Q:
How do I get proper hydration in my endurance horse?

A:
This is a familiar problem for endurance horses. Hydration is tested for by "tenting" the skin, but the skin is an indication of hydration throughout the body. The muscles, in particular, need full hydration for the exertion involved in endurance events. If the vet estimates hydration at only level 2 or 3, the horse may be close to being eliminated from the event.

Paradoxically, a fully hydrated horse will readily drink water when it is offered, whereas a horse which has deficient body hydration often has to be persuaded to drink even a little water, or will refuse altogether.

A course of Equiwinner will restore full hydration and the horse will be eager to drink water. The beneficial effect of Equiwinner in properly balancing body fluids usually lasts a whole year.