This one can save you some money.
1 lb of table salt (sodium)
22 ounces of Morton's Lite Salt (potassium) (2-11 oz. containers of it)
1 ounce of Magesium
Tums (calcium) (I use a full container of the flavored one's from the dollar store which comes in a sort of opaque plastic bottle)
Grind up the Tums, add the other stuff, and mix extremely well. One ounce of the stuff = a dose of electrolytes. Mix it into a carrier such as yogurt, or applesauce, draw it up into a syringe. After electrolyting your horse ALWAYS follow by squirting water into the mouth to avoid oral burns from the salt sitting there. Do not electrolyte a horse that is not drinking.
When to use electrolytes? This is what my sources say...
The night before your ride.
The morning of your ride.
Hot humid weather/ give a dose about every ten miles (or at the vet checks).
Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian, always check with your veterinarian (or the ride vet) concerning the treatment of your horse.
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