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Electrolytes are essential.




Hot summer days are on the way, believe it or not. As the mercury rises, proper hydration becomes an added concern for horse owners. And electrolytes are an essential part of the equation.

What are electrolytes?


Electolytes are important components in the body chemistry of the horse. The most critical electrolytes include

  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • potassium chloride
  • sodium

Electrolytes contribute to healthy muscle movement, nerve conductivity, and overall body function.

Human athletes may require electrolyte replacement after heavy exertion and profuse sweating. That’s why plenty of equestrians pack fortified sports beverages for endurance rides, horse shows, and schooling days.

Horses need electrolytes just as much as we do.

Here are a few popular electrolyte products for equines:


Many of these products are flavored with apple, orange, or peppermint to make them more appealing to equines. A few are produced as horse treats. Some equine electrolyte products are packaged in oral syringes for dosing. And others may simply be added to a horse’s regular feed rations or poured into a horse’s water bucket.

However they are administered, electrolytes can be extremely helpful to active horses.

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1 comment:

  1. I love that this is about horses! :) I just read about electrolytes for humans, and how many of the energy drinks now contain a bunch of junk as well. We probably feed horses and other animals better than we feed ourselves. :)

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