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Conference abstract, 2004

Effects of low and high sodium intakes in exercising horses

Jansson, Anna


Horses lose large amounts sodium (Na) through sweat during exercise. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of a low or high daily