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RE: [RC] Adios - Steph Teeter

Susan - maybe you could address the osmolality factor - the concentration of
salts in the stomach and gut, vs concentration of salts in the blood stream.
The question being - is there some point at which administering electrolytes
via the stomach is going to be inneffective? and possibly harmful - i.e. the
gut will actually draw water in because of osmotic differential between the
gut and the bloodstream - higher salt concentration in the gut? And could
this happen in the stomach as well as the gut?

Bottom line - are there times when drenching a horse with concentrated
electrolytes is not advised, and if so - when? How does one know?

Steph

-----Original Message-----
From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Susan
Garlinghouse, DVM
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2003 11:42 AM
To: rackinfool; Darolyn Butler-Dial; 'ride camp'
Subject: Re: [RC] Adios


Has anyone thought about the huge amounts of >Electrolytes that are being
shoved down these horses >guts?

Are you aware of the huge amounts of electrolytes being utilized and
excreted by these horses?

I can't help but to think that over elyting is a major >culprit here.

How are you able to come to that conclusion when Darolyn made no mention of
the quantity or concentration of electrolytes she supplied?

Just my opinion, so no flames, but food for thought.

Fair enough, but unless Darolyn would like to publicly discuss the details
her e'lyting protocol (and I hope she does), then there is no basis for
judging whether Adios was overelectrolyted or not.   My gut feeling, like
Darolyn's is...not.  In fact, given that Adios seemed to have been a very
high octane horse, herd bound and nervous, then I would strongly suspect
that adrenaline release and the hormonal effect on gut motility, had at
least a significant part in what happened.

Susan G, DVM




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