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Body Condition Scoring? There’s an App for That!

August 17, 2019


We would like to welcome everyone to the My
Horse University and eXtension Horse Quest live webcast on Body Condition Scoring? There’s
an App for That! The presenters for this evening are Kathy Anderson and Colleen Brady. Kathy
is the extension horse specialist at the University of Nebraska. She oversees the youth and adult
extension horse program and teaches undergrad courses in the Animal Science. Dr. Anderson
currently teaches courses in horse management, equine reproduction, and equine nutrition.
Additionally, she is coach of the University of Nebraska horse judging team. We also have
Colleen Brady from Purdue University. She is the horse extension specialist and the
focus of her work is on engagement towards youth and adults working with horses. Dr.
Brady’s research interest is in the implementation of distance learning technologies in informal
education with a focus on stem learning and the context of equine in animal science. Please
note that you are able to ask questions during the presentation via the chat on the left
side of your screen and there will also be time at the end of the presentation for additional
questions. The webcast this evening is also being recorded and we will make that available
on the My Horse University and eXtension websites. So, at this time, I’m going to turn it over
to Kathy and Colleen. Good evening, this is Kathy Anderson and you’re going to get a little
bit of a tag team approach in this webcast between Colleen and I. I’ll do the first part
and then Colleen’s going to talk a little bit more about some things with our Body Condition
Score app that we have that we want to show you tonight. So, I think as we start off today
I think Gwyn had a poll that we were going to put up just to find out — get a little
bit of a feel for some of those of you that are on the webcast tonight — and it’s going
to be — if you would respond to this to see how many of you actually condition score your
horses. Okay, so we’ve got about 13 of you guys that have responded and this is really
great because it looks like the majority of you guys do — somewhere about 70% or so of
you guys have body condition scored your horses — so that’s really neat and we’re very glad
to see that. So a little bit maybe the first part of this presentation might be somewhat
redundant to some of you because initially what I do want to do is take just a few minutes
and go through the condition score system — if you’re already doing it, it might be
a good review for some of you — just kind of get everybody on the same page. And so,
as what we know is that when you do — are going to condition score — the whole system
really is basically going to be an indicator of how fat or thin your horse might be and
it’s really a reflection of the balance between their energy intake and what their energy
requirements are. It really does give you a really good opportunity to pretty much objectively
discuss what kind of shape your horses are in — if they’re fat, if they’re thin, if
they’re a little bit too heavy or a little bit too thin. We also know that there are
a variety of uses for the condition score system. Some areas — many of you folks I
would assume are going to use yours on your own personal horses, you might use it if you’re
working in a boarding farm or a breeding stable or different kinds of places where you have
different horses coming in — or you’re just going to do a good job of monitoring your
own horses. However, you think about some other folks that can use it. It is used extensively
in our court systems and the humane societies really to look to see and quantify what kind
of condition those horses are. When they go out on cases to look at horses that maybe
are neglected or abused, they’re going to look around at the other horses in the pen
or location and look around at the different kinds of conditions that they might be in
and really get a feel for that to see if these horses really are being neglected or are being
abused. The nice thing for those groups is it is on a numerical system so it does provide
just a number to say “Yes this horse is a particular condition score” making it a particular
spot where he’s too thin or too heavy — basically if he’s too thin and really has been used
to admissible in court for those types of things. So, it does a really good job of quantifying
what the condition of the horses and those animals are. So on our system, as many of
you obviously probably are familiar, we are really looking at it on a scale of 1-9 with
1 being an extremely thin horse to 9 being the excessively fat horse. I’ve got a picture
of an Arabian on here and it really can be used across species, across the breeds of
horses, and if you get involved with other species similar systems are used in cattle
and other types of animals. In our horses, again, we go on a scale of 1-9 and really
we look to see the ideal horse somewhere in a condition score between 5 and 7. And were
you want your horse to stay is going to be a little bit of what production state they
might be in, what you might be doing with those horses, kind of the season of the year
and some of those types of things. Now, it’s important to understand that the method that
you use — the correct method is really that it’s both a visual assessment and also a
hands-on assessment. We need to look at those horses and see what we see, but to do the
best job –especially in times like this when some are going to have a heavy winter coat
— that we do go and run our hands over them. So, here’s a couple of illustrations that
