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Do you supplement your horse's diet with electrolytes?


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I add table salt as the only electrolyte supplement.

2/7/2011 9:24:06 PM

only because i am not sure she needs it. Here in SE ID. winter you can't work the horse.

2/7/2011 6:01:04 PM

When they are competing or shipping

2/7/2011 5:18:25 PM

Their feed and other supplements contain sufficient electrolytes for the work they do

2/7/2011 12:00:27 PM

salt only - should be aware that other supplements the horse gets may add up to too much of somehti

2/7/2011 11:29:11 AM

During the summer months when they are getting worked hard.

2/7/2011 10:56:45 AM

horses make their own like humans unless worked very hard to heavy sweat, often, then i might suppl

2/7/2011 1:24:58 AM

mostly in the summer but when ever I work my horses hard and they sweat

2/7/2011 12:23:57 AM

i feed salt topically to encourage water consumption

2/6/2011 11:26:15 PM

Ony when trail riding in hot, humid weather.

2/6/2011 3:46:53 PM

in the summer

2/6/2011 12:28:57 PM

It's winter in Wisconsin so I don't ride too much right now.

2/6/2011 11:21:09 AM

So Fl, they get more in the winter than the summer!

2/6/2011 12:26:54 AM

yes but not 100% of the time. We use it on/off year round.

2/6/2011 12:16:18 AM

will supplement as needed: hot weather, hard work

2/5/2011 8:01:40 PM

My horses do not drink enough water in the winter. My big gelding has colicked because of this.

2/5/2011 4:27:05 PM

Somtimes when it's called for!

2/5/2011 3:41:14 PM

at times, when it gets really hot in the summer and we are traveling or riding alot..

2/5/2011 12:43:36 PM

when competing, and at times in the winter to encourage drinking

2/5/2011 11:54:25 AM

Salt/Minerals free choice, supplement in stress situations

2/5/2011 10:26:53 AM

in summer months only

2/4/2011 9:46:17 PM

Only supplement if doing endurance rides over 25 miles.

2/4/2011 9:33:37 PM

only if she sweats alot, especially in the summer over 100 degree heat

2/4/2011 9:28:16 PM

I add 1 oz. salt to their feed.

2/4/2011 8:45:15 PM

I only give electrolites when they work really hard and sweat that white foamy kind of sweat.

2/4/2011 5:34:03 PM

They tend to drink more water with electrolytes in it

2/4/2011 5:02:19 PM

I only supplement with electrolytes when we are riding har+ hrs in the summer

2/4/2011 3:02:04 PM

Unless he's being ridden hard and often

2/4/2011 1:06:15 PM

we give them electrolytes in the hot weather and before and during shows

2/4/2011 11:32:53 AM

1 oz salt/day

2/4/2011 11:14:02 AM

Being in Florida - absolutely!

2/4/2011 9:08:02 AM

Normally during the hot months when the horses sweat.

2/4/2011 8:28:25 AM

I add salt to her daily feed

2/3/2011 11:26:33 PM

Electrolyte Gold is the best

2/3/2011 11:10:45 PM

just a salt block, free choice.

2/3/2011 8:18:18 PM

during competition I give electrolytes

2/3/2011 5:24:15 PM

in the summer heat, >100 degrees

2/3/2011 4:53:39 PM

supplements contain electrolytes also

2/3/2011 4:43:37 PM

only suring summer competition

2/3/2011 4:30:39 PM

just keep trace mineral salt blocks in corrals

2/3/2011 4:26:10 PM

When the weather warms up.

2/3/2011 4:01:40 PM

only in extreme heat or during competitions

2/3/2011 3:43:36 PM

I add iodized salt daily to their feed with about 1 cup of water.

2/3/2011 3:28:01 PM

We actually just add table salt. Do not need to add the sugar that is in electrolytes.

2/3/2011 2:50:34 PM

I monitor, as needed, both in very cold weather, and very hot humid weather here in OK

2/3/2011 1:35:38 PM

Summertime only

2/3/2011 12:31:24 PM

I wish I could afford it right now. But I will definitely add it to his diet this spring/summer

2/3/2011 12:12:24 PM

When I travel from our northern state to southern states for trail rides, I frequently add them.

