Keeping Your Horse Healthy Through Training Season
| Nick Bergren
Most of you know, there is a fine balance of water and electrolytes needed, for appropriate cooling of a horse’s body. An imbalance or a depletion of electrolytes, can lead to premature muscle-fatigue, reduced stamina, muscle cramps, poor exercise recovery, tying up, and thumps.
Horses sweat at very high rates (up to 3 to 4 gallons per hour!) which is great for keeping their body from over-heating, but the downside is the heavy loss of electrolytes and body fluids. So what are electrolytes exactly? — They’re minerals that are dissolved in body fluids, and are vital for a wide range of body functions such as the regulation of all body fluids, nerve impulses, muscle health, heart function, movement of food and water through the gut, and the filtering of waste through the kidney and liver.
Preloading of electrolytes, 1-4 hours before competition, can increase time of reaching fatigue, by up to 23%. However, if they’re administered any earlier, the extra nutrients will simply be excreted, before they’re needed.
When administering electrolytes, it is vital that they be administered with water. Administering large single doses of electrolytes, such as an oral paste, can cause further dehydration. Likewise, trying to rehydrate a horse with water alone will also delay the hydration process. The body monitors and controls fluid volume by responding to the sodium concentration of body fluids. A decrease in sodium concentration due to electrolyte loss will signal to the horse that it is not thirsty. Giving water to a horse that has just undergone a lot of sweating will dilute the sodium concentrations further and cause the horse to stop drinking.
This is where Electrolyte Powders and Horse Quencher come in, to save the day! Electrolyte powders are created to mix with water, to replenish your horse’s mineral levels. But what if your horse won’t drink? Well, you lead them to it, and Horse Quencher will make them drink it! — No, really!
We’ve all had that one horse that refuses to drink when in a new barn, when the water tastes different, when the weather changes, when traveling…Wouldn’t it be nice to get your horse to drink water on command? Add Horse Quencher to water, stir, and serve. It has a 99% acceptance rate, and it’s 100% guaranteed. Horse Quencher is not an electrolyte supplement, but it pairs well with them, and horses love it! I know it sounds a little far-fetched, so go ahead, read the reviews and testimonials!