Last Updated on February 21, 2022 by Allison Price
The body cannot maintain the proper amount of fluid around its cells without electrolytes. The transmission of nerve impulses, and muscle contraction are also key functions played by electrolytes.
The most electrolytes that are lost in sweat the most are sodium, potassium, and chloride. Additionally, sweat contains a smaller amount of calcium and magnesium than other trace minerals.
Insufficient electrolyte levels in horses can lead to fatigue earlier and lower stamina. Unsteady gait and uncoordinated muscle contractions are signs of severe dehydration. Even though the horse is dehydrated, it may not be interested in drinking. This happens because when electrolytes and water are lost, the physiological trigger which tells horses when to drink goes out of whack.
The main ingredient in a well-formulated electrolyte supplement is sodium chloride (salt). You may also find potassium, calcium, or magnesium in other ingredients. Some preparations may contain sugar to increase their palatability. Sugar is not required for the optimal absorption and can cause excessive diluted of more valuable ingredients that deliver electrolytes.