You can lead a horse to water, but can you be sure he does?
Remember the horses body is approximately 70% water and is an essential nutrient, meaning that a horse cannot survive for very long without it.
What are a few ways you can help to make sure your equine partner is getting sufficient water into their system?
Some are very easy:
Give your horse access to clean water.
Take familiar water with you if traveling away from home.
Add salt to your horse's diet.
Soak your horse's hay and grain, again a great fix if you are trailering
Cool your horse off, after work or even on a hot day to in the field to minimize heat stress.
Ensure your horse gets salts and minerals in form of blocks, free choose and electrolytes. Our electrolyte of choice is Buckeye Perform N Win . Click on the pic for more info.
What are the signs that maybe your horse is not getting enough fluids.
How do we check for that if we aren't able to do a visual check. Maybe your stable has an auto watering system or he/she is in a herd out in the field where each individual is difficult to monitor, this last one goes for feed/hay as well by the way.
Horses normally consume between 5 and 15 gallons of water during a 24 hr period. With a stabled horse this is easy to monitor as in general we use 5 - gallon buckets. During the summer months I always make sure they have 2 five gallon buckets if stalled for any length of time, some people add a bucket of electrolyte water as well especially if the horse is working hard.
I personally offer electrolytes all year round as during the Fall/Winter with the increase of hay and pastures offering less moisture it is more likely to see an increase in impaction colic.
Signs of dehydration:
Fails pinch test (When skin is pinched near base of the horse's neck for 2 seconds, then released, it should return to normal immediately.)
Sluggish activity and loss of glossy coat.
Muscle spasms and signs of pain.
Lack of saliva resulting in decreased feed intake.
Impaction colic or constipation
What about you? Are you taking care of yourself ? See below!
Are you, the rider, taking care of your Hydration needs ?
Water plays many important roles within the body. Water is the major part of most of the body’s cells (except for fat cells) and it also cushions and lubricates the brain and the joints. It transports nutrients and carries waste away from the body cells. It also helps regulate body temperature by redistributing heat from active tissues to the skin and cooling the body through perspiration.
How many times do you head for the barn in the morning, coffee in hand, but you don't drink a glass of water before leaving the house. Hands up if this is you !
Drinking a glass or two of water first thing is probably the best thing you can do for your body. Remember you have been sleeping for a good 6 - 8 hours which is a long time without water.
One of the biggest indicators of lethargy or low energy in the morning or anytime is that you are dehydrated.
My go to in the morning is adding an electrolyte to my water. I try to drink that before I do anything else, mainly because if I don't do it then I will forget. Sigh!
Since I have been doing this I find myself much more ready to face the day and my energy level is so much better.
My favorite is Electrolyte Fizz . Click on the links below to check out all the yummy flavors!
Cottage Farm Inc. is super excited to join the Summit Joint Performance team as a representative. Summit Joint Performance is the purest form of Chondroitin 4 Sulfate ever developed. It is naturally derived and has a low molecular weight, allowing it to penetrate barriers of the body with ease. Summit was originally developed for use in human corneal transplant surgeries. Doctors and scientists were looking for a product that would reduce inflammation in the eye after surgery. Later, after additional research, it was discovered to have incredible effects on the joints of horses and dogs. • Summit contains only pure Chondroitin 4 Sulfate and sterile water (adjusted for pH) • No contraindications for pregnancy or other conditions • One-year shelf life • Requires no refrigeration – not affected by heat or cold • All shipments include needles and syringes • Safe even for daily administration • Dramatically reduces inflammation due to excessive exercise • Increases comfort and mobility • FEI and USEF compliant • 5% discount on subscription service
Want more info? Give me a call or email or go to my Summit website to find out more and read or watch video testimonials on how this great product has improved many equine and canine lives.
Measuring 24" x 35" this large pemf pad is used for many purposes by our customers. It has a pre-programmed compact control box that is also fully changeable in intensity, time and frequency so you can personalize for specific purposes.
It fits nicely in a crate for canine therapy but we also have clients that use it for themselves or their equine partners. Great for agility dogs for maintenance, preparation and post competition. Have an older dog that has arthritis or other health issues? Keep them comfortable with regular sessions on the pad.
I have people that use the pad for themselves. One customer uses it on long drives to keep his back pain at bay. Another that broke her tailbone and used it as part of her rehabilitation. Yet another that uses as part of her well-being routine to help improve blood flow.
Equine use: under a surcingle on the saddle area or in girth area, lay it across the hips before riding to improve blood flow around S.I and Glutes. At a price point that is more affordable it makes it a great piece of equipment to have in the barn/house. Please always check with the veterinarian or medical doctor if you have concerns. https://www.cottagefarminc.com/store/p279/PEMF_LARGE_PAD_%2FDOG_BED.html#/
I am happy to announce I have now completed my training in Advanced Equine Sports Massage through Animal Dynamics. My head is spinning somewhat, but I hope to do more continuing education to provide the best service and results for my clients. President of Animal Dynamics, Don Doran and his wife Lisa have a plethora of first hand knowledge and expertise. They have both treated a myriad of top athletes, human and equine, and humbly pass on that hard earned experience in their classes. If you're in Florida and are getting ready for season and want your equine partner to be willing, eager and ready to take on the competition give me a call or email to set up an appointment. As always feel free to comment/ask questions below .
Here at Cottage Farm we use a variety modalities to assist with injury prevention, recovery and rehabilitation. We use and recommend RevitaVet Light Technology which is available in red light only pads and poll cap which are very simple to use, portable and super lightweight and red/infrared , 7 program IR2 and IR2 Complete, and an add on to this system is hoof pads.
Our highlight here is the RevitaVet IR2. The photo below shows the unit being used on the fetlocks . The fetlock is ahigh motion joint, even relatively mild arthritis can adversely affect performance. The 2 pads can be easily used on multiple locations such as coronet bands, vertically for tendons, horizontally on hocks . If using for wound healing we suggest covering the LEDS with cling cover to keep applicator clean.
Red light is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage. RLT is different from laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies because it doesn’t cause damage to the skin surface.
Visible red light, at a wavelength of 630-660 nanometers penetrates tissue to a depth of about 8-10 mm (approx. 3/8th") It is very beneficial in treating problems close to the surface such as wounds, cuts, activate trigger and acupuncture points and is particularly effective in treating infections. Infrared light (800-1000nm) penetrates to a depth of about 30-40 mm ( approx. 1.6"in) which makes it more effective in the treatment of joints, deep muscle, tendons etc.
RevitaVet™ IR2 Specs and Features
6″ x 3.5″ = 21 in. sq. treatment area per array Approx. 1 joule delivery per minute per cm. sq.