you can use to remember the different areas that we’re going to condition score these
horses at. So if you look up here on the body parts from the side, we’re going to actually
look and/or feel down along the crest of the horse’s neck — down through here — up here
over that horse’s withers — so in this area — we also need to feel and look here over
that horse’s ribs, we’ll see how much fat cover they have or don’t have here behind
their shoulders. In addition, we’re going to look down here on the horse’s flank — then
we’ll look at their tail head — see what kind of crease they might have down their
back through this area — and from behind to also see what kind of fat they might have
on their inner buttocks. Now here’s another schematic that you can use looking at horses
almost from behind. And again, this is set on our scale from the 1s that are very thin
on up to the 9s that are very fat. And from behind, they should not look like a dairy
cow. So from behind the 1s and 3s are going to be very easily to see through their hips
bones and down through their backbones. Also, from the point of their pelvis you’re going
to have a very deep cavity as you look in through this area here. As we move into our
more ideal condition scores of the 5s, the 6s, the 7s, you will see those dynamics change
where they’re going to be more filled out over their hip and filled in more through
that body cavity as they’re getting a little bit heavier then, — up into our 8s and our
9s which are going to be up on the heavy side, you will also see some horses develop a little
bit of a gutter or pouch down through here and especially in your very heavy horses — also
their going to be more rounded as you look at them from behind and very full in there
through their flank area. So here what we have is a short video that I’m going to let
Gwyn play that we did that will go through and just show you how you can go through a
horse and run your hands over them to do a good job of assessing their condition score.
So Gwyn, we’ll go ahead and play this video for you. Video speaking –When we condition score
horses, we’re really looking to see how much fat cover they have over their body. We need
to do this in two ways — we need to do a visual estimate of the horse or a visual appraisal
of the horse that we look at all the various areas. In addition, to do the best job, we
need to run our hands over these horses. In the summer time it’s probably not as critical
as it is in the winter time, but here in Nebraska or northern regions where our horses get a
heavy hair coat, it can really disguise what the actual thinness or fatness of those horses.
So when we look to condition score, we are going to actually look down at their shoulder
— we want to feel and see how much fat they have through here or behind their shoulder.
We’re also going to go up here around their withers and see how much fat there is here.
You really need to go over and feel over their ribs in this area right here — we’ll look
to see if there’s any kind of crease down their backbone. We’ll also come and look at
the amount of fat is here in their flank region. And then behind we also want to see if there
is any kind of fat that’s depositing around the tailhead and also down here between their
buttock. And from behind we can also look along their topline to see if they’re developing
any kind of crease down their back which means the horse has gotten quite a bit heavy — quite
fat. Alright, thank you Gwyn. I think that just gives you a little bit of a more visual
of how you might walk through and feel over those horses and look at them and test them
at all those different body parts and all those different areas. Now, I’m not going
to go through all nine condition scores but I’d kind of like to take the very thin horse,
the medium horse, and the heavy horse. So I don’t think anyone would argue that both
of these horses are not very acceptable. And so our condition score 1s you can really just
think that they’re very poor, very emaciated, pretty much they look like a little bit of
a walking skeleton. The shoulders and neck are easily noticeable — you can see on both
of these horses, it’s pretty easy to see kind of the outline of their skeleton. There’s
really — if you feel over them there’s no fatty tissue to be felt at all on any of those
horses that are down as far as a condition score of 1. I always say just kind of a phrase
I use — pretty much a “bag of bones” look — and it’s not nice and unfortunately we
do run into some horses that are in this kind of condition and it’s unfortunate when we
see that. Alright, a little bit better — kind of skipping a few of them but getting into
the middle range — are condition scores of 5 which are basically going to be a fleshy
horse, they’re going to have a little bit of a crease down their back as you can see
from this horse here, a little bit of a crease down his back but really not excessively.
If you go and run your hands over their ribs here, they’re going to feel spongy over their
ribs, but you’re going to easily be able to run your hands over and still feel those ribs.
Also, if you look we’re going to see a little bit and be able to feel a little bit of fat
being able to be deposited behind their shoulder — just a bit, not to the excess of things
— also along their neck and their withers and in all those different areas. So then
we’re going to flip to our heavier horses, our condition scores of 9. These basically
are going to be our extremely fat horses, if you look at them from behind — and it’s
difficult to see on this picture — there’s going to be an obvious crease down their back.
