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 mild forms, these conditions can have a negative impact on your horse’s ability to perform and recover after exercise.

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.

 

 

 

Article written by KPP staff.

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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; supports normal hydration and mineral balance plus a comfortable tummy.

When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended to maintain healthy systems and support recovery and healing. They are not intended to treat or cure illness or injury.


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Electrolytes are substances that dissociate in solution into electrically charged particles called ions. The major electrolytes are sodium (Na), potassium (K), chloride (Cl) and magnesium (Mg). Calcium is a mineral that is important in the proper function of muscles during exercise.

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Electrolytes offer year-round protection from dehydration and mineral imbalances.

When horses sweat…

Horses that sweat, no matter what the outside temperature, need to replace the electrolytes and fluids lost in that sweat. It isn’t always apparent that your horse is sweating. In cool winter conditions or in very dry environments, your horse’s sweat may evaporate quickly. This may lead you to think he isn’t sweating much at all, while in reality he could have lost significant fluids and electrolytes. Electrolyte supplementation helps maintain critical mineral balance and hydration, protecting against diminished performance, slow recovery rate after exercise, muscular ailments, and digestive upset. Supplementing electrolytes can be a year-round requirement for many horses.

Electrolytes ward off dehydration

Dehydration has serious consequences, ranging from mild muscle cramping to colic. Horses in normal conditions need to drink 10 to 12 gallons of water per day to remain properly hydrated. Horses being exercised, or those living in hot, humid conditions, need even more water—up to four times more. Supplementing with a well-balanced electrolyte encourages horses to drink so that fluid levels remain in a healthy range.

Electrolyte and fluid replacement is suggested for:

  • Competition horses of all disciplines, horses in training and racehorses, year-round
  • Horses being transported, especially long distances
  • Horses living in hot, humid conditions
  • Recreational horses when exercising hard enough to sweat
  • Senior horses when heavy hair coats or other stress causes sweating

Choose the best electrolyte to help maintain proper hydration and mineral balance:

Summer Games Electrolyte

Developed for Olympic athletes, Summer Games is a balanced, concentrated source of electrolytes and trace minerals, the perfect all-purpose electrolyte for horses of all ages, regardless of lifestyle.

Summer Games Plus

Electrolyte paste with Neigh-Lox for horses on the go; supports normal hydration and mineral balance plus a comfortable tummy

Choose the electrolyte that best fits your horse’s needs.

Endura-Max electrolyte powder

Electrolytes developed to replace what is lost during the long, slow work done by endurance horses

Endura-Max Plus electrolyte paste with Neigh-Lox

Electrolytes and trace minerals with buffering and coating agents to protect the stomach from stress

 

When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended to maintain healthy systems and support recovery and healing. They are not intended to treat or cure illness or injury.

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