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post #1 of 9 Old 11-26-2010, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Best way to give Electrolytes?

I know a lot of people use various techniques for giving electrolytes (powders, pastes, etc). How do you give them? And if you give them a mixture of things what do you do?

In winter it's especially important for me to keep on top of giving my horse electrolytes because he always seems to stop drinking in the winter.
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-26-2010, 07:29 PM
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Gatorade has electrolytes but I don't know if that would be good to give horses
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-26-2010, 07:44 PM
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This is from a chemistry background, not so much from my horse experience.

It's a common misconception that electrolytes are something special. Really, its just salts dissolved in water. So as far as I know, anything that would increase salt and mineral intake should help.

Gatorade (if it was for horses) would actually work, to an extent. Gatorade is that is formulated so the salts go into your cells, "preparing" the cells for water intake. (This is why you're supposed to dilute Gatorade 1:1 with water, or take a sip of water for every sip of Gatorade.) The issue is that I don't believe it gives you minerals and salts that are necessarily good for you, just ones that easily diffuse into cells.

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^^That makes alot of sense, cause I rarely drink gatorade at all and I have no electrolyte problems
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-26-2010, 08:05 PM
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Over the summer, my friends mare was colicing and we gave her some gatorade thru a syringe to give her some electrolytes until the vet got their (it was brutally hot out).

You can give the powder in their water, but if you do that, make sure you have another bucket of plain water in the event they dont like the way the electrolytes taste. Thats how we usually do it, or use it thru a syringe. I used to give my boys sips of my gatorade...Toby loved the purple and red flavors. :P

Have you tried using heated buckets/troughs? They are great for keeping the water at a decent temperature that isnt too hot or too freezing that they dont want to it keeps the work of knocking ice chunks down low. :)
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-26-2010, 10:25 PM
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I feed Apple A Day electrolites to my horse Apple-A-Day - Horse Electrolyte Supplements from SmartPak Equine

It's got no sugar and smells like apple jolly rancher and my horse LOVES it. Its nice to have a strong smelling, delicious treat to mix in with his supplements whenever I have to include something like bute or antibiotics.

We've also used it with water in a syringe to help a horse (not mine) that was dehydrated and possibly colicing waiting for the vet.

I've been told that adding some epsom salt to their feed can do the same thing but the electrolytes aren't very expensive and serve multiple purposes explained above :)

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-26-2010, 10:41 PM
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I just put 2 table spoons of sea salt in her feed once a day. Its a heck of alot cheaper. She also has a plain white salt block and a mineral block in her stall.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-26-2010, 10:52 PM
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I put a scoop of salt in Nelson's grain - everyday. The salt is in both his A.M and P.M feed.

When I ride hard - like am at an Event or Fox Hunt, I will mix Nelson's apple flavored Electrolytes with some water, and I will put it in a large seringe, and seringe it into his mouth. If I put it in his water, or in his grain..he wont touch it, so I have to put it in his system personally.

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post #9 of 9 Old 11-26-2010, 11:44 PM
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I administer 1 ounce of Acculytes once a day in my geldings feed and have never had any problems!
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