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Electrolyte Use in Fall and Winter

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"I have only a few weeks’ worth of electrolyte supplement left in my bucket. With fall and winter approaching, do I need to order more and continue feeding year-round? I ride my gelding in the off-season, but ask nothing strenuous of him, usually just quiet hacking a couple times a week." Your question is a timely one. Most horsemen and horsewomen classify electrolytes as “seasonal supplements.” That way of thinking is certainly justified. After... Read More »

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Electrolytes for Top Performance

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If you’ve spent any time around a stable during the summer months, then you are probably acquainted with the smell of equine sweat. The sharp odor may be indicative of hard work, but sweat loss also points to a significant management concern: electrolyte supplementation. Electrolytes perform critical functions in the horse’s body. Most notably, they help regulate nerve and muscle function by carrying electrical impulses between cells. In addition,... Read More »

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3 easy tips to ensure your horse is getting enough water this winter

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Dehydration can be as much of a problem in winter as it is in the summer. Horses need to drink a minimum of 10 to 12 gallons of water a day to stay healthy, no matter what time of year it is. Their requirements increase if they are ridden. Horses that work in the winter continue to sweat, although it may not be as apparent because sweat evaporates quicker in the dry winter air. Many riders stop using electrolytes when cold weather sets in, thus lowering... Read More »

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Horse Electrolytes: Sweetened or Unsweetened?

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Electrolytes are necessary for horses that sweat. Without proper electrolyte supplementation, horses are at best unable to perform optimally, and at worst are susceptible to health problems. With so many electrolyte supplements on the market, it is difficult to decipher which ones represent the greatest value to horsemen. Aside from the inclusion of specific electrolytes in recommended ratios, there is another criterion that crops up when comparing... Read More »

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Preparing for winter starts now

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10 feeding tips to help your horse get through the cold winter months 1.  Don’t rely on pasture as your horse’s sole source of nutrition in the winter, as it lacks adequate vitamins, minerals and, in some cases, energy. 2.  As pastures fade, switch from green grass to dried hay slowly. It takes the horse’s digestive tract about two weeks to acclimate to new forage. 3.  The best way to warm your horse up in cold weather is to feed additional... Read More »

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Developing the Sport Horse: Part 2 the importance of hydration

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story by: Dr. Brianne Henderson As we move through the height of our summer competition season, it is not uncommon to have multiple days of severe heat and humidity - the days when you sweat standing still. Heat and humidity can be harder on your horse than it is on you. Most of us have worked to motivate a sluggish horse through the final jump off or day 3... Read More »

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Keeping Horses Cool in Summer

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Hey everyone. Hope you’re staying cool in this hot weather, which for me means I'm either riding at 5:30 a.m. or after 6 p.m. When the weather is hot like this, there are special precautions we can take as owners to make sure our horses don’t overheat. One is just like I mentioned: ride in the cooler times of the day. Some try to argue that you need to ride them in the heat of the day to get them acclimated in case you have a horse show and don’t... Read More »

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Is Your Horse at Risk for Dehydration?

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When it’s hot out, exercise and other stressors can lead to dangerous dehydration. Horses generate a tremendous amount of heat in their bodies when they exercise or when they are stressed. Riding can lead to dehydration when a horse is unable to rehydrate adequately during and after exercise. The same holds true when a horse is shipped or put in a stressful situation that causes reduced water intake and sweating.   Article written by... Read More »

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Electrolytes – Who Needs Them?

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Electrolytes perform critical functions within your horse's body. They help regulate nerve and muscle functions by carrying electrical impulses between cells. In addition, electrolytes assist the body in maintaining a healthy fluid balance by controlling your horse's desire to drink. When your horse loses significant amounts of electrolytes and fluids, problems such as dehydration, muscle cramping, fatigue, tying-up, and colic may occur. Even in... Read More »

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Dehydration Infographic

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Click here to view larger infographic.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2014 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Summer Games Electrolyte, a balanced, concentrated source of electrolytes and trace minerals, the perfect all-purpose electrolyte for horses of all ages, regardless of lifestyle, and by Summer Games Plus, an electrolyte paste with Neigh-Lox for horses on the go;... Read More »

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Water in the Winter

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Horses need to drink a minimum of 10 to 12 gallons of water a day to stay healthy, no matter what time of year it is. Their requirements increase if they are ridden. Dehydration can be as much of a problem in the winter as it is in the summer. Winter diets tend to contain less moisture, as fresh grass is replaced by dry hay and colder drinking water temperatures decrease overall water consumption. Horses that work in the winter continue to sweat,... Read More »

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Beat the Heat with Summer Games® Electrolyte

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Summer Games is a unique blend of both electrolytes and trace minerals specifically formulated to replenish critical electrolytes in the proper ratios. Summer Games supports healthy electrolyte balance so horses stay hydrated, perform at optimal levels, and recover faster after exercise or in stressful situations. Click on the video below to learn more. Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2013 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.  ... Read More »

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Where’s your salt block?

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Where you put your salt block in the pasture makes a difference. Research in Alberta, Canada, showed that where you locate a mineral or salt block in the pasture influences your horse's consumption rates. The greatest intake rates were noted when blocks were placed where horses spend most of their time hanging out. When blocks were located close to the pasture’s water source, very little of the block was consumed.   Article written by KPP... Read More »

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Dangerous Dehydration

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When it is hot out, exercise and other stressors can lead to dangerous dehydration. Horses generate a tremendous amount of heat in their bodies when they exercise or when they are stressed. As the core body temperature rises, the sweat response is triggered. Sweat is nature’s way of cooling the horse’s body. Sweat is made up of fluid and electrolytes, so when horses sweat they lose both water and minerals. Riding can lead to dehydration when a... Read More »

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Electrolytes—who needs them? Your horse, that’s who.

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Electrolytes perform critical functions within your horse’s body. They help regulate nerve and muscle functions by carrying electrical impulses between cells. In addition, they assist the body in maintaining a healthy fluid balance by controlling your horse’s desire to drink. When your horse loses significant amounts of electrolytes and fluids, problems such as dehydration, muscle cramping, fatigue, tying-up, and colic may occur. Even in mild... Read More »

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