Effects of the daily administration of a rehydrating supplement to Trotter horses
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The article discusses various aspects related to thermoregulation, with special reference to water and electrolyte losses. The authors subjected four 3-4 year old trotter horses used in competition to three tests simulating a 2000 m race. In the first test horses were not given a rehydrating supplement (Control diet). At the time of the second and third test, the control diet also included a rehydrating supplement, which the horses received for one day (Test 2) or 12 days (Test 3). The authors concluded that changes in weight and in blood parameters (pH, packed cell volume (PCV), lactic acid, Na+, K+, Cl-, LDH, AST, GSH-Px, antioxidant power) indicate a favorable effect of rehydrating supplements on muscle condition, especially when administered systematically.
Keywords: exercise; oxidative stress; electrolytes.
Falaschini, A., Marangoni, G., Rizzi, S. and Trombetta, M.F. 2005. Effects of the daily administration of a rehydrating supplement to Trotter horses. J. Equine Sci. 16: 1-9.
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