2/3/2011 12:04:36 PM

When needed

2/3/2011 11:57:12 AM

Only in the summer - really hot weather

2/3/2011 11:45:33 AM

We live in FL and we notice that when we do not use electros horses sweat

2/3/2011 9:57:51 AM

But not regularly, only when in work

2/3/2011 2:54:41 AM

Only if prescribed by the vet

2/3/2011 1:59:48 AM

Especially if being worked hard and definitely in winter to aid in water intake.

2/3/2011 12:05:08 AM

When needed due to riding in heat and/or water not available on the trail.

2/2/2011 10:32:20 PM

When I think they may not be drinking enough

2/2/2011 10:06:17 PM

as indicated by a drop in water consumption

2/2/2011 9:57:46 PM

every day I give the salt/lite salt combo, about 1-2 tbls

2/2/2011 9:28:32 PM

Yes, only in summer. Am in Phoenix, horse drinks up to 40 gals a day!

2/2/2011 5:42:32 PM

No they get a balanced to pasture mineral supplement daily.

2/2/2011 4:49:06 PM

When the weather is extremely hot.

2/2/2011 4:17:50 PM

During very hot and very cold seasons

2/2/2011 4:08:07 PM

only during extenuating circumstances; illness, dehydration, etc.

2/2/2011 3:36:21 PM

endurance riding

2/2/2011 2:59:14 PM

half dose in winter to encourage drinking and full dose in summer-we are in AZ

2/2/2011 2:32:11 PM

Only when doing hard riding in summer

2/2/2011 2:02:24 PM

Only during the summer when we are competing

2/2/2011 1:44:56 PM

During the hot summer months only

2/2/2011 11:50:50 AM

I don't add electrolytes to feed but put salt blocks in stalls.

2/2/2011 11:50:32 AM

Only after very heavy exercise.

2/2/2011 11:34:13 AM

in the summer months

2/2/2011 11:32:30 AM

only when trailering and when it is hot and riding.

2/2/2011 11:08:55 AM

When riding in hot weather only

2/2/2011 10:13:53 AM

No, I use Redmon salt in his feed. Encourages drinking and provides trace minerals. Great stuff!

2/2/2011 9:18:03 AM

in the very hot weather if sweating a lot

2/2/2011 9:16:52 AM

platiumun performance and or table salt

2/2/2011 9:11:07 AM

Only if working harder.i.e.camping we ride 2Xday, in PM for better water intake

2/2/2011 8:36:35 AM

Like to have them when travelling, and also in first aid supply cupboard.

2/2/2011 8:35:23 AM

only when extremly hot, or working extra

2/2/2011 1:39:18 AM

I only use them when hauling or riding in hot weather.

2/2/2011 12:06:29 AM


2/1/2011 10:57:53 PM

Salt block in the bucket year-round + electrolytes in summer. Thankfully, I have good drinkers.

2/1/2011 10:53:36 PM

During the warmer months and/or periods of heavy training

2/1/2011 10:27:46 PM

Not regularly, but when trail riding in hot weather.

2/1/2011 10:09:46 PM

Seems alot of the current thinking is that they aren't needed, but old habits..

2/1/2011 9:57:45 PM

Endurance in the South requires electrolytes. Also during a cold snap so they will drink more.

2/1/2011 9:39:23 PM

Not worked hard enough to need replenishing.

2/1/2011 9:36:51 PM

My mare has two salt licks and unlimited access to a heated water source

2/1/2011 9:20:42 PM

His work is not sufficiently strenuous to require supplemental electrolytes.

2/1/2011 9:08:01 PM

Only if weather and ride demand additional salt and minerals

2/1/2011 9:06:39 PM


2/1/2011 9:00:35 PM

Only when traveling long distances in horse trailer or on long rides during hot weather

2/1/2011 8:53:28 PM

Only sometimes

2/1/2011 8:44:51 PM

Just pets-no need

2/1/2011 8:41:57 PM

Electrolytes in the summer, and free choice mineral block year round

2/1/2011 8:37:21 PM

I use Redmond Rock. It has 60 plus minerals.

2/1/2011 8:25:08 PM

during the warm months

2/1/2011 8:20:27 PM

Only during the summer or when trailering

2/1/2011 8:19:23 PM

In summer in hard work and winter when decreased water intake.

