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    Re: [RC] [RC] B.C.A.A. Complex - Heidi Smith

    >Pray tell us how you determine
    > what is a "normal amount?"  Playing Devil's Advocate here, care to
    > enlighten us? IMHO, this is a big time moving target. Bottom line, best
    > take I've heard is "doesn't matter...he will "flush" what he doesn't
    > need".
    Other posters have been giving proper amounts and times to dose here since
    forever.  And no, you can't just indiscriminately stuff e-lytes down.  The
    horse will only consume so much water, and if you don't have water there, he
    CAN'T flush them.  I've seen some instances where e-lytes have been
    overdone--horses get pulled and treated.  Pretty good incentive not to
    overdo it...  I know I'm the Lone Ranger here, but I tend to err on the side
    of caution regarding e-lytes.  No one seems to like the suggestion that if
    you are overriding the horse's needs for e-lytes, it is also possible to
    slow down.  At the beginning of a horse's career, it is my own feeling that
    you should be carefully feeling your way along to determine how many e-lytes
    are needed to be normal for a given horse, rather than just tossing them in
    willy-nilly.  If one is not running at the front (which, also my opinion,
    one should not be doing at the beginning of a horse's career anyway), one
    has time to make sure the horse learns to eat and drink properly, etc.
    before trying to determine how much of a deficit he has.  Example--we took a
    couple of geldings on their first LD back in April.  Trip was a bit tough.
    Both were kind of wary about what was going on.  They didn't eat well in the
    trailer, nor did they eat well in camp pre-ride.  E-lytes??  NO WAY!   We
    went out and rode--SLOWLY.  Our riding time for an LD was 5:04.  Yep, we got
    dinged some for gut sounds and hydration.  We weren't going fast, and
    weren't in any trouble.  By the halfway point, they were thinking that food
    and water were pretty good concepts.  By the end, they were hoovering up
    everything in sight and sounding like big suction devices at the water
    tanks.  Took some getting to the edge to make them think it was a good idea.
    Second LD--both ate and drank on the trip over.  Both ate and drank
    everything in sight pre-ride.  Neither passed up a water tank all day
    without at least a sip (tanks were plentiful, but they still checked out
    every one).  Net result--A's and A-minuses for guts and hydration all day,
    and a considerably faster time--(3:50-something, on an LD where the fastest
    times were something over 3 hours).  Time to move upward, and cautiously
    feel our way a little further.  Three years down the pike, we'll know how
    much we can rely on what they can consume, and whether we need to add any to
    stay "normal."  No scientific generalization like reading the individual
    horse--and with better availability of ride-site testing, even doing
    bloodwork from time to time to see if one is providing adequate replacement.
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    Re: [RC] [RC] B.C.A.A. Complex, FASTGraphic
    Re: [RC] [RC] B.C.A.A. Complex, Heidi Smith
    Re: [RC] [RC] B.C.A.A. Complex, Jim Holland