Water makes up around 65% of a horse’s body mass and is essential for health and performance. It is estimated that as little as 2% dehydration can affect performance but WINERGY Equilibrium® may help to avert it. Research has indicated that fluid stored in the hindgut may provide an additional source of water and electrolytes. It has also shown that horses fed a high fibre diet are less dehydrated after exercise than those fed a diet with limited forage.
Horses lose water continuously through their skin and from their respiratory system but losses are at their highest when sweating during exercise. In hot weather they may lose up to 15 litres of fluid per hour, including vital electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, chloride and calcium. Electrolytes are critical for efficient body function and excessive losses can contribute to serious conditions including Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome (ERS), also known as tying up.
Hannah Briars, WINERGY® nutritionist, said: “The hindgut of a 500kg horse may contain between 35 and 80 litres of fluid which is a source of water and electrolytes during exercise. Higher fibre diets appear to provide higher water-holding capacity, giving the horse a larger reservoir to draw on for more efficient hydration and performance.”
WINERGY Equilibrium® feeds provide a higher fibre diet and all include alfalfa, which is thought to have a better water holding capacity than grass hays. This potentially encourages the development of a larger hindgut fluid reservoir without necessarily adding significant weight.
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