Does Your Horse Need Electrolytes During the Fall and Winter?
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Electrolyte supplementation in colder months depends on how much a horse is being ridden and how well they are drinking.
Electrolytes contain sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
Horses that are ridden lightly a few times a week and drink well probably get sufficient electrolytes from hay, concentrate and salt block.
These horses probably DON’T NEED supplementation:
- Horses no longer in work
- Horses hacked once or twice a week
- Horses in light training
- Horses that continue to drink an average of 10 gallons of water a day in colder weather
Horses that train hard and sweat daily may require a well-formulated electrolyte supplement even in colder months.
These horses probably DO NEED supplementation:
- Horses that remain in hard work
- Horses that don’t drink enough water when the temperature drops
- Horses that sweat regularly
- Horses in warmer climates
Ensure the electrolyte is still useable when spring returns.
- Read storage recommendations and follow them closely.
- Check the expiration/best buy date.
Summer Games® Electrolyte
- Replenishes critical electrolytes in the proper ratios.
- Supports drinking and maintains hydration.