Effects of oral electrolyte supplementation on endurance horses competing in 80 km rides.
F Sampieri, HC Schott, KW Hinchcliff, RJ Geor, E Jose-Cunilleras
Equine Vet J Suppl | Published : 2006
REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: There is no evidence that use of oral electrolyte pastes enhances performance in competing endurance horses. OBJECTIVE: To ascertain whether oral administration of a high dose (HD) of sodium chloride (NaCl) and potassium chloride (KCl) to endurance horses would differentially increase water intake, attenuate bodyweight (bwt) loss and improve performance when compared to a low dose (LD). METHODS: A randomised, blinded, crossover study was conducted on 8 horses participating in two 80 km rides (same course, 28 days apart). Thirty minutes before and at 40 km of the first ride 4, horses received orally 02 g NaCl/kg bwt and 0.07 g KCl/kg bwt. The other 4 received 0.0..View full abstract