An important consequence of sweating is the loss of large amounts of water and minerals, also known as electrolytes. Electrolytes are various building blocks that are important for many functions in the horse's body. If this loss is not compensated for, it has a negative effect on performance and can lead to health problems.

Did you know that horses cannot store electrolytes? Therefore, it is important to administer them at the right time.


Especially in the summer, electrolytes are on the diet. Of course, because at this time of year the horse sweats regularly. But your horse also sweats in other seasons. Just think of the strenuous workout indoors on a cold winter day.

However, you do not have to provide your horse with electrolytes every day. Do this whenever your horse has sweated - regardless of temperature or season.

understanding is key

The average body temperature of a horse horse is between 36 and 37 degrees. Under load, the body generates energy, this energy is then converted into heat. Your horse maintains its body temperature by dissipating excess heat. This is done in two ways: once through the lungs and once through the skin. By sweating. So sweating is healthy for your horse as it helps him cool down faster. Replenish your horse's moisture reserves in time to prevent dehydration. Make sure your horse always has access to fresh drinking water. If needed, give him a supplement with electrolytes to quickly replenish important building blocks and minerals.


You cannot tell from the color of your horse's sweat how many electrolytes are lost through it.The color of sweat is determined in part by the protein latherin. This ensures that sweat can be more easily wicked away from the horse through the coat and evaporates more quickly. This is important because the horse's coat does not let moisture through easily.

Do you see that your horse's sweat is white and maybe even foaming? Then don't worry: this is the latherin that helps your horse cool down faster.

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