Nutritional Support for Heat Stroke in Horses Through Electrolytes
Heatstroke in horses is a topic we have focused on this week here at Equine Essential Wellness. After having a horse here at our facility struggle with it we decided to share with you what to utilize both for supporting the horse through heat stroke/exhaustion, as well as the options that can reduce the risk of the horse getting to that point in the first place. Let’s explore how you can support your horse nutritionally or through dietary supplements with natural options of electrolytes for horses.
The Importance of Electrolytes for Horses
“Electrolytes are salts, acids, or bases that dissociate (separate) into ions in body fluids. Sodium Chloride is an example of a salt. When Sodium Chloride is dissolved in water, it releases sodium ions and chloride ions. In the body we refer to these ions as electrolytes. Electrolytes affect many body functions. Salts, like Sodium Chloride tend to attract water, which has an impact on the hydration of the body… A delicate balance of electrolytes must exist, even at a cellular level, for the body to function properly. Certain electrolytes are critical for very specific body functions.”~Veterinary Medical Terminology Second Edition by Dawn E. Christenson
For the overall well being of the horse, we are looking to find a balance between three electrolytes: sodium, potassium, and calcium. As the quote above mentions, electrolytes for horses affects many aspects of how the body functions at a cellular level. So we want to share with you some options that can help you support your horse’s health and wellness in a more natural, safe, and effective way.
Forelyte and ForeRunner Natural, Organic Support
When choosing electrolytes for horses, you want to look out for products that are too high in sodium or contain fillers or sugars. That is why Forelyte is our pick for a natural effective electrolyte paste for your horse. Unlike some of the other options on the market ForeFront Equine’s ForeLyte contains no fillers or sugars and is only 25% sodium. By utilizing 100% organic coral calcium, along with 73 additional organic trace minerals. The proprietary formula allows for a 99% absorption rate of key ingredients.
Prior to finding ForeFront Equine products, I was very skeptical of any commercial supplements due to the use of fillers, chemicals, unnecessary additives, and inferior quality. I have been impressed with the quality and integrity of ForeFront Equine’s products. For that reason combined with the amazing results we see our horses and those of our clients experiencing, we proudly offer these great products to our customers.
For the mare that struggled with heat exhaustion here, last week we used the ForeLyte in the evening to help support homeostasis to her electrolytes. But when I first spotted the issue I chose to use another of the must-have ForeFront products… ForeRunner Equine Paste.
In times of stress for your horse ForeRunner offers great support for the GI tract and immune system while supporting hydration, cell regeneration, and oxygenation. The powerhouse of active ingredients like BeneCell, Colostrum, and equine specific probiotics promote many aspects of health at once. This is why for us here at Equine Essential Wellness, ForeRunner is a go-to product, in times of stress including the signs of heat exhaustion in this mare.
Having natural, organic products that are safe either working together or independently is key to promoting horse health. If you are looking for a great option of electrolytes for horses, I invite you to check out the links below and look at the reviews and product details. If you currently have a product of choice I recommend looking over the ingredient list and making sure you are fully informed of what the product contains.
If you would like to see more tips and ideas for reducing the risk of heatstroke in horses, be sure to check out this week’s previous posts:
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