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TRM Electrolyte Gold

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A premium electrolyte supplement containing essential body salts and vitamins in an amino acid and glucose base. The addition of high levels of Vitamins E and C will also protect muscle tissue by eliminating ìfree radicalsî, noxious by-products of exercise. Glycine and Glucose improve the rate of absorption of electrolytes in the gastrointestinal tract. Feed one 50g sachet/day.

How to use TRM Electrolyte Gold

  • Horses in training/competition: One 50g sachet per day.
  • In hot climates and horses in transit: One 50g sachet per day.
  • Horses in light training: One 50g sachet every second day.

Note: Fresh Drinking water should be available at all times.

Complies with Jockey Club & FEI rules

Why are Electrolytes Needed?

A horse can demonstrate enormous tolerance to adversity. So much so, that they can survive a total loss of body fat and up to a 50% loss of body protein. However, a mere loss of only 15% of its body water is fatal.   This clearly demonstrates the necessity to maintain the correct electrolyte and body fluid balance.

Thermoregulation & Electrolytes

The word electrolyte comes from two words. Electron meaning ǃÚchargedǃ٠and lyte meaning ǃÚdissolved inǃÙ. The charged particles, that are dissolved in body fluids are called ions, or more colloquially as body salts. All horses need electrolytes to live. When caring for an athletic horse, the nutrients needed in order of importance are

  1. water
  2. electrolytes
  3. dietary energy

The reason why electrolytes supersede dietary energy in order of importance, is due to thermoregulation requirements. The exercising horse produces a tremendous amount of heat in the muscles. Heat is a by-product of the transduction of potential energy into kinetic energy. This can raise core body temperatures in the horse from 39¿ˆC at rest to temperatures exceeding 42¿ˆC in a matter of minutes. The horse copes with this increase in temperature by sweating large amounts of body fluids to keep cool. Thoroughbreds racing over distances of 1 to 2 miles may lose up to 10 litres of fluids during the warm-up, race and initial recovery period. The substantial loss of fluid and electrolytes associated with sweating at this rate, results in significant adverse effects on thermoregulatory and cardiovascular mechanisms.

Electrolytes are essential for water balance and muscle function. When a horse sweats he loses water, electrolytes and the protein latherin. Sodium, bicarbonates, chloride and potassium are lost in the greatest quantities. Therefore when considering an electrolyte mix, one should look primarily at the content of these electrolytes. Magnesium and calcium are also very important electrolytes, which should be incorporated into a commercial electrolyte supplement. Electrolyte Gold has been formulated to replace these essential electrolytes, in the correct and balanced ratios, to maintain the integrity of physiological and biochemical processes in the body.

Electrolytes are essential for water balance and muscle function. When a horse sweats he loses water, electrolytes and the protein latherin. Sodium, bicarbonates, chloride and potassium are lost in the greatest quantities. Therefore when considering an electrolyte mix, one should look primarily  at the content of these  electrolytes. Magnesium and calcium are also very important electrolytes, which should be incorporated into a commercial electrolyte supplement. Electrolyte Gold has been formulated to replace these essential electrolytes, in the correct and balanced ratios, to maintain the integrity of physiological and biochemical processes in the body.

Type of Work
  • Fast ( short duration / high intensity)
  • Slow ( long duration / low intensity )
Sweat Output
  • Normal
  • Heavy ( 10 ÇƒÏ 30 litres / day )
  • Very heavy ( up to 60 litres / day )
Climatic Conditions
  • Temperature
  • Relative Humidity

Low sodium and chloride levels upset horsesǃ٠fluid balance, making it harder for their body tissues to retain water. When fluid loss is disrupted, they may sweat less or perhaps not at all. This can result in the condition known as anhidrosis or ǃÚdry coatǃÙ. A horse that is ǃÚelectrolyte deficientǃ٠may begin to show unusual eating habits, even going so far as to consume dirt and soil in search of electrolytes. A long term deficiency of electrolytes may lead to a horse developing renal medullary washout. The horse is less able to concentrate urine, resulting in dramatic increases in both water intake and urine output. A horse in hard work may need twice as much electrolyte as one that is resting. ǃ˙Hardworkǃ˘ simply defined, is work that makes the horse sweat significantly. His neck, chest and sides are wet, not just a patch under his saddle. When a horse sweats like this, it loses large amounts of sodium and chloride, as well as potassium, magnesium and calcium. Electrolyte Gold is the optimum electrolyte supplement to use after hardwork or racing.

