Hydration for Horse and Rider
Updated: Aug 20
Proper Hydration for horses and riders has been a hot topic currently and for good reason. There is more to hydration than just water and a proper hydrated team is a happy team!
HYDRATION FOR HORSES
What is the most essential nutrient to a horse? If you said “WATER” than you are correct!
It is common knowledge that horses are comprised of 70% water. So knowing that water is important to your horse’s health and performance, you always have water available to them.
Yet somehow they just aren't drinking enough.
With horses having a tremendous sense of both smell and taste, most equine enthusiasts fail to realize how selective their animals are. Oftentimes, when traveling with horses, they can be seen inspecting the foreign water they are being offered rather than drinking.
After splashing it around tasting and smelling it, they will sooner dehydrate themselves if the water tastes foul or smells strange.
The Horse Hydrator provides an easy and affordable way to eliminate these strange tastes and smells.
So even after making sure the water is clean and free of smells and bad taste, they still require more hydration. How do you achieve this?
PROPER HYDRATION INCLUDES ELECTROLYTES
Don’t be fooled. Many people believe that horses require more hydration in the summer months, and that couldn’t be more untrue. In excessive hot or cold weather horses benefit from consistent and adequate electrolyte support.
Just as for people, salt is not enough for horses competing, or under stressful conditions where electrolytes are more rapidly being lost through sweat. Electrolytes make it so that the water your horse drinks, makes it to the cells that need it.
Electrolyte supplements are often thought to be needed only by top-level athletes, especially those competing in body taxing events, but in truth any horse who sweats for any prolonged period of time can deplete these vital minerals to critical levels.
It is well documented that electrolyte deficiencies are common causes of tying up syndrome and muscle cramping in track, endurance athletes and high stressful sports.
It is important to be aware of quality when picking electrolyte supplementation. Choose human grade ingredients instead of dirty feed grade. Quality ensures to further support the most stressed biochemically stressed pathways.
The 2 Electrolytes for horses that we have on hand at all times are:
Electrolyte paste contains over 60 essential Redmond minerals, plus vitamins A, B, D, and E, targeted to improve hydration, health, energy and performance of hard-working horses.
This fast-acting syringe is easy to use—plus horses love the minty taste of the paste! Perfect for traveling, taking on the trail, or dosing quickly before stressful situations or at the first sign of dehydration.
Pure & Complete Electrolytes Supplement that you just add to your horse’s feed to enhance hydration and performance.
Make sure the water they do drink is Clean!
We always have this easily attachable filter with us everywhere we go, the Horse Hydrator
This easily attachable filter not only rids the water of foul tastes and smells allowing horses to drink more. In addition, chlorine, soluble heavy metals, iron and hydrogen sulfide are significantly reduced in the filtration process.
This product will help to reduce injury that can be caused from dehydration and consuming the harmful elements listed above. Even a minor decrease in the horse's intake of water can cause major decreases in performance.
“Pure Water is the World's First and Foremost Medicine.” - Unknown
HYDRATION FOR RIDERS
You are only as strong as your weakest link. It is ever important for you to be functioning at peak performance just as much as your horse. Supporting your body with electrolytes while riding is key.
It is said that to stay hydrated you are to drink half your body weight in ounces. Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, affect mood, productivity and are key for digestion and our elimination systems.
The future of Hydration! I started drinking Green2o because I was looking for a good quality electrolyte, unhealthy energy drinks weren’t cutting it (high in sugar and lacking in trace minerals and electrolytes). Living in the heat has always been a struggle, because we like to ride and enjoy the outdoors in every season. I needed to find something to support my body with everything that it was losing when sweating.
Since finding and consuming Green2o, I no longer struggle with dehydration in the hot or cold.
Green2o is rich in trace minerals, contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Contains healthy soluble fibers which help balance blood sugar levels.
Benefits of Green2o:
• Delicious hydration
• Natural detoxifier
• Supports healthy digestion
• Alkaline pH-balanced
• Natural fulvic minerals
• Powerful antioxidant
• Electrolytes for recovery
• Heart-healthy resveratrol and proanthocyanidins
• Natural energy booster
One of the biggest reasons I picked up this product was for the ingredient Fulvic Acid aka Fulvic Minerals. I have read and studied Fulvic Acid for many years and have always searched for a quality source. One of the many health features that makes Fulvic Acid so beneficial is that it’s the most powerful natural electrolyte.
“Fulvic Acid is termed a Super Cell Conductor – it has the vital capability of realizing the potential of all nutrients we consume. When minerals and trace elements from food come into contact with Fulvic Acid, they are dissolved into a form that makes them more active and more available to the body. These minerals fuse with Fulvic Acid and because of its small molecular size, it has the ability to take these nutrients directly to all the cells of our bodies. Additionally, Fulvic Acid makes the cells more permeable and receptive to these nutrients. Essentially, Fulvic Acid mobilizes food to become our medicine.“ - Shabir Daya
When your team is properly hydrated, the sky's the limit for performance goals. As the rider it is your responsibility to educate yourself on hydration for you and your horse so remember, “Rider Education leads to proper Hydration”- Saddle and Sage
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