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RE: [RC] Electrolytes - Ranelle Rubin


Salt blocks, IMO are for cows with a tongue that is rough. Free choice minerals that are loose are for horses with a smooth tongue.

I agree that most folks who elyte over do it..have seen it too many times. Horse gets upset stomach, stops eating, and everything goes

south. I think there is a happy medium with a product that is chelated for absorption and used intelligently. I do agree that a properly conditioned

horse going at a pace they are capable of going that day should not need much.

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~ John Wayne

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Subject: [RC] Electrolytes
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 10:57:31 +0200
From: Leonard.Liesens@xxxxxxxxxxxx
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; steph@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Recurring subject, funny :-) 
A horse having access to good forage and a salt block doesn't need additional electrolytes. A good conditioning and preparation to the events is by far better than any supplementation.
But all of us, we learned that by trial and errors. I remember that I was - like Steph - using EL agressively some time ago.
Leonard, www.endurance-belgium.com
From: Steph Teeter <stephteeter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC] Electrolytes
I want to heartily second what Heidi has said here!! While horses can
and do develop electrolyte deficiencies in our sport, the most common
metabolic problems are exhaustion (lack of energy) and dehydration.
And often the reason a horse quits eating is because of exhaustion -
when energy is low and muscles fatigue, blood is shunted to the
muscles, at the expense of the stomach and intestines and the gut
will 'shut down'. Administering electrolyte drenches to a horse that
'seems tired' and is actually dehydrated can be very damaging,
especially if the horse is not eating or drinking well.
If you are new to the sport, learn about your horse gradually - and
with fitness and experience you will develop a better feeling for
your horse's capability and needs. If a horse stops eating during a
ride it means (to me) either the horse is uncomfortable or he was
ridden too hard/fast.
On Apr 29, 2008, at 10:47 AM, heidi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> It was pointed out to me at the last ride (my first! *grin*) that
>> the horse needs it's electrolytes replenished when doing long
>> distances, especially in warm weather. I already knew this.

[RC] Electrolytes, Leonard.Liesens