sweats, such as sodium, calcium and potassium. Usually delivered as a powder over grain or an oral paste, an electrolyte won’t rehydrate a horse, but it will make him thirsty enough to want a drink. Follow the dosing and feeding directions on the label. If your horse
For the answer, turn to page 25. still doesn’t drink within an hour of a dose, check in with your veterinarian.
No matter how worried you are, do not try to force your horse to drink with a hose or syringe full of water. Not only are you unlikely to get enough water into him to make a difference, but there’s a very real chance of getting water into his respiratory system. If you are worried enough about your horse drinking that you’re tempted to try a hose or syringe, consult with your veterinarian.
WHAT JOINTS MEAN
They may sound alarming, but periodic pops or clicks coming from the joints of a comfortable, sound horse are nothing to fret about. Noisy joints in horses are caused by the same physiological process that allows you to “crack” your knuckles: Stretching of the joint capsule releases gas within the fluid rapidly. After a period of time, the gases return and you can crack the same joint again.
The equine joints you are most likely to hear crack are the highly mobile ones closest to your perch in the saddle: knees, hocks and stifles. Occasionally you may hear a pop from a joint in the back or neck.
Regardless of its location, cracking