In addition, they’re going to feel very patchy over their ribs. It does not matter how hard
you would push, you’re not going to be able to feel any ribs on this horse at all. In
addition, they’re going to have a lot of bulging fat up here over the withers, along the crest
of their neck, down here behind their shoulders, up here at their tail head, and pretty much
all those areas are going to be excessively fat. The fat along their inner buttocks raises
this mare’s tail up — actually the thighs would probably begin to rub together to some
degree. So these again are going to be extremely heavy or extremely fat horses on the other
far end of the scale. Also, right here within their flank it’s going to be very filled with
fat. So, I think it’s very easy for most people to look at these two horses and know that
this yellow horse here is basically going to be undesirable. You can condition score
her somewhere between a 1/1.5 to 2. It’s always a little bit deceiving on an actual photograph
and they’re going to look a little bit different when you see them live. This horse naturally
is going to be very desirable however you can really see that I’m not going to be able
to say if she’s a 6, 7, or 8 without running my hands over her. I can see that she does
have some fat over her, can’t see her ribs, her withers are kind of filled in, same with
her flank, and just from this picture, I wouldn’t say she’s a 5 from what I can see. I would
say she’s somewhere a 6, 7, or 8 but I can’t really tell unless i would run my hands over
her. But she is much more desirable than the yellow horse is over here. And again, just
to jump through the scores, these horses I have are somewhere between a 1 and a 3 — and
really there are kind of pretty much what we would consider unacceptable. Pretty easy
to say that this horse is down in that 1 to 2ish kind of category. I would put both of
these somewhere in the 2.5 and this one’s probably closer to a 3. And some people might
argue that this mare is undesirable however, it’s pretty easy to see her ribs without even
touching her, same thing with her backbone and her withers. Up here over her neck and
that you can see it’s pretty thin and pretty lightly covered. And so she’s in that kind
of borderline range but we really would like not to have them in that type of condition.
The borderline horses — and we’ll talk a little bit about how this affects reproductive
performance — are these two horses here. You can kind of easily see their ribs and
their not offensively thin — kind of in these different areas of their withers and shoulders
and similarly with this mare here — they’re going to be in those borderline scores of
probably somewhere around a 4. Here’s some other examples of some horses that are going
to be what we would consider quite acceptable. Again, I can’t tell you if any of these three
are a 5, 6 or 7 without running my hands over them. But these are the kinds of conditions
that we would really like most all of our horses to be in. They look like they’re in
very good health, very good flesh, they’ve all got some bloom to their coat, can’t see
anything outstanding on them. All three of these horses are going to be in that really
nice range where we would hope most all of our horses would like to be and we would like
them to stay. Now we get to the obese horses — and I love this picture — it’s kind of
a funny one that I did find to kind of throw this off with the obese horses. We have to
remember that being fat is not a nice thing — It’s not something that we want, it’s not
something that we want our horses to be. This mare is obviously not quite as heavy as this
mare is over here, but both of these are going to be somewhere in that 7 to 9, 8 to 9 type
of range. This mare might not look as fat to you but again, when we check this picture
it’s a horse that I do know and that I do know that she was up around the 8 — we couldn’t
find a rib or any kind of skeletal structure on her at all. I will tell you that this is
a mare that was mine that was pulled out of the pasture and she really is excessively
heavy. These kinds of horses we consider them high risk type of horses. There’s no reason
for them to be this heavy, and they are going to be more susceptible to various issues.
They’re way more susceptible to coming down with laminitis, metabolic bone disease, metabolic
issues, and some resistance in things like that and so we really want to avoid those
horses that are this heavy. Sure, some of them you almost feel like you have to feed
them grass hay and they stay heavy, but we really do want to avoid them. Here’s another
group of horses that we really want to kind of try to realize how heavy they are. These
guys can be tough — this is a mini or a a shetland pony and we have to be extremely
careful of our little guys because they do gain weight quite easily and we have to be
very careful that we don’t have them up in those heavy condition scores of an 8 or a
9 because we know how easily they are to develop laminitis. This is a fit halter horse and
they can be in the same boat. This, I do not believe is a pregnant mare, I believe this
looks like it could be a pregnant gelding because he is carrying quite a bit of belly
to him. It’s going to look a little bit different than some of our other breeds. And don’t let
the breed differences mask how heavy or thin a horse might be. These are some pictures
I always like to bring out and when I talk with my classes I’m always sure to bring up
the hair coat factor. This time in the year their condition score can be extremely deceiving.