2/1/2011 7:53:08 PM

especially when sweaty from a workout or trailride

2/1/2011 7:51:58 PM

just salt blocks

2/1/2011 7:45:15 PM

Only when hauling across country.

2/1/2011 7:43:35 PM

Only after summer workouts

2/1/2011 7:41:45 PM

Only when at fair if it's hot and they decr water intake

2/1/2011 7:37:56 PM

i just throw in mineral block in the paddock. its the salt that i want them to get.

2/1/2011 7:31:43 PM

Everything I have ever read (except ads) says supplements are unnecessary for a well-fed horse,

2/1/2011 7:31:02 PM

I have no need at this point in time.

2/1/2011 7:22:31 PM

not every day when worked in hot weather

2/1/2011 7:14:52 PM

But I do have 12:12 mineral mix and salt block available.

2/1/2011 7:14:18 PM

only when working hard and long put it in jello and they eat it right up

2/1/2011 7:02:31 PM

I use an all natural electrlyte like Replenish

2/1/2011 6:59:37 PM

My horses aren't worked that hard.

2/1/2011 6:54:41 PM

In hot weather; and/or if the horse is sweating a lot.

2/1/2011 6:49:42 PM

I compete in endurance competions

2/1/2011 6:49:14 PM

but only when hot Texas weather or work load warrants using them.

2/1/2011 6:33:24 PM

Only at Endurance rides at home we feed loose salt

2/1/2011 6:31:21 PM

Keeps my 30 yr old horse drinking to prevent impaction

2/1/2011 6:13:57 PM

We do give our racehorses electrolytes, but do not give any on the farm.

2/1/2011 6:11:11 PM

only in stressful high heat/ competition situations

2/1/2011 6:08:43 PM

only in warm weather

2/1/2011 6:05:49 PM

In the summer only when they really swet.

2/1/2011 6:03:45 PM

Only if very hot and the workout is extreme.

2/1/2011 5:39:30 PM

Only during heavy work or hot summer months.

2/1/2011 5:30:07 PM

i would if they needed them, but they rarely work hard enough to need them.

2/1/2011 5:28:17 PM

salt block year round, electrolytes in summer heat when worked hard

2/1/2011 5:24:57 PM

Only in the summer

2/1/2011 5:21:08 PM

Only on a "as needed basis".

2/1/2011 5:13:31 PM

I only have to use them in the summer when they are working hard and it's hot out.

2/1/2011 5:10:56 PM

I use electrolytes and/or trace mineral salt along with a salt block

2/1/2011 5:10:18 PM

I add table salt to their daily grain rations.

2/1/2011 5:10:06 PM

I do provide a salt block free choice at all times.

2/1/2011 5:06:15 PM

I don't ride my horse very hard. Wkly lesson, practice & twice wkly on a trail.

2/1/2011 5:03:32 PM

usually in hot weather or after strenuous excercise

2/1/2011 5:01:38 PM

Sometimes in the sumer if it is very hot and he has to work very hard.

2/1/2011 4:59:09 PM

Not on a regular basis, only when it's hot & I'm competing

2/1/2011 4:57:20 PM

provide salt block

2/1/2011 4:49:08 PM

But they do get loose salt added to oats everyday, winter and summer.

2/1/2011 4:44:52 PM

Absolutely - In Arizona

2/1/2011 4:42:44 PM

Use electrolytes during warm weather months.

2/1/2011 4:39:13 PM

On very hot days or very strenuous excercise

2/1/2011 4:29:51 PM

in the winter, to encourage water consumption in cold weather

2/1/2011 4:28:41 PM

Only in the hot summer months.

2/1/2011 4:25:54 PM

my horse has a nutritionist

2/1/2011 4:25:21 PM

Yes, i use electrolytes year round.

2/1/2011 4:24:56 PM

on occasion during the summer. Usually give them 16/8 mineral and offer it free-range

2/1/2011 4:19:05 PM

During spring,summer and fall months, when my horses are very active.

