• Horse Care:

  • Henekke Scoring Report

    Condition  Neck Withers  Loin  Tailhead  Ribs  Shoulder 
    1 Poor Bone structure easily noticeable
    Bone structure easily noticeable
    Animal extremely emaciated; no fatty tissue
    Spinous processes project prominently
    Tailhead (pinbones) and hook bones projecting prominently
    Ribs projecting prominently  Bone structure easily noticeable
    2 Very Thin Faintly discernible
    Faintly discernible
    Slight fat covering overbase of spinous processes. Transverse processes of lumbar vertebrae feel rounded. Spinous processes are prominent.
    Tailhead prominent   Ribs prominent Faintly discernible 
    3 Thin
    Neck accentuated
    Withers accentuated 
    Fat buildup halfway on spinous processes but easily discernible. Transverse processes cannot be felt. 
    Tailhead prominent but individual vertebrae cannot be visually identified. Hook bones appear rounded, but are still easily discernible. Pin bones not distinguishable. 
    Slight fat cover over ribs. Ribs easily discernible. 
    Shoulder accentuated. 
    4
    Moderately
    Thin
    Neck not obviously thin
    Withers not obviously thin 
    Negative crease along back 
    Prominence depends on conformation; fat can be felt. Hook bones not discernible 
    Faint outline discernible 
    Shoulder not obviously thin 
    5
    Moderate
    Neck blends smoothly into body 
    Withers rounded over spinous processes 
    Back level
    Fat around tailhead beginning to feel spongy 
    Ribs cannot be visually distinguished but can be easily felt 
    Shoulder blends smoothly into body 
    6
    Moderately
    Fleshy 
    Fat beginning to be deposited 
    Fat beginning to be deposited 
    May have slight positive crease down back   Fat around tailhead feels soft 
    Fat over ribs feels spongy 
    Fat beginning to be deposited 
    7
    Fleshy 
    Fat deposited along neck 
    Fat deposited along withers 
    May have positive crease down back 
    Fat around tailhead is soft 
    Individual ribs can be felt, but noticeable filling between ribs with fat 
    Fat deposited behind shoulder 
    8
    Fat 
    Noticeable thickening of neck 
    Area along withers filled with fat 
    Positive crease down back 
    Tailhead fat very soft
    Difficult to feel ribs 
    Area behind shoulder filled in flush with body 
    9
    Extremely
    Fat

    Bulging fat

    Fat along inner buttocks may rub together. Flank filled in flush 

    Bulging fat 
    Obvious positive crease down back 
    Building fat around tailhead 
    Patchy fat appearing over ribs 
    Bulging fat