During high levels of exercise and when temperatures increase during the summer months it is vital that we ensure our horses and ponies are drinking sufficient levels of water to maintain optimum health. Water is a macronutrient and supplying sufficient quantities is essential to the body’s functioning. Alongside buckets of water, providing ample forage in the diet can help to retain water in the body as grass and hay hold a natural water source helping to keep our horse’s hydrated! The forage is able to line the stomach acting as a “sponge” keeping the digestive tract lubricated, moist and preventing digestive acids from damaging the gastrointestinal tract. Water is so important because it plays a variety of different roles in the body including acting as a solvent and as a delivery mechanism transporting vitamins and nutrients to cells. Water also enables horses to flush out toxins, regulate their body temperature and metabolise and digest their food efficiently and safely. Dehydration can have disastrous consequences for our equine’s health causing a variety of problems including lethargy, depression, an increased risk of colic and even death. So ensuring our horses consume enough water should be top of our priority list. Every horse owner should provide constant access to water for their horse, whether stabled or in the field and when our horses have sweating significantly we should also provide an Electrolyte supplement in their diet. This is because equine sweat is isotonic which means their sweat contains salts, known as minerals, including sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride and the losses of these minerals can cause tiredness, muscle stiffness, dehydration and in severe cases equine colic. Electrolytes with MSM and Vitamins can be added to feed, especially after strenuous exercise or a stressful environment which has induced sweating. The product brought to you by Horse Supplements Direct was designed by Scientific Nutritional Products in order to optimise natural recovery time after hard work. Electrolytes with MSM and Vitamins replaces vital body fluids lost through sweating correcting the balance of electrolytes and water within the body. The useful addition of MSM and extra vitamins gives your horse or pony the extra boost he needs by ensuring the right nutrients are available. Remember it is always essential to provide your equine sufficient fresh water, especially when feeding electrolytes it is even more imperative. For more information visit www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk or contact a member of our friendly team on FREEPHONE 0800 032 7774 or Tel: 01377 254900.
Maintaining Equine Hydration During the Summer Months
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