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Electrolyte losses in endurance horses linked to comfort index - Full Article

February 16, 2023

The importance of weather conditions in terms of electrolyte losses among horses competing in endurance competitions is highlighted in a just-published study.

The research centered on equestrian competitions in Uruguay, known as the Raid Uruguayo. Rides include distances of 80, 90, 95, and 115 kilometres. Horses must cover two-thirds of the required distance in the first phase, and the rest in the second phase.

There is one mandatory rest period, with veterinary controls, between both phases. Winning horses average speeds between 24kmh and 34kmh.

Although it is a competitive sport, the primary goal for most competitors is the completion of the ride.

Gonzalo Marichal and his fellow researchers, reporting in the journal Animals, examined the hydroelectrolytic parameters of 900 horses that participated in such rides in a calendar year under different climatic conditions...

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