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post #1 of 4 Old 02-04-2011, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know anything about electrolytes for horses?

I have done a couple of 25 mile limited distance rides, and have been reading about the importance of electrolytes for horses to replace what they loose. I get the idea behind giving them electrolytes, but when I jumped online to do some research, I found many different choices.

I found several brands, some only like $3 a dose and others that were like $20 a dose. I know that you get what you pay for, but at some point, you are just paying for advertising.

Does anyone use a specific brand or type that seems to work for you? I don't want to go cheap and give my horse something that is supposed to help and find out it's not worth anything...or spend big bucks on a product that I could have gotten for half the price.

Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-05-2011, 08:13 AM
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What my Vet recommended as an electrolyte was Lite Table Salt off the grocery store shelf. Lite Salt has added Potassium that also is good for the horse. I added some to each twice daily grain ration.
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-05-2011, 05:12 PM
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Um I dont believe salt is an electrolyte.... But I could be wrong? Salt just makes the horse wanna drink more water.. "supposedly".

As far as electrolytes go some come in powder form u put in water or in a vitamin/electrolyte paste which is fast and easy compared to wondering if a horse drank enough of its water.

Here is something Ive used to give to horses on long trailer rides. Same would apply to long distance running.

Energy Plus
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-06-2011, 08:35 AM
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I looked at the link on Energy Plus. In the ingredients is Sodium Chloride which is the chemical name for Salt. Baking Soda is another milder from of an electrolyte, because it's chemical name(generic) is Bicarbonite of Sodium.
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