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Electrolytes for Horses in the summer

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During the summer months it is important to ensure your horses electrolyte levels are maintained. Horses regulate their body temperature by sweating, this dehydrates them and causes your horse to lose essential electrolytes.

Electrolytes are salts and minerals – including sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium and magnesium – that are vital for maintaining your horse’s acid-base balance. Electrolytes work by dissolving in solution, they are then able to conduct electricity once dissolved. They play a vital role in regulating and directly impacting nerve and muscle function. They also maintain fluid levels within and around cells, controlling blood volume, absorption of nutrients across the digestive tract lining/secretion and organ function.

You can check if your horse is dehydrated by a simple skin pinch test. To do this you pinch the horses skin on the neck, let It go and if the horses is hydrated it should immediately go back flat. When the skin remains pinched, this is a sign of dehydration. You could also check the capillary refill time. To do this, you raise your horse’s lip, gently press your finger into the gum and the gum will appear white once you remove your finger. The gum should return to its usual colour within 1 to 2 seconds. Other signs of dehydration include eyes looking dry or dull, drawing in at the flanks, hard manure, lack of urination or dark urine, a reduced intake in water, overheating, increases heart rate and respiration.

Electrolyte supplements can be given in a variety of ways, such as added to feed in a powder or liquid solution or diluted in water, there are also some feeds on the market that will replenish lost vitamins and minerals.

If you choose to dilute your electrolytes in water, it is imperative that you also offer your horses another source of clean fresh water alongside.

We stock a range of products that can be used to replenish lost electrolytes, hydrate and maintain salt and mineral levels.

All our products are available in both stores and online. Please note we are also more than happy to source other products/brands if you would prefer an alternative.

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About Athena

Athena is our Equine specialist, who has been riding and competing (predominantly in show jumping) since the age of 6 years old.

She also has a diploma in Equine management and has 3 horses of her own.

Athena Show Jumping

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