Salt compensation for horses. Complementary feed for counteracting electrolyte loss during profuse sweating.
Electrolytes are salts found in the blood and body tissue, so-called ions.These ions are important for maintaining which is called “stretch potential” across the cells’ membranes or walls, which is crucial for the body’s ability to transport water between the cells.
The horse’s sweat is known as hypertonic, which means that the sweat contains a higher concentration of ions than blood and bodily fluids in general. Horses that sweat lose lots of electrolytes and trace elements as well as water.
Hard-working horses can quickly develop an electrolyte imbalance and lack of fluid as a result of sweating. Remember, also, that horses normally lose fluids and electrolytes when breathing, urinating and defecating. The normal daily requirements for a 500-kg horse is estimated at between 20-40 grams of salt. During the winter, when the horse sweats less, they often don’t drink as much, which can lead to dehydration, which is why salt may need to be added to increase their water intake.
Electrolyte solutions made for horses should contain electrolytes in the same proportions as horse sweat, but with a lower content of potassium ions, since hay etc. is rich in potassium. A lack of electrolytes can lead to a fall in blood volume. In cases of long-term deficiency, the body’s ability to retain water is affected, causing a loss in body weight. Untreated, dehydration can lead to muscle cramp and poor transport of oxygen, energy and fluids through the body. Kidney problems, inability to sweat and poor recovery after exercise are other problems. In cases of diarrhoea, a lot of fluids and electrolytes will be lost and, since the horse cannot store electrolytes, they must be added regularly.
Eclipse Biofarmab’s Rehalyt Basic contains, in addition to sodium, potassium, chloride, glycine (for improved salt uptake) as well as chelated calcium and magnesium. Chelated is the name given when the electrolyte is protein- bound, which is extra important for fast biological absorption.
Electrolyte preparation (salt replacement) for horses with glycine, chelated calcium and magnesium.
AREA OF APPLICATION
Electrolyte replacement for horses.
After light training: 20-30 g
After hard training: 50-60 g
1 measured dose = 17 g
Mixed in the concentrated feed. 60g replaces the salts in approx. 5 litres of sweat. Horses being given salt must have free access to water.
ITEM NUMBER & VOLUME
1252 – 1,5 kg
1253 – 3 kg
1255 – 12 kg