We know, especially here in Nebraska right now it’s single digits and it’s extremely
cold, and so most animals will fluff up when it’s extremely cold and that’s one way that
they do increase their insulation capacity. If you look at the birds flying around, they’re
going to be fluffed up and many of the animals’ hair coats are going to be fluffy to increase
the ability of staying warm. However, don’t let that fool you because these little guys,
these were miniature horses that my husband got called out on an abuse case several years
ago. And when you put your hands on them, and I actually did, I could put a finger between
each and every rib of both of these ponies, of the minis and also of the burros. And it
was extremely disheartening because these guys were so thin they’re honestly about a
condition score of 2. And I know that when you first look at these pictures you would
not have a clue that they were that thin. So, just be certain and be careful that when
you’re feeding these horses in the winter time, that you don’t let that heavy winter
hair coat kind of cloud your judgement of it their staying fat or if they’ve gotten
a little bit too thin for you. I’m going to bring this back also to our reproductive performance
in case any of you guys do have broodmares and raise foals. Some of the early condition
scoring research was initially done on broodmares looking to see what kid of condition and fat
cover they needed to have before it began to affect them on a negative sense — from
the reproductive performance for them being able to breed and being able to carry those
foals. What we know is that if those horses are condition score of 5 or below, they’re
going to have reduced reproductive performance and increased loss of those pregnancies. Reduced
reproductive performance we are looking at going to take them longer to be bred, it’s
also going to take them more cycles to conceive. So something that we really do not want. If
you look down here at this mare here she’s on a not very good pasture and she is probably
down there in that condition score of about a 3 and she’s going to be questionable if
she’s going to go ahead and cycle back because she is in that poor, much lower body condition
that we know when they’re down this will have negative effects on their reproductive performance.
On the flip side, if you look at this mare here nursing this paint foal, she’s going
to be somewhere above a 5 — and the research has shown that if those broodmares are above
a condition score 5, then their reproductive performance is much enhanced in that they’ll
come in and start cycling earlier in the year, they take fewer cycles per conception meaning
that these mares are more commonly going to get bred on the first cycle — fewer of them
are going get bred on the second or third cycles which really is the economic option
which is really much more preferred and much more the industry expectations. They’re going
to have an overall higher pregnancy rate and also they’re going to have improved pregnancy
maintenance meaning they’re going to carry those foals to a greater degree than if they’re
too thin. So especially if you’re dealing with broodmares we want to make sure that
they’re above a 5 and really what we recommend is that you give those mares a little bit
of a buffer zone — many mares once they foal — as they get into peak lactation like this
mare has — they’re probably going to lose a little bit of weight — so as those mares
are getting ready to foal — and some of your mares were here to the latter portion of February
— watch your broodmares right now and make sure that they are probably condition score
of a 6 or 7 so they do have a little bit of a buffer if they do go ahead and lose a little
bit of weight after they’ve delivered those foals because they’re going to hit peak lactation
right within those first couple weeks after they’re foaled and right about the same time
that we’re going to be looking to rebreed them. So certainly be careful about that.
