Adding Electrolytes

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Does your horse need an electrolyte supplement during these hot summer months?

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He does if he sweats profusely for longer than an hour per day—he could loose enough electrolytes to face fatigue, decreased stamina, weakness, overheating. Muscle cramping, colic, heart trouble, and a host of other problems. Here are some tips for adding electrolytes safely:

• Avoid giving him electrolytes if he’s refusing food, water, or is showing signs of colic (or any of the problems listed above). He needs veterinary attention.

• Consult your vet first if your horse has Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP). Electrolytes could make his potassium imbalance worse.

To make your own supplement, dissolve in four gallons of water:

  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon Morton’s salt substitute
  • 2 TUMS extra-strength, crushed
  • 500 mg magnesium oxide tablets, crushed (look for them in the vitamin section of your pharmacy)
  • 1 3-oz. box of flavored Jell-O powder OR ¼ cup of honey or corn syrup