The majority of a mature horse’s body weight is composed of water, 62 – 68% to be precise! Unsurprisingly, water plays a key role in maintaining many different systems, including: blood and plasma volume, gastric motility, gastrointestinal tract lubrication and secretions, thermoregulation, connective tissue, skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as acting as a transport mechanism for dissolved substances. Therefore, it is vital to maintain adequate hydration levels and this is where electrolyte supplementation can have a beneficial impact (Lindinger and Ecker, 2013).
The heatwave has hit the UK hard this summer with lovely hot sunny days, but on the other hand very hard ground, accompanied by less obvious problems. Everyone thinks about laminitis in the spring and Autumn, with fresh grass growth, warmer days and cool nights. However, in this period where a lot of the UK is seeing drought conditions there are other factors worth considering.
When a pasture becomes stressed, for example due to lack of water and hot conditi
There’s plenty of marketing and claims surrounding feed & supplements but how do you know that what you are feeding is safe and more importantly legal?
When we talk about positive tests in horses people generally associate this just with deliberate doping but this is not the case and many high profile cases have involved feed or supplement contamination.