Kentucky Performance Products: Dangerous Dehydration

When it is hot out, exercise and other stressors can lead to dangerous dehydration.

Photo courtesy of Kentucky Performance Products

Horses generate a tremendous amount of heat in their bodies when they exercise or when they are stressed. As the core body temperature rises, the sweat response is triggered. Sweat is nature’s way of cooling the horse’s body. Sweat is made up of fluid and electrolytes, so when horses sweat they lose both water and minerals.

Riding can lead to dehydration when a horse is unable to rehydrate adequately during and after exercise. The same holds true when a horse is shipped or put in a stressful situation that causes reduced water intake and sweating.

Dehydration leads to changes within the horse’s body that signal his system to begin shutting down. Making matters worse, dehydration actually decreases the thirst response, so horses stop drinking. Maintaining proper hydration is extremely important not only to optimal performance but to the overall well-being of your horse.

The administration of a well-balanced electrolyte, such as Summer Games, will lower the risk of exercise-related or stress-induced dehydration. Summer Games replenishes lost minerals and triggers the thirst response.

About Kentucky Performance Products, LLC:

Fight back against colic and digestive upset.

Neigh-Lox® Advanced provides a scientifically advanced blend of ingredients that work synergistically to maintain your horse’s digestive tract in peak condition by supporting both the gastrointestinal tissues and the beneficial bacteria that populate the gut. Maintaining a healthy digestive tract reduces the risk of colonic and gastric ulcers, colic, laminitis related to hindgut acidosis, and oxidative stress that damages digestive tract tissues themselves. Horses with a well-balanced GI tract have good appetites, absorb more nutrients from their diets, maintain a strong immune system, and stay healthier.

The horse that matters to you matters to us®. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? We are here to help. Contact Kentucky Performance Products, LLC at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at