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Re: How much salt?

Hi Kathy,

Electrolytes are designed to replace what has been lost through perspiration. However, the horse must be in good sodium balance prior to their use. So, plain, white salt, in the form of a salt block or adding table salt to each meal, is important.

If your horse is sweating due to exercise or due to seasonal heat, adding an electrolyte preparation according to directions, is best. Electrolytes can be added to one gallon of water, but fresh, clean water should always be available. Electrolytes should never be added to a normal water supply.

Most supplements contain a large amount of sugar, so I would avoid those. Quench by Horsetech is excellent.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Thanks for the easy to follow advice on salt needed for my horse. How and when do I give electroylytes? Do you recommend a certain brand? Thanks again.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO