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June 5, 2014

Ingredient spotlight – elecrolytes

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

DID YOU KNOW…

80% of horses showing signs of emotional problems are deficient in nutritional minerals.

82% of horses with musculoskeletal problems are deficient in nutritional minerals.

This week’s ingredient spotlight is on electrolytes.  With the summer months upon us, it is critical to keep your horse hydrated and keep their mineral levels up to achieve peak performance.

Sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium are the primary electrolyte minerals. The cheapest forms of these minerals are bound to chloride, which is NOT recommended for a top quality electrolyte. A portion of electrolyte imbalance is due to excessive chloride found in several thousand water samples taken across the United States.

graphAfter testing hundreds of horses with Horse Hair Analysis, we have seen a large majority of horses deficient in in all four electrolytes, creating a condition called Four Lows. Horses with this condition may show evidence of chronic fatigue, irritability and/or muscle soreness. Even if a horse is on a good supplement program, when electrolytes are out of balance, the horse will be unable to use the key ingredients in their diet.

If the electrolyte minerals are in balance, they help to increase water consumption and retention, which can reduce dehydration concerns and health problems associated with electrolyte deficiency, such as ulcers, tying up and colic.  A good diet and access to fresh water are critical to proper electrolyte function.

If you have concerns about your horse’s mineral levels, try our Horse Hair Analysis test.  Endorsed by top barrel racers, Jolene Montgomery and Jordon Briggs, this test can determine if your horse’s mineral levels are critically low.

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