Use this Topline Evaluation Chart, developed by Progressive Nutrition, to evaluate your horse’s topline. Horses are scored on a scale from A-D. “A” being an ideal well muscled topline and “D” being the poorest of toplines.
A poor topline, one that is lacking muscle, is an indication of a diet that is deficient in amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks for protein. It is important to note, no matter how hard you work to build muscle across your horse’s topline via exercise, without a balanced diet, your efforts may be futile.
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|A||The horse has the “ideal muscle development”.
|B||The ‘back area is concave’ (sunken), between the vertebrae and the top of the ribs.
|C||The ‘back and loin areas are concave’ (sunken), between the vertebrae and the ribs.
|D||The “entire topline is concave” (sunken) including the back, loin and croup areas.