What is the best method for feeding electrolytes?

1. When giving electrolytes, always use the rationale ǃ˙replace, replace, replace!ǃ˘ One cannot ǃ˙pre-loadǃ˘ a horse with electrolytes. Electrolytes, which include sodium, chloride, potassium, bicarbonates, calcium and magnesium are water soluble. Therefore, any excess will be eliminated via the urinary system. The body is a finely tuned machine that responds to biochemical feedback mechanisms that tell it when it is running too low or too high on electrolytes. This means that the body will crave electrolytes when there has been a significant loss through exercise, temperature or stress, and will eliminate dietary excess immediately. For this reason Electrolyte Gold is designed to give after hard work or racing and competing.

Reasons for fatigue in the performance horse

  1. An electrolyte and water deficit.
  2. Depletion of high energy phosphate reserves.
  3. Accumulation of lactate resulting in a fall in intracellular pH.
  4. Depletion of glycogen stores.

How do the ingredients of Electrolyte Gold help the exercising horse?

Sodium
Sodium maintains blood pressure, which is related to exercise potential. Sodium is lost in significant amounts in heavily sweating horses and dehydrated, diarrhoeic horses. Electrolyte Gold contains a high concentration of sodium to replace these losses.
Potassium
Like sodium, potassium aids osmotic regulation and works in conjunction with sodium to activate the Sodium- Potassium pump. This active transport system is critical for the conduction and transmission of nerve impulses. Potassium is available to horses in adequate quantities if they are foraging on fresh green grass. Stabled horses however, should receive a dietary electrolyte containing a correct ratio of potassium to sodium and chloride.
Calcium
Calcium is a fundamental extracellular electrolyte. Calcium is also a cation that regulates membrane potential which is critical for muscular contraction and relaxation. Even though calcium is relatively dilute in sweat, compared to chloride and sodium, its inclusion in Electrolyte Gold is no less important. Deficiencies of calcium can lead to serious cardiovascular disorders.
Magnesium
Magnesium is the second most abundant cation in intracellular fluid and is an essential body electrolyte. Magnesium is a co-factor in numerous enzyme systems and is involved in phosphate transfer, muscle contractility and neuronal transmission. Reduced levels of magnesium tends to produce neuromuscular excitability.
Chloride
Chloride is the most significant anion in extracellular fluid. A horse that is sweating heavily will lose large amounts of chloride. In order to maintain electrical neutrality, the horse will retain bicarbonate, and metabolic alkalosis (pH > 7.3) may develop. Electrolyte Gold contains a potent source of chloride to maintain isotonic levels in the body. Chloride like sodium is necessary to maintain fluid balance in the body.
Citrates
Citrates are negatively charged molecules that aid in the buffering capacity of a dietary electrolyte mix. Electrolyte Gold contains both bicarbonates and citrates to enhance this activity.
Vitamin E
This vitamin is best known for its antioxidant activity. During intense exercise muscle tissue is oxidised. This is a normal physiological function. However, by-products of oxidation termed ǃÚfree radicalsǃ٠(toxins) are produced during muscular contraction. Vitamin E works by preventing a large build up of these debilitating toxins.
Vitamin C
Vitamin C is also an antioxidant vitamin, which works by protecting muscle tissue after intense exercise. Electrolyte Gold contains these two antioxidant vitamins to aid in its primary role; of keeping the exercising horse fresher for longer.
Glycine
Research has shown that this amino acid can improve the efficacy of dietary electrolyte supplements. Research studies in humans and animals has shown that electrolyte mixes containing glycine and other amino acids work more efficiently and effectively.5
Glucose
The inclusion of glucose has two functional roles.
  1. Glucose is a rapidly metabolised energy source.
  2. Glucose aids in the absorption of electrolytes.

Genetics, breed and conformation are hugely consequential when training an animal. Unfortunately, they are considerations that must be worked with, and cannot be changed. The best training method to use is subjective and will depend on the individual trainer. Feeding is a combination of nutritional and often personal choices. However, one factor that can have a huge influence on the performance of an animal is the feeding of electrolytes. Major alterations of fluid and electrolyte balance adversely affect athletic performance. Electrolyte Gold is a premium electrolyte supplement that should be given to exercising horses to ensure that lost electrolytes are replaced. Health and fitness come from the inside, therefore in order to keep the internal environment of the horse healthy, always offer unlimited electrolytes and fresh water.

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