A horse’s sweat is heavily concentrated with electrolytes. For this reason, heavily sweating horses lose substantial amounts of electrolytes during prolonged exercise. If losses are great enough, a disruption in the balance of electrical charge both inside and outside of a muscle cell can upset normal contraction and relaxation processes.
A recent study suggests that body weights of racehorses vary from season to season, and differences in energy metabolism might exist between sexes.
Would omega-3s help prevent a racehorse from bleeding when he breezes?
For certain performance horses, would free-choice access to a white or mineralized salt block negate the need for a daily electrolyte supplementation?
The two most common questions about electrolyte supplements include what type of product is best and how much electrolyte should be fed.
Joint supplements continue to lead the way in nutritional supplement sales, with the majority of horses involved in competition receiving these products. Much of the research conducted in this field involves analyzing one or two ingredients only, and studies involving combinations of products remain scarce.
Performance horses require more calories per day than pleasure horses or horses used for light or moderate work. Researchers suggest adding “high-energy” forage to diets to help meet the calorie demands of equine athletes.
Direct administration of anti-inflammatory corticosteroid drugs into joints to provide relief from discomfort remains a common practice in many sectors of the equine industry, but evidence exists they can potentially damage articular cartilage, rather than protect it.
An equine nutritionist suggested vitamin E for my show horse that travels nonstop for much of the year. Why?
My Standardbred racing filly has problems with allergies and anhidrosis when shipped to Florida to train in the winter. Is it her diet?
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