2/1/2011 4:18:17 PM

not necessary for the amount of exercise and climate

2/1/2011 4:18:11 PM

especially through the summer

2/1/2011 4:18:02 PM

Only when very hot and horses sweating

2/1/2011 4:15:24 PM

Year round. Makes me feel better with my horse drinking well

2/1/2011 4:02:13 PM

in the dead heat of summer

2/1/2011 4:02:04 PM

Use during competition (competitive trail riding) if weather warrants; just access to salt at home

2/1/2011 4:01:22 PM

Yes but only if sweating heavily 2 hours or more. Otherwise I add 2 tblsps plain salt to grain

2/1/2011 3:59:20 PM

just sodium chloride sometimes potassium if I think he might be heading for a problem with colic

2/1/2011 3:56:00 PM

only when showing or performing in hot weather

2/1/2011 3:53:34 PM

Only when she is working hard and it's very hot.

2/1/2011 3:52:02 PM


2/1/2011 3:47:45 PM

But only when he loses an extreme amount of sweat

2/1/2011 3:45:55 PM

Not unless they are working really hard in hot weather .

2/1/2011 3:44:06 PM


2/1/2011 3:43:52 PM

when competing and give loose sea salt at home

2/1/2011 3:42:36 PM

Predominently for travelling and summer work, but occasionally in winter to encourage water consumpt

2/1/2011 3:42:25 PM

I live in GA, and give all horses a pinch year round to encourage adequate intake

2/1/2011 3:41:58 PM

We do use VitaPlus daily.

2/1/2011 3:41:54 PM

My horse always has access to salt and mineral blocks both in his stall and in the pasture.

2/1/2011 3:40:01 PM

I normally provide them based on temperature and activity levels, not all the time.

2/1/2011 3:38:13 PM

Only in the summer months.

2/1/2011 3:36:45 PM

When horses are worked in hot humid weather and before and during travel we supplement electrolytes.

2/1/2011 3:34:36 PM

amount goes down in winter but do this year-around!

2/1/2011 3:31:39 PM

Use during hot summer months

2/1/2011 3:26:04 PM

VERY rarely. Only if worked extremely hard and has sweat a lot.

2/1/2011 3:20:52 PM

Typically only after exercise

2/1/2011 3:19:37 PM

We use Foxden Tractgard daily

2/1/2011 3:19:35 PM

We soak thier hay in it in the summer months here in Florida

2/1/2011 3:17:18 PM

mostly during the summer and during the winter if I see they are not drinking enough water.

2/1/2011 3:16:25 PM

my mules don't work that hard:)

2/1/2011 3:15:32 PM

we have thbds.racing, so we feed electrolytes daily.

2/1/2011 3:14:55 PM

orange flavor

2/1/2011 3:13:18 PM

in hot weather

2/1/2011 3:12:58 PM

only when necessary -- as in very heavy work on a hot day

2/1/2011 3:12:33 PM

Mostly in summer when he's sweating a lot.

2/1/2011 3:10:16 PM

When the weather either changes up or down 15 to 20 degrees, they are supplemented with electrolytes

2/1/2011 3:09:35 PM


2/1/2011 3:08:06 PM

Yes, during working periods

2/1/2011 3:06:57 PM

During summer competition

2/1/2011 3:04:24 PM

hard work & hot weather or lots of snow to encourage drinking

2/1/2011 3:03:08 PM

Only during intense exercise

2/1/2011 3:01:24 PM

In frigid winter temps, I give them a half tsp loose salt w/their grain.

2/1/2011 2:55:28 PM

Only when the weather is really hot and I want my horse to drink more H2O.

2/1/2011 2:55:23 PM

Yes, they get Gatoraide after a workout & as a noon drink when there is a long period of extreme col

2/1/2011 2:53:48 PM

I live in a warm climate and my horse works hard so I supplement to make sure she gets her salt.

2/1/2011 2:51:28 PM

only when extra is needed, like hot summer hard workouts.

2/1/2011 2:01:34 PM

They have salt and minerals available.

2/1/2011 1:15:31 PM

Only when I plan a fairly strenuous trail ride and know there will be water on the trail

2/1/2011 12:52:03 PM

specifically before & during a big trip

2/1/2011 10:51:11 AM

I live in Florida, and use electrolytes during the summertime.

2/1/2011 9:51:23 AM

Occasionally. Depends on the circumstances, stress or work load for the horses.

2/1/2011 9:43:19 AM

If he sweats when he works or he's at an event, he gets electrolytes.

2/1/2011 9:25:00 AM