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RE: Re: Electrolyting for Endurance Competition
> There is an increasing amount of research from all quarters that is
> indicating that as a whole, endurance riders don't e'lyte their
> horses early
> enough or often enough, and it's showing up as dehydration and/or
> metabolic problems/depletion.
> Again, this isn't replacing e'lytes per se, this is
> encouraging drinking---because the data is showing that the majority of
> horses in a ride are *starting* rides clinically dehydrated, in
> other words,
> they're dehydrated from trailering and then not replacing that
> fluid during the night.
> long as you keep the doses small and frequent and consistent, and
> offer the
> horse water whenever available, you won't run into trouble unless
> else is drastically wrong. Where e'lytes can start to cause problems is
> when it's given too late, too large a dose, on an empty stomach
> and/or after
> the horse is already depleted of substrates. And don't stop
> giving e'lytes
> as soon as the ride is through---it takes a day or so for the body to
> recover from a ride and an extra dose or two of e'lytes will help him do
> Good luck,
> Susan G
one of the best explanations about what happens and may happen I've read in
the past years.
You hit the point: Since we are giving amounts of elytes, of which we
thought before that they will kill the horses, we never had metabolic
Currently we are giving 1 oz. each hour, no special brand, but a mix from a
pharmacy (my recipe).
At the first rides the rider was very suspicious, but after some good
results they are trusting me.
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