Electrolyte Replacement Supplements for Horses

The Importance of Electrolyte Replacement


Horses sweat as a cooling mechanism & typically lose from 5 to 15 liters of sweat in an hour of exercise. Equine sweat is hypertonic (rich in electrolytes). An oral electrolyte formula should mimic the ratios of the electrolytes lost in sweat. The chart below summarizes what has been determined by numerous research studies as the ideal oral electrolyte supplement content. Since electrolytes are not stored in the body, it is important to feed electrolytes approximately 2-3 hours prior to exertion in order to have a reservoir in the digestive tract. Electrolytes may also be fed after sweat loss to speed recovery. Electrolytes are involved in numerous physiological functions of the body. Depletion can result in premature fatigue, tying-up (exertional rhabdomyolysis), thumps (synchronous diaphragmatic flutter), & exhaustion.

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