Originally Posted by Semiellia
Hi all I am doing my first competitive trail ride in June. I have been working out both myself and the horse any advice would be great. Also what about electrolytes do I need them for my horse?
What distance are you planning to ride and how hot does the weather get where you will be riding?
If you are doing the "introductory" distance ride that many CTRs offer, you may not need electrolytes if your horse is used to covering that distance and the weather is not horrible and you plan to go home the same day you finish the ride.
Personally, I always elyte Dream if she is staying overnight at a ride site and the weather is even remotely warm as I want to encourage her to drink in camp (whereas if we are going home and the weather is reasonable, I know she tanks in the water at home no problem).
If you think you may need to elyte due to weather or distance or camping, I would suggest practicing with it at home during a training ride if you can before the actual competition, that way you are familiar with how your horse reacts to it.
I always HAVE elytes with me, even if I don't intend to use them as sometimes horses react unexpectedly to the stress of camp/competition/life. The last CTR I went to, 2 diff horses on 2 diff days had elyte-imbalance-caused heart arrhythmias after the ride, which were treated with a single dose of elytes containing calcium. Both horses had vetted fine during the ride and the completion vetting, but started acting abnormally 2-3 hours after they finished.
Can't wait to hear about your ride!!