Water & Electrolytes

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Poll: Readers Dish the Salt

July 18, 2009

More than 1,600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What types of salt block do your horses use?"

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Ranch Hand Arrested in Texas Horse Deaths

July 13, 2009

A ranch worker was arrested on multiple animal cruelty counts for the heat-related deaths of 11 horses in Weatherford, Texas.  

Parker County law enforcement... Read More

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11 Horses Die in Texas Pasture, Heat and Dehydration Cited

July 08, 2009

Equipment failure and employee negligence are being blamed for the heat-related deaths of 11 horses in Weatherford, Texas, last week.

Parker County animal control authorities discovered the horses on July 1 after a tipster reported a... Read More

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Researchers Examine Oral Acetate for Equine Exercise Recovery

June 15, 2009

An inaugural study has found that a sodium acetate electrolyte solution given orally with a typical hay and grain meal following exercise enhanced skeletal muscle metabolism to restore depleted glycogen (energy) sources.... Read More

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Water: The Overlooked Nutrient

May 17, 2009

Water is vital for the health of horses; as such they should have access to it at all times.... Read More

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Barn-O-Matic

February 01, 2009

The latest models of automated waterers and feeders can take some of the work out of horsekeeping, and automatic stall cleaners can even minimize your time wielding a pitchfork!

Finding it difficult to schedule enough... Read More

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12 Months of Feeding Tips

January 06, 2009

A 12-month rundown of some of the year’s most important feeding concerns. ... Read More

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12 Months of Feeding Tips

January 01, 2009

Here's how to roll with Mother Nature through the seasons, nutritionally speaking.... Read More

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Older Horses: Respecting Our Elders

January 01, 2009

If your horse is already a senior, there's no reason to turn him out to pasture. Here's a seasonal look at some factors to consider for the care of your equine elder.... Read More

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Shipping and Showing

October 01, 2008

Monitor and optimize your horse's training, diet, general health, and shipping experience in order to help him perform his best.

For some, nothing compares to the excitement of a horse show. The anticipation of months of... Read More

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New Report on Water Quality and Livestock Health

August 14, 2008

The University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture, in collaboration with two state agencies, has published a report on water quality as it pertains to the health of livestock and wildlife.

"The target audience is anyone with an interest in... Read More

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Equine 'Thumps' Are More than Mere Hiccups

August 05, 2008

One of the best known cures for relieving someone of the hiccups is a good, old-fashioned scare. However, what do you do when it seems that your horse has a case of the hiccups? Sneaking up behind a 1,000 pound Thoroughbred and yelling "Boo!," i... Read More

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Water and Dehydration Study Clarification

April 24, 2008

A 2008 Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) publication examining dehydration in working horses was summarized and printed onTheHorse.com on April 24, 2008, prior to its actual publication in EVJ. It was reviewed and approved by the... Read More

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Readers Respond: Winter Refreshment

January 17, 2008

More than 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you encourage adequate hydration during cold weather?"

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Digestive Health: Food for Thought

April 01, 2007

Comparing equine digestive function with small animal function leads to misconceptions and mismanagement.... Read More

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Detecting Fluid Shifts in Dehydrated Horses: ACVIM 2006

September 14, 2006

Veterinarians could use a non-invasive procedure to detect fluid shifts in dehydrated horses and respond with treatment more readily than with usual methods such as blood work.... Read More

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Severe Dehydration (Book Excerpt)

May 31, 2006

Dehydration can be a significant problem for the performance horse as well as for horses suffering from other disease processes. If you suspect dehydration, you can check easily your horse's hydration status if you have used one or more of the follow... Read More

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Water Makeovers on the Farm

May 01, 2006

There are many things to consider when supplying water for horses. If you depend on a stream, pond, or ditch (rather than a controlled system such as buckets, tanks, or automatic waterers), there could be concerns regarding water quality (for your ... Read More

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Exercise Exhaustion (Book Excerpt)

April 19, 2006

Many exercise-induced problems could be avoided by applying common sense limits to performance stresses. If you plan to compete at eventing and endurance riding, make sure both you and your horse are appropriately prepared.... Read More

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Oral Potassium for Endurance?

October 01, 2005

Endurance riding can lead to significant losses of water and electrolytes, which can cause clinical illnesses related to increased neuromuscular excitability, including cardiac arrhythmia, muscle cramping and twitching, and gut motility changes.... Read More

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Mineral and Electrolyte Balance

August 01, 2005

Developing a good strategy for mineral/electrolyte replacement during rest stops when traveling with horses ... Read More

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Severe Dehydration

February 22, 2005

Dehydration can be a significant problem for the performance horse as well as for horses suffering from other disease processes. If you suspect dehydration, you can check easily your horse's hydration status if you have used one or more of the follow... Read More

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Waterers That Work in Winter

January 01, 2005

Fresh water is important to horses all year, especially in winter. Some waterers are designed to remain functional in cold weather--with an insulated tank or bowl, a heater, or a combination of a heating unit and insulation. Following are some o... Read More

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Water Access in Winter

December 07, 2004

Make sure horses have good access to water and are drinking. They drink less during cold or wet weather, but still need an adequate supply or they may become impacted. ... Read More

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Basic Concepts in Nutrition

September 01, 2004

The options and opinions on what to feed your horse are numerous. My goal in this article is to review the differences between the "simple-stomached" creatures (such as ourselves, dogs, cats, etc.) and the horse. In addition, we will take a look... Read More