some other things that can affect their body condition — things that maybe we’re trying
to do a really good job on and things for everyone to be aware of if those horses just
do not maintain their weight — they can have a variety of different health conditions such
as Cushing’s Syndrome, different types of things that just don’t allow those horses
to maintain their weight. How about dental health? I think we had another poll related
here to dental care and it really has a very huge effect on what we know as far as their
fee efficiency and maintaining their weight. So, a little poll that we wanted to ask you
guys to respond to is to see how often you guys do have your horse’s teeth checked. It
looks like we have a pretty good number of you guys that have responded and you must
be awfully great horse owners because you condition score your horses, you’re really
good at doing the dental check on them — most of you are doing it at least once a year — and
that’s really what we like to see is that they’re done at least once a year — I would
bet that some of you that are doing it every six months might have some older horses, might
have some ones that you know might potentially have some issues and you do need to do it
a little more often. Pretty much an annual basis is really what we recommend and then
occasionally it has to be done a little bit more frequently and the horse will kind o
let you know if it needs to be done a little bit more often. Naturally their age is going
to have a factor as these horses get older, some of their feed efficiency changes, also
some of the ways that you’re going to feed them is going to need to change as they get
into their twenties and on from there. Also we know that our feeding practices can have
a very big effect on it and some of this might change over the course of the year. But how
we feed those horses, how good we are about keeping them fed at the right times, keeping
enough forages and different things in front of them can have a very big effect on their
body condition. So I’m about ready to turn this over to Colleen who’s going to go through
something that we’re extremely excited about because we do have a new horse body condition
scoring app that’s out there and that’s available and she’s going to walk you through and demonstrate
this app. But I think we wanted to also find out before we run into this app a few things
about our audience to see — can you go ahead and put up that next poll here? — to get
an idea. And what we want to know is — just in general, it doesn’t necessarily have to
be with your horses — how many of you do use a mobile app of some way, shape or form?
Great, and I think that we would pretty much see that across the board because apps are
very common now — if you’ve got various different types of devices — a lot of folks are using
some type of app, so that all feeds us into our next question which is going to see those
of you who do use some types of apps — what kind of device do you have that you might
use those on? And on this one you can click “all that apply” because you may have a variety
of different things that you do use those apps on. So just let us know what you’re using
out there. Androids, the tablets, iPads, iPhones, iPod touch, or something else. Well certianly
the Apple people would be proud because 60% of you guys, the bulk of you guys, are using
Apple products and so that’s kind of what you see out there. I’m going to turn this
over to Colleen now so she can go ahead and take you through and discuss and demonstrate
the app that we have that we are pretty excited about. Thank you, Kathy. And thank you again,
all of you for joining us today. I’ve been watching the thing and Kathy was talking a
lot about how cold it is in Nebraska, while I’m at Purdue University which is in Indiana
and we’ve gotten up to 7 degrees was our high today so not only on the west coast. I’ve
noticed several of you have been having a lot of snow. So we are super excited as Kathy
said about this app and here is actually the URL that Gwyn created for us where you can
get some more information and basically what I did here is I put together a video. In order
to be able to show you actually how the app works and what you push buttons on — because
it is a mobile device it’s something we could easily put in this connect — so we’re going
to go ahead and run the video. But if you have any questions, please do put it in the
chat and we can stop the video and I can address your questions as we go along. But we really
wanted you to actually see how the app functions. And so the video was the best way to do that.
So I am going to go ahead and start it — and I’m actually going to have to put my microphone
on mute I think or else you’re going to hear it through your speakers and through me. So
I’ll be switching back and forth to answer any questions you have. Video speaking — Hi,
this is Dr. Colleen Brady from Purdue University and eXtension horse quest and the purpose
of this short video is to provide a brief tutorial on how to use the body condition
scoring app that has been developed by eXtension horse quest, University of Nebraska, and Purdue
University. This demonstration will take place on an iPad but this app is usable on Android
devices as well as iOS devices and can actually even be used on your cell phone. So, of course,
the first thing we do is we tap to open the application. Here I want to orient you a little
bit to what you’ll see on the first page. Here in the bottom right hand corner you’ll
note that we have a Learn button and a Score button. One of the things that is unique about
this application is not only does it provide you the tool to manage you horses and to observe
your particular horses but you can actually use this application to learn how to body
condition score. I also would like to bring your attention to the to two items in the
top — we actually have a button here that takes you to eXtension horse quest learning
networks body condition scoring learning lessons so I’ll just go ahead and tap on that. So
you can see that that comes up and gives quite an extensive lesson more than is included
in the application. If you wish to learn more all you need to do then to return to the application
is push that button and close it and it will bring you back to wherever you were when you
left the application. On every app is, of course, the Help button. That again, is just
right up there in the top row and it will explain to you what you need to do if you
have questions as you go through the application. So then what else do we see here? Of course
we have the beginning explanation of what body condition scoring is and then when you
push Learn, you actually can go to a section here that will explain at each of these parts
where we analyze the horse, what you should be looking for. In this example, the loin
— it gives that explanation and then if you look in the bottom right again you’ll see
that the number 5 is yellow — that means the image it is showing is an example of what
a 5 would look like. If I hit the 1, it shows me an example of what a horse that conditions
scores of 1 would look like. And if I touch the 9, it takes me to what a condition score
9 would look like. If you then go through each of the parts of the body that you would
analyze, the text up there explains what you’re looking for in each part of the body. Of course,
a photo stays the same at any given score because those scores are attained by analyzing
all of these parts. Just a couple of other things — on the Learn portion there are actually
YouTube videos. Here is a video that shows basically how you want to go over the horse
and analyze the horse. This video is used at the University of Nebraska and Dr. Kathy
Anderson is the presenter. Dr. Anderson is a key person in the development of this application.
