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Dr. Getty:

The temperature here in Ontario has been in the high 20s/low 30s (Celcius) for over a week. My horses are only in light work - do I need to worry about electrolytes. They have (white) salt blocks in their stalls. What are some guidelines for when and how to feed electrolytes? Thanks!

Where are you from? Ontario, Canada

Re: Electrolytes

Hi Lisa,

If they are only doing light work, having a plain, iodized salt lick in their stalls is adequate. If they do not lick it (and some horses do not), then you should add 2 tablespoons of plain, iodized salt to their food each day.

Electrolytes, beyond salt, are generally unnecessary except in cases where a horse is sweating profusely for many hours during hard work.

Dr. Getty