It’s heating up here in Texas and definitely time to be proactive in avoiding heat stress. Hope you enjoy the recipe! ~Dr. Cassie
Sweating is a vital function that helps horses to regulate body temperature. Horse sweat contains a combination of minerals referred to as electrolytes. Electrolytes are responsible for keeping the body properly hydrated so that muscles and nerves can function properly.
Horses lose more electrolytes during sweating than humans do. Horses should have a healthy pattern of sweating in order to stay hydrated and comfortable. It is important to provide electrolytes for your horse so his body can regulate cooling during the high temperatures experienced during summer months.
Ingredients We Want to Understand
Apple – A crunchy fruit with high water content and numerous minerals.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic – An amber liquid derived from fermented apples rich in nutrition.
Sea Salt – Contain naturally occurring minerals such as sodium and trace minerals collectively known as electrolytes.
- 1 small apple, chopped, seeds removed
- 1/3 cup organic apple cider vinegar (organic MUST be used in order to gain the therapeutic benefit from the raw, untreated apple content)
- 1 tablespoon good quality sea salt (you MUST you a quality sea salt that has not been heat treated, nor derived from chemicals in order to reap therapeutic benefits)
- 1 gallon clean water
Combine water, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt in a clean bucket – the larger 12-quart size works very well. Stir the ingredients to mix the salt and water. Drop the chopped apple cubes into the liquid mixture. They will float on top and further encourage drinking. At the end of the day remove any uneaten apple cubes and replace the recipe.
Feeding suggestion: Daily, especially in areas with high humidity
Understanding More About the Synergy
Horses get the thirst signal much slower than humans. In horses, the sweat glands are poor at conserving sodium so even though the horse has lost a large amount of water and sodium, the signal won’t go out for him to “drink” until a serious drop in blood volume happens along with dehydration. This is the time when you think your horse is being stubborn, but in actuality he’s not gotten the signal to drink.
The minerals that compose the electrolyte array are: sodium, chloride, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and even calcium and trace minerals. This recipe provides mineral replacement in a low sugar but tasty way that will encourage your horse to keep drinking in order to prevent dehydration and remain cool and comfortable.
- Apple – Apple adds additional component of moisture content that can help to hydrate your horse. In addition, it contains numerous minerals such as the mineral potassium. The body requires potassium to combine with sodium and chloride so that those minerals may perform their various functions such as allowing fluids into cells. This action relieves muscle cramping and fatigue which can be compounded when your horse is dehydrated.
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic – ACV is a naturally fermented food brimming with minerals and enzyme activity that support digestion and assimilation of other nutrients required to keep the electrolytes in balance.
- Sea Salt – Sea salt is abundant in naturally occurring minerals such as sodium, chloride, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and trace elements. It is a natural substance that has not been heat treated so it is more readily absorbed and assimilated into the blood stream than are processed forms.
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