Predicting Muscle Problems

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Competitive endurance riders know that horses lose fluids and electrolytes during strenuous rides. Calcium and magnesium are also lost during prolonged aerobic exercise. Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia) allows sodium to enter nerve cells, leading to hyperirritability of nerves, muscle twitching, cramping, and even paralysis. The
addition of low blood magnesium (hypomagnesemia) can produce

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