It’s not about feeding more electrolytes. It’s about making them work properly.
If the exact correct balance of electrolytes is not present in the horse’s normal perspiration, then the protection against normal skin microbes entering some of the millions of sweat ducts in the skin is lost. Microbes enter the ducts and the immune reaction to their presence blocks the duct.
Equiwinner patches reset electrolyte balance to optimum in 10 days. This can reverse the immune reaction and unblock the sweat ducts. The horse should begin sweating naturally and results can last for up to one year.
Equiwinner patches contain only natural balanced electrolytes and nothing goes into the body of the horse. There are no side effects.
WATCH what happens when sweat is efficient.
More about Non-sweating (Anhidrosis):
The horse is one of the few mammals that, like humans, relies on skin sweating as the main method of cooling during heat or exercise. The greater muscle mass and the greater work rate of the horse, than of humans, results in much greater heat production during exercise. Also the horse has less skin surface area, proportional to weight, for cooling evaporation than humans.
The horse has evolved to be able to travel rapidly for long distances in the heat, needing only drinking water at intervals. In order for a horse to work and perform to the maximum of its ability, the carefully balanced sweating mechanism which has evolved, has to be working efficiently.
If the sweating system is not working efficiently, then the horse’s ability to perform at its best will be limited, and often the horse may not be able to work, or will be severely limited with instances of refusal to perform at all. Sweating, which is often ignored, is also extremely important for the horse’s health and welfare.
How do we know whether the horse is sweating properly? The sweat glands operate in two distinct ways. The first is called insensible perspiration. Insensible perspiration continues at all times, day and night. This low level perspiration keeps the skin moist and is well known as the sign of a healthy horse. The perspiration contains protective anti-microbial peptides, which are necessary to prevent any infective microbes from entering the skin.
If the horse has reduced insensible perspiration, then the skin and coat will appear dull and dry, the sign of an unhealthy horse. Proper sweating is also associated with proper hydration of the skin, and of the muscles of the horse. The test for hydration is to take a large pinch of skin on the flank between the thumb and forefinger. This is known as ‘tenting’. On release of the ‘tent’, properly hydrated skin will spring flat again. Insufficiently hydrated skin will take a couple of seconds or more to go flat. Assuming the horse has water available, and is drinking, then poor body hydration means that attention is needed to the sweating system for insensible perspiration.
The second way in which the sweat ducts work is to produce copious sweat for cooling. As the horse warms up from hot temperatures and/or exercise, the sweat glands at the front of the horse start to push out this copious sweat to start the cooling process. As the exercise continues, or the temperature rises, more and more of the millions of sweat glands become activated in the output of sweat. This starts with the sweat glands on the front of the horse, progressing along the body of the horse to the rear. Horse sweat contains a white protein often called lather, which helps the sweat to stick to the coat, so that the cooling effect lasts a little longer.
So proper second level copious sweating should produce a damp skin along the whole length of the body. How long it takes for the whole body to become damp depends on the length of time of exercise and the temperature. On a warm day it would typically be about 30 minutes, but much longer on a cold day.
You can test your horse for proper sweating. When the horse is thoroughly warmed up, push the fingers into the coat. Dampness should be felt along the whole length of the body.
The best way to get proper insensible perspiration and efficient copious sweating for cooling is to ensure your horse’s electrolytes are working properly. Equiwinner is guaranteed to restore optimum electrolyte balance to support efficient sweating. Once the 10 day treatment is completed, the effect is long lasting and only has to be repeated every spring. Some trainers of high performance horses, particularly racehorses, use Equiwinner two or three times a year as an assurance of continuous peak performance.
Can Healthy & Fit Horses Handle the Heat Well?
Equine athletes, like their human counterparts, are frequently required to exercise and compete in hot humid conditions. Competitions that require sustained, strenuous effort are being held in locations and during seasons with hot humid conditions that have the potential to result in severe, exercise-related heat stress. There is a need to prepare equine athletes for competition in such adverse climatic conditions. Equiwinner now provides an easy and effective way of quickly adapting the horse to competition performance in heat.
Even the FEI is concerned about horses competing in extreme heat. Read more about that here.
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