So then if you’re done reviewing the YouTube videos, you again go up to where that Help
button is, you click that, and it takes you back to where you were in the app. So now
that we kind of understand how the Learn part looks, let’s go ahead and we’ll move to the
score component. This is the component that we think is the most unique about this application.
This is where we have the ability to actually take photographs of your horses, score those
horses, and then maintain those images and pictures to keep a record for a horse. So,
how do I add a horse? I start by pushing the Plus button and as you see, it automatically
fills in the date. We’re going to go ahead and start a new one and we’re going to call
it Tutorial because that is what we’re doing here is creating a tutorial. So you just type
in the name and you click Done. Then you’ll come to this screen that is actually slightly
different because what you’ll see on this screen is — in this upper left hand corner
— a camera. So you click on the Camera and it uses the camera in your device –I wanted
to add a horse here for real so we have something to put into the computer — a picture of a
model horse and you just click the photograph button — just like you would on your device
normally and then you’ll see here in the bottom — Colleen’s real voice — Okay, so I’m just
going to stop it there one second. There’s lots of different reasons you might want to
do a retake if you’re just not happy with the quality, if the horse moved at the last
minute, just that sort of thing. So that’s just a little extra option there if you want
to retake a photo. Just one other question I kind of have as we’re going through this
is if any of you work with youth groups? Because this is a great way because kids are all about
being able to do stuff on their phone — about helping young people too and especially since
all of you already do your condition scoring to help them learn this really important tool.
Video speaking — I am satisfied with that photo so I will click Use. As the photo then
pops up in the full screen you’ll see it on the top — it has the horse’s name. In the
bottom right hand corner, the date and on the lower left hand corner — because I have
wireless where I am shooting this video it actually gives the latitude and longitude
the GPS coordinates of where we are. I can just tap that photo again and it goes back
and fits in the space. We think that latitudinal and longitudinal part will be especially valuable
for professionals or people that are involved in law enforcement because it does identify
precisely where that picture was taken. Colleen speaking — Okay, so
I’m just popping in here again. So when Kathy
had mentioned earlier that they had those horses that her husband who’s a vet was called
out on, they could actually take those pictures. This is even something that if you’re in a
situation that you see a horse that you have concerns about or something like that, that
if you have this app on your device you could actually take that photo and share it with
whoever’s involved in addressing some of those issues in your community. Video speaking — analyze
this horse as you would have learned going through the Learn component. Even though this
app is designed to help you manage your horse, you still have to do the actual scoring which
involves touching the horse. And then you simply can record those scores here. So we’re
just going to kind of do an imaginary here. So let’s say he was a 4 — of course the Breyer
corporation when they made this horse back in the 50s –he body conditions scores right
where he should at a 5 but what I want you to show is that you can put an individual
score according to what you saw in the Learn portion on each one of those areas that we
view. Then, as we complete that and fill in the last line, the Done pops up here and we
click Done and this horse is — Colleen speaking — So again Cheryl, like with your question
“What do you do with insulin-resistant horses or some horses that are just super irregular
in how they may lay down fat” this system will help you get to a pretty good number
and you’ll be able to tell whether their changing in each of those different areas. Video speaking
— so what if I am maintaining records on horses that I already have and I have an existing
record? Well, I can put the name here Laddy is a horse that’s already in my case. So his
name pops up and then i get these two arrows. So, when I hit the arrow you can see that
this is actually a photo of Laddy that’s dated January 6th and if I wished to go to today,
I can add another photo of Laddy — which in this case is going to be the model again
because we are not out at the barn — and so I can say I’d like to use this photo Laddy
on February 17th, 2015 and again he goes back in there so now we have two images of Laddy.
