Experience has shown that owners are not always very accurate in estimating the weight of their animals.
Equi Life Weigh Tape allows you to estimate the weight of your horse or pony either by using a simple length
measurement, or by using a formula to calculate your horse's weight. Regular use of a Wigh Tape will also
make it easier for you to not only keep your horse at 'Condition Score 3' (see the link below), but you will have
the peace of mind that you are providing the correct dose of any medicines your horse needs (Underdosing
with wormers will increase the risk of worm resistance and could lead to the wormer becoming ineffective).
Equi Life Weigh Tape is an important and useful addition to any horse owners kit.
How To Use The Tape
Use the 'Horse' side of the tape for those animals 14.2 hands high or taller or
the 'Pony' side of the tape for those shorter than 14.2 hands. Position the
Weigh Tape around your horse (as in the picture). The Weigh Tape should lie
obliquely from just behind his elbows to over the lowest point of his withers. Lightly tighten the Weigh Tape around the horse and read the weight from where
the green, free end of the Weigh Tape finishes.
How To Use The Formula
Place the Weigh Tape around the horse's girth and note the length in cm. Then
measure the length from the point of shoulder to the point of the buttock
keeping the Weigh Tape against the contour of the horse's side.
The Horses Weight is Then Calculated Using the Following Formula:
Regular use of the Weigh Tape will help you keep your horse or pony at the
correct weigh and alert you if
his weight begins to creep up. *Remember to keep your horse at low risk
from Laminitis he should be at
Condition Score 2½ to 3. This means that you cannot see the ribs
but should be able to feel them easily when you run your hand along his
side. There should be no fat depots along the crest, loins, tail head or
around the udder or sheath. Such depots are
an early sign that your animal is developing insulin resistance and
becoming at high risk of developing laminitis.