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Topping Off Hay Diets

Hay is just dried grass and grass is the horse’s natural food so it shouldn’t need any supplementation – right? Wrong. Variety is a major difference between the diet of feral horses and that of  domesticated horses fed hay.  The … Continue reading

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Satisfying Salt Hunger

It’s a perennial question. Can a horse meet his salt needs from a salt block?  In a way, it’s a trick question.  There is more than enough salt there to meet the horse’s needs.  The real question is will the … Continue reading

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Electrolyte Problems in Endurance Horses

Electrolyte problems in the heat are directly proportional to sweat loss so it makes perfect sense that horses working long periods are at greatest risk.  This puts the spotlight on endurance horses. Australian endurance horse champion Omani Mr. Squiggle owned … Continue reading

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The Right Way to Supplement Electrolytes

Once you know the basics, it’s not that difficult to supplement electrolytes correctly but many people don’t know how and it’s taking more of a toll than is realized. Even mild dehydration can have a major effect on performance Electrolytes … Continue reading

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(Some of) The Worst Persistent Myths Out There

Horses can’t get all the salt they need from a lick because they don’t have rough tongues. Cows do have rougher tongues but that has nothing to do with getting salt from a lick/block.  If their tongues were rough enough … Continue reading

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Salt to the Rescue

I do some version of this post every year for good reason.  At the least it will safeguard your horse’s well being and performance in the heat.  At best it could save his life. Sweating is the horse’s major mechanism … Continue reading

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The Most Underappreciated Performance Enhancer

It’s free too.  Next to air, this is the single most important factor in supporting good performance and maximizing response to training and conditioning.  Water. The horse’s body is about 70% water.  From brain functioning to the cushion of joint … Continue reading

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Electrolyte Supplements

If you are thinking ahead to the imminent summer heat by looking at electrolyte supplements, good for you.  Horses lose massive amounts of electrolytes (and water) in sweat, putting them at high risk for dehydration, impaired performance, heat stroke, GI … Continue reading

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Designer Salt

Salt, sodium chloride (NaCl), is arguably the most important mineral.  Animal life is believed to have emerged from the sea. Blood has many similarities to sea water, including a high concentration of sodium and chloride.                                                              Salts of many colors … Continue reading

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Supplementing Electrolytes

Do you know how to supplement electrolytes properly to meet your horse’s needs?  Probably not.  If you are relying on manufacturer’s recommendations to get it right, odds are even worse. Electrolytes are minerals which are free within the blood and … Continue reading

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