So, now that we have this, what can I do with this data? Well, in addition to the mobile
application, we also have a desktop application that you can use. The Learn component on the
desktop is very similar to what you saw on the mobile device — the Learn at the bottom
and the scores again and then here just out of the screen — you can actually still from
the desktop version of the application you can go to the learning lesson and to the Help.
The part I want to show you specifically here on the desktop is if we select Score, clearly
you’re not going to be carrying your laptop around to go out and score horses but if I
push on the Plus (+) button here, you can see that the horses we did before are here.
So I can click on Tutorial –that’s how we scored him, if I click on the dates there’s
the picture we took on February 17 which, you know, was just a few minutes ago on the
desktop. Again, I can select here and there’s Laddy. He is still present and accounted for
from the picture we took earlier today. So I can select Laddy, click on the button and
there is the picture that we took earlier today. Then from here I can actually select
— Colleen speaking — the app guys don’t like it when we call it syncing but that’s
an app guy thing. To the real people, it’s syncing. And so it’ll take those animals from
the device and update what’s on the desktop. And that’s why even though I had just done
these pictures — because they were in proximity it magically worked. This is a little test,
can anybody hear me? This is Gwyn. Yes, sorry I had someone was about ready to come into
my office and vacuum my floor so I had to quick go on mute. So, let’s see here…everyone
can hear me — Colleen, did anything change on your settings? Or Kathy do you think you
could talk? I’m trying to get unmuted — Colleen had disappeared off of our presenter’s screen
for just a second but now I see that she is back and I’m going to assume she is back in.
Someone on the chat had a little question about how you would condition score a draft
horse and I mean yes, we do condition score them — they’re going to be probably a little
bit different but I think if you apply the same basic concept, their body types are going
to be a little bit different but I believe we really pretty much just use the same basic
system as we go through those horses to go ahead and condition score them. It’s not really
going to be all that much different. I’m not sure that I have got control of the video
so I’m not sure — Gwyn, can I go ahead and continue to play it because I’m not sure where
Colleen was talking a little bit about on your desktop version that you can see with
the printer icon up here and when you’re on the desktop version it does give you the opportunity
that if you click on the printer, then it will basically print what you see on your
screen. That would allow you to keep a notebook, a catalog, of the different records that you
do have on those horses as a hard copy for them. The other thing that I believe she pointed
out was that when you do have the picture of those horses, it will give you the date
on them. The other really nice thing is also it does give you the GPS stamp, the GPS location
on them here which for if you’re trying to use this for any kind of official purposes
or whatever then that GPS stamp or location stamp is going to be on those images also
for you. Okay, so Gwyn do you know is Colleen the one that’s directing the video because
with that I’m not sure….I’m back, sorry everybody. *video replaying* And then one final question, “What do I do if I have a
horse I want to remove that I no longer want in my database?” All you need to do to remove
a horse is to click on the Trash Can down here in the bottom corner. So let’s say I
decide to get rid of Dulce because clearly there’s a picture of Dulce but that’s from
doing another demonstration. and I’m going to delete Dulce. Then I simply click on the
Trash Can and Dulce’s record is gone. I just have our tutorial and then I have Laddy. So
that is basically how we use this application. Colleen speaking — Okay, so that is the end
of the video and that is on the eXtension horses YouTube channel so you can go see it
again without the glitches and bumps as I got bumped off my internet here. And Gwyn,
I think just put that info in. In regards to your question on Laura with your older
Arabian — if you’re still riding him — the other thing that happens with older horses
is they actually lose — just like unfortunately, we do as we get older — we lose muscle tone
and so if the rest of him is in pretty good shape, I would guess that maybe you’re losing
some muscle tone there over that topline and so if you’re riding him still — if you actually
work him in a low frame and move him up to stretch down and stretch up to the bit, that’ll
help him get a little bit more muscling in that area. Some horses conformationally — not
my backgrounds with Arabians –not typically Arabians have super sharp withers but especially
I noticed somebody earlier on here when they talked about their background worked with
Thoroughbreds and stuff — Thoroughbreds will have often really nice high sharp withers
and will often be a little thinner in that area — but if he’s in generally good condition
— that’s part of why that score is an accumulation of multiple points. You can try to do something
with muscle building in that front quarter but at 35, if that’s the only place he’s thin,
you’re doing great! There you go. Look at and read what Cheryl just put! Any other questions
for us I think this is pretty much everything we had to go over. Like we mentioned, we are
pretty excited. Kathy and I developed this app with some app developers out at UNL and
it was — I joked a few times that it was like birthing a baby — and we’re pretty happy
it’s delivered. We’re pretty excited about getting it out there and people being able
to use it to help monitor their horses. Purina Senior…do you wet it down, Laura? Because
I’ve known some horses that if you wet it down they can basically slurp it up. That
helps some of those older horses also. Especially those that are really having few teeth left.
The desktop version actually if you — he’s a little picky too — the desktop version
is actually free, you can download it off any of those links that Gwyn provided. Also,
another one that I thought of with the question about the draft horses that Kathy had addressed
— there’s also another app that if you go — let me see if I can find it without knocking
myself off here again — one of our colleagues up in Minnesota has actually developed an
app that — and she’s very excited because they just added the draft horse component
— about estimating, weight estimating app. If you follow that link that Gwyn gave you
it actually goes to some place that you can go directly to where you can get the mobile
version, the desktop version, and this other app called Healthy Horse which actually is
an app to help you estimate your horse’s actually body weight with two or three simple measurements
you can do with a measuring tape. So that’s another piece that you can incorporate into
this and especially with that draft horse — like I said they just finished doing the
research on the app for that part and now have that part up and available. So Kathy,
did you have anything else you wanted to add at this point? — I was dismuted so we don’t
get a lot of feedback but yeah, I think you did a nice job of covering the app and we’ll
entertain any more questions while you guys are on there and Gwyn did put the link that
you can go to our eXtension horses page and look for mobile apps and find where you can
download the desktop and also those other apps related to our horses and so it’s only
a $1.99 so it’s very affordable and we want as many folks to get out there and start using
it because I think you’re going to like it quite a bit. We appreciate all your time and
let us know if you have some more questions we’ll hang and watch the chat here for a few
more minutes. Thank you all very much and go get the app! Okay, Kathy, I think I’m going
to wrap things up a little bit. We’ll continue having the chat open here. Kathy, if you could
mute real quick…there we go. Of course, if anyone does have questions we can still
answer them in the chat. I want to bring up a few more things; one, it’s really important
that we get some feedback from you! We have a survey that I’m going to put a link right
here in the chat, just a moment. There’s a link to our survey, it will only take you
a couple minutes to fill out but will give us some feedback and help us as we plan more
of these free webinars through My Horse and eXtension horse quest. I will also follow
up to anyone that registered with an email here — you’ll probably get that email tomorrow
— but just wanted to give it to you here this evening as well. And also we’d like to
give you a little bit of information on our next webcast which is Tuesday March 24 at
7pm. The title of the webcast is The Basics of Planning and Zoning for Horse-Friendly
Communities and this will be given by Christine Hughes who is a senior planner with the Planning,
Development, and Transportation Department of North Carolina. So we hope to see you in
March to learn a little bit about zoning and your horse. And finally, of course, we want
to remind everybody that this webcast was recorded and we’ll get it up on our website
tomorrow so you can come back and access it again if you’d like to or share it with someone
else. Also, we’d like to thank Kathy and Colleen for your time and putting together this presentation
and being here tonight and talking with us and of course we’d like to thank all of the
participants as well for your questions and for being a part of this this evening. So
we’ll leave this open here a second to see if we have any other questions. This is Colleen
and I just added a little bit there to — but if you wonder sometimes why we do these evaluations,
we submit a fair number of grants to try to support the efforts that we do here through
My Horse University and eXtension horse quest and the feedback from these evaluations that
we can use not only helps us with future programming but also when we’re trying to convince a grant
funder that hey, this is worthwhile — people are finding this useful. Having that survey
information really really helps us to recruit funds so that these can be free and so we
can develop things like that app so those are really important. We really need your
help, so thank you very much! Looks like we’re not getting any more questions so it looks
like we’ll close out this webinar for this evening so once again, thank you. I hope everyone
stays warm that’s in a cold area of the country and we hope to see you in March!

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