The majority of us would associate Horse Electrolytes to be a summer only supplement for horses and ponies. However, although the February months won’t see soaring temperatures causing ourselves and our equine partners sweating due to sunshine, there is often a time period where our horse’s coat is growing back that we see significant sweating. Winter is the season for short days, mud and woolly winter coats. Though we try and keep our horse’s freshly clipped all season and most of our equines will be fully rugged, their fluffy coats often grow back and stay back for a week or so at a time during the colder months.
When our horses exercise, heat is produced by the horse’s muscles and then carried to the surface of the skin by the bloodstream. If the surrounding air is cooler than the horse as the horse moves through the air, some heat will be lost by the process of convection. if it is a breezy day this will help our horse stay cool during exercise and cool down post exercise. However if it is damp and rainy, as UK winter weather often is, this will prove more difficult, as it will for evaporation to occur.
In addition, cooling the horse quickly to reduce further sweat loss after exercise becomes more complicated in wintertime. In the summer when our horse’s overheat it is simple, we take the hose or buckets and drench the largest muscle groups but if we took that method in the wintertime we make cause our horses to suffer a chill.
Equine sweat is what is known as isotonic. This means that the sweat contains salts, known as minerals, including sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride. Losses of these minerals can cause our horse’s to suffer from tiredness, muscle stiffness, dehydration and in severe cases colic. When exercising intensely a horse can lose up to 15 litres of sweat per day so it is clear to see with such considerable losses it is vital to replenish our equines depleted stores of both water and lost body salts!
Providing a Horse Electrolyte supplement in the diet after travelling, competing or a strenuous training session can help equine naturally recover post exercise by correcting the balance of electrolytes and water within the body. Supplying Electrolytes alongside ample fresh water to accompany the supplement allows equines to refuel their bodies giving horses and ponies the extra boost they need by ensuring the necessary nutrients are available.