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[RC] PLEASE discuss potassium article - kathy swigart

Angie said:

Also, I doubt very seriously they had any idea
?what the two control groups were *eating* during
?their rides and I would think that could have an impact. 

There is a lot of potassium in most hays, so yes horses may be getting a lot of 
potassium without being supplemented with it through an oral electrolyte mix.

Additionally, hyperkalemia (too much potassium in the blood) has some pretty 
unpleasant effects on muscle function.

Personally, I don't go out of my way to add potassium to my endurance horse's 
ration at an edurance ride as generally I am more concerned with too much than 
not enough.

kat
Orange County, Calif.

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