Body weight, weight development and weight gain (v3)
1) When creating new young horses, the following applies:
The start window shows the theoretical weight calculated for the age you entered in the fields for date of birth.
This weight will be saved as theoretical weight (not crossed).
However, if you change the weight in the field, it will be saved as observed (checked).
2) When you create other adult horses, this applies to:
Whether you change your body weight or not, it will be saved as observed (checked)
3) When the horse is established, this continues to apply:
Enter the horse's chest size and enter the hold. The program suggests the horse's expected weight.
When you accept the weight is saved on the current date.
You can add previous weights and sort the table into date order afterwards.
NOTE! Do not forget to tick the observed weights. Otherwise, it will be replaced by a new theoretical value the next time you open it
If you write the horse's chest girth, the body weight is calculated automatically.
NOTE. Do not forget to tick the observed weight.
The weight gain is a simple little tool that helps you convert an approximate weight guess to a breast measures proposal.
When you enter the proposed chest size in the box, the value is converted to a relevant value (i.e the current horse's status race, age, condition, etc.) - and inserted in the weight table.
The overview shows both the most recently observed weight and the currently expected (theoretical) weight.
For young horses, the weight curve (red circles) is presented next to the expected normal weight curve (orange triangle) so that you can clearly follow and compensate the feeding of your young horse during its important growth period.
Correction of body weight
Use the «body weight control» to change the horse’s requirement for energy when you consider the horse to be too thin (it needs more energy) or too well fed and heavy (needs less energy). With time you will bring body weight and body condition towards your target through changing the maintenance energy requirement. The «body weight control» does not influence any of the other nutrients.
Please note that if you use the weight control function on for instance exercised or pregnant horses, the weight correction factor you define will only change the calculated energy maintenance requirement. The energy requirements for exercise or pregnancy will not be affected. The energy requirement shown by PC-Horse is therefore, as always, the sum of the individual requirements for maintenance and the horse’s activity.