This is a re-post of Dr. Kerry Ridgeways electrolyte recipe given to me by a friend. The mixture is given in Lime Gatorade, 2 oz to a 40 cc syringe, followed by straight Lime Gatorade to wash the taste from the horse's mouth.
2 Parts Salt
2 Parts Lite Salt
1 Part Dolomite (natural calcium/magnesium)
When to give electrolytes: The night before the ride, 2 hours prior to the ride, and some folks say to give at the vet checks as well. Hot and humid rides may make electrolytes essential to replace salts and minerals lost through profuse sweating.
NEVER GIVE AN ENDURANCE HORSE electrolytes containing sodium bicarbonate.
NEVER GIVE ELECTROLYTES TO A HORSE THAT IS NOT DRINKING.
As in all things that affect the health of your horse, first discuss the benefits vs. risks with your equine veterinarian.
Common carriers for the electrolytes include: Applesauce, flavored or unflavored yogurt (may also be a good buffer for the stomach), pureed babyfood carrots, and Lime Gatorade. Find out what your horse likes best, and train with it (with no electrolyte added) so that your horse expects a happy experience in his mouth each time.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association