It’s that time of summer when colic can hit tired, dehydrated horses and sand often builds in horses pastured in sandy paddocks.  Two of our favorite products recommended by our veterinarians are BlueLite electrolite pellets and Sand Clear Crumbles.

Equine BlueLite Pellets are so tasty, you don’t even have to top dress them on feed.  Just pour a scoop in each horses bucket for them to receive added nutrients and electrolytes.  Our horses go straight to drinking a lot of water after eating the pellets, which is a reassuring process after a hard day of polo.

In addition to having a balanced salt block available near the horses’ water, BlueLite pellets provides instant results when your horse needs it most to restores the essential nutrients lost during heavy workout and improves recovery time.  While other remedies such as Morton Lite Salt also provides electrolites, we think the BlueLite pellets are worth the extra money for their ease of use.  The pellets provide salt and potassium chloride blended with iodide and a free-flowing agent.   BlueLite is a balanced electrolyte formula which is easily digestible, non-abrasive, and contains essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Top dress Equine BlueLite Powder on the grain ration according to the degree of dehydration based on the following pony/horse weight:

  • 300-600 lbs – Routine or Mild Activity (1-2 oz daily), Extensive Activity (2-3 oz daily)
  • 600-900 lbs – Routine or Mild Activity (3-4 oz daily), Extensive Activity (4-6 oz daily)
  • 900-1200 lbs – Routine or Mild Activity (5-6 oz daily), Extensive Activity (6-10 oz daily)
  • 1200 + lbs – Routine or Mild Activity (7-8 oz daily), Extensive Activity (8-10 oz daily)

Bluelite can be ordered online from many sources: http://www.techmixglobal.com/equine-bluelite

Sand Clear pellets contain psyllium seed husk, a natural fiber that increases ration bulk. Recommended by veterinarians for horses that are fed grass on sand, psyllium absorbs water in the intestines to form a gel-like substance which increases bulk, softens stools and keeps things moving smoothly through the intestinal tract. The pellets are so tasty horses just eat it out of the pail, no need to dress with sweet feed.  For an average size (1,000 lb.) adult horse – mix in one scoop (5 oz.) to 1.5 scoops of SandClear (5 oz. scoop enclosed) with daily grain ration for one full week (7 days) out of every month. Feed less to ponies, yearlings and foals; more to larger horses and draft breeds.

Sand Clear can be ordered online from many sources:

http://www.kvsupply.com/sand-clear-crumbles-10-pounds/&refcode=Froogle&CAWELAID=983666983&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CMLn752toLkCFalAMgodlgcAUw