Electrolytes

Electrolytes

A complimentary supplement for horses

Purpose (indications for use)

A supplement for use during and following extended work in hot weather, when performance is depressed due to electrolytes lost in sweat. This supplement will restore tissue electrolytes, lost primarily in sweat. Loss of sodium, potassium and chloride, cause fatigue and muscle weakness. It is not possible for the body to store more than a small fraction of future needs of these elements. In addition to essential electrolyte elements present in a readily available form, the product also includes vitamin c, glucose, glycine and other important nutrients to aid rapid recovery of fatigued and exhausted animals.

This supplement should also be given to foals suffering from diarrhea to replace loss of electrolytes in the faeces. This will accelerate the foal’s recovery.

Benefits & features
Electrolytes provide the important electrolytes (K, Na, Mg, Ca, CI, SO4) lost in sweat during strenuous exercise and hot weather and this supplement also provides a readily available source of energy. Both electrolytes and the energy source reduce fatigue experienced during hard work. The Electrolytes contain protected vitamin C (ascorbic acid) that is not destroyed during storage of the product and that has been shown to raise plasma levels during hard work, acting as an anti-oxidant. The amino acid inclusion is ergogenic aid for horses during intense exercise, so stimulating high performance.

Directions for use
It is essential to give small amounts of Electrolytes frequently rather than a single large dose. However, just before and during an endurance race up to 1 scoop (60g) Electrolytes can be given with 100-200ml water and squirted into the back of the horse’s mouth. Alternatively it may be added mixed with a little palatable and sweet feed.

A further level scoop should be given at each rest point during an endurance event with a total daily allowance of approximately 150-160g. It should not be added to the drinking water. In exhausted horses the Electrolytes may need to be administered by squirting to the back of the mouth or administered by a veterinary surgeon using a naso-gastric tube.

Many exhausted horses refuse to drink and the administration of Electrolytes will encourage voluntary drinking, so water should always be made available for drinking at the same time, although hot horses should be restricted to about 5 litres given at intervals. Foals should be given appropriately ½ a scoop (25g) at each dosing, given either dry mixed feed or as a solution or mix and squirted from a plastic bottle.

Storage of product
Always store Electrolytes Supplement with the lid sealed or the mouth of the bag closed raised off the floor and out of direct sunlight in a cool dry store room, free from fluctuating temperatures and rodent, bird and insect infestation.