up their 2022 Healthy Body Condition Awards for Show Horses with more shows than ever signing up for the programme to become ‘Weight-Aware'. 

The Horse Trust delights in sharing the success stories in their quest to see more healthy-weight horses.


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