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  1. #1
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    Default Electrolytes?

    Useless or useful? Give everyday or just on hard workout days?



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    After one massive colic due to dehydration, daily for all my horses. Cheap enough insurance!



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    I'll do a sugar-free electrolyte year round. At about $9.00 a month in Smartpak's it's cheap enough.
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    Daily when in work.

    But even if you just give a heaped tablespoon full of ordinary un-iodized salt every day, you will be doing a good thing.

    I read that most horses are deficient in salt - so mine get it daily. They love it and lick the bucket clean.

    http://www.equisearch.com/horses_car...eds/eqsalt203/

    http://www.balancedequine.com.au/nut...ctrolytes.html



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    I use sugar-free Finish Line electrolytes in cold weather and hot weather to keep my guys drinking.
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    I would feed straight salt if I wanted them to drink more. I feed electrolytes if they are hard working and sweating a lot. My horse is a huge sweater, so he gets electrolytes May through October (or a little later) when he is sweating nearly every day to replace what he loses. I give him an extra helping on the really hard days (very, very hot days, xc days, gallop days).

    Love the Smartlyte pellets. He's not a fan of the powdered electrolytes and will not eat very well. These he eats great, so he gets both his electrolytes and his much needed calories!



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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowbritches View Post
    Love the Smartlyte pellets. He's not a fan of the powdered electrolytes and will not eat very well. These he eats great, so he gets both his electrolytes and his much needed calories!
    I've been looking for electrolytes in pellets as the new guy isn't a huge fan of powders, though he doesn't seem to mind the little bit he gets now. I will tuck that nugget away for future reference!



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    I feed anything that is sugar free on my guy. He currently gets Apple a Day by Finish line, but if I can find a sugar free one for cheaper, then I pick it up.
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