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Electrolytes and dehydrated horses
I have a question from a
friend of mine regarding electrolytes. She has a 6 yo grey Comet/Alladin
mare that seems to colic every year with the onset of winter. This is the
classic sand colic but the thing that sets it off I guess is that she decreases
her drinking when it gets colder. She becomes dehydrated along with the
colic. My friend also has an older gelding that is a small Appaloosa that
is just the best gelding that seem to be dehydrated all the time. I don't
know what his exact age is but I'm guessing around 17-19 years old. My
question is: is it ok to give electrolytes in this situation (either
situation) and how long can you keep them on electrolytes? I have set my
friend in motion with the colic and told her that I would not be "up all
night" walking her arab as I have done in the past if she failed to feed
psyllium. She now has her on psyllium but wanted to purchase the Dynamite
electrolytes (I have had very good results with these) and use them all winter
to keep the horses hydrated. Any comments or advice is welcomed.
Thanks. You can email me privately if you wish to keep it separate from
the endurance posts.
Oh, I am also looking for a nice gentle trail horse for a vet
friend of mine (just out of vet school, not a lot of money) that thinks she
would like to try endurance riding. I don't know what her riding expertise
is but just looking around now. She is looking in the western area of AZ
bordering Nevada and California. You can also email me privately on that
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