Monday, March 26, 2007
Special Report: Health News and Information From the AAEP 2006 Convention
by: The Horse.Com
Article # 9190
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Friday, March 23, 2007
>> ... messes with osmotic balance in gut (high concentration of
one dose). <<<
What happened to the old line that if a horse's electrolytes were
depleted, that drinking clear water would disrupt the osmotic balance?
and Steph Answered:
it's been a while since college, so please take my comments as those
lowly rider, not a vet or physiologist.
but - the principle is: water follows salt. wherever the
salt is highest, water will go and seek equilibrium, given the
channel/ability to do so. without enough water the body can't circulate
substrate adequately (blood becomes thick/sludgy) and if the guts are
active (can also be a result of over-exertion)then stuff, including
simply stay in the gut rather than get circulated to the cells that
(or even worse case scenario draw water back into the gut to
the risk of over-hydration (diluting the amount of salt in the body
by drinking too much is (I think) much lower than the risk of
There have been many studies demonstrating that horses lose great
salt during exertion. And we know there are also studies (the French)
demonstrate that drenching with electrolytes doesn't improve
and we know of many cases where horses have done well w/o electrolyte
supplementation. (I just rode 120km in very hot and humid conditions in
Malaysia with no e-lyte supplementation during the ride - the horse
drank/ate all night, hydration was excellent). So this begs the
e-lytes are lost in exertion, but horses can still perform well w/o
supplementation, then why are we told that we must actively replace the
salts that are lost, during the exertion? How do these horses do it w/o
replacement during competition. Is there enough of an e-lyte reserve
fully loaded gut to re-supply the system during exertion?
======== Terry Comments ======
How do these horses do it w/o replacement during competition.
Remember, they are EATING FOOD at the vet checks!
As long as the horse is fit for the distance (this influences how efficiently a horse can regulate temperature and cool off during or after hard workl) and eating/drinking at the vet checks (this replenishes their elytes) as it does normally.
Below from the Texas A&M Univ. "Scientific Principles for Conditioning Race and Performance Horses":
"Horses in moderate condition (body condition score of 5) are better able to effectively use DIETARY and STORED energy specifically toward the performance activity, with a SLOWER ONSET OF FATIGUE and IMPROVED THERMAL REGULATION."
"May the Horse be with you"
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Some horses are so sore they don't want to unload off the trailer. A veterinarian will perform a visual and palpation exam of the back. When a horse is asked to bend, his response is assessed as to whether there is a difference between directions. About 90% of the time, problems are found at the top of the sacrum along the midline.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
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Friday, March 16, 2007
Buenos Aires: Almost every venue that hosts an endurance ride in modern day has a link with the UAE in some form or the other. That the UAE is one of the leading endurance nations is a well confirmed fact but the impetus it has provided to the sport, even far-flung ranches in this part of the world have felt the positive ripple-effect.
Horses have been part of the cultures here but breeding of Arabian horses in the recent past have become more focused. And during the regional, national and international championships, owners participate with a double aim - victory on one side but more importantly they hope that their horses will be roped in by prospective buyers.
Today's World Endurance Championship for Junior and Young Riders is no exception. A day prior to this the Argentine National Championship ride was held and it was more a display of the young and promising endurance horses, mainly Arabian, on offer.
Quite a few riders and stable representatives from the UAE and other endurance nations are here on a poaching mission.
And ranch owners and breeders like the Garcias from Uruguay are looking forward to sell prospective endurance stars. "We have 32 stallions which cater to both show horses, endurance horses and race horses," said Federico Garcia, owner of El Oasis, a 6000-acre ranch breeding Arabian horses since 1939 in Paysandu, north of Uruguay. "Our horses have total freedom and graze freely with the cattle and sheep. The gauchos ride them and once we realise their potential then they are broken and trained in that particular sport - shows, endurance or racing.
"The fact that they are free in a natural environment have helped in them becoming better endurance horses," said Garcia Sr., who has sold 18 horses to the Al Aasfa stables based in Uruguay, owned by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Ro Fabiola the best
Ro Fabiola, which emerged as the top-ranked horse in the tough UAE domestic season of 2005-06 is another product of Uruguay.
Initially Arabian horses bred in Australia, the US and South Africa apart from France and Spain were in great demand.
Now the focus has shifted to Arabian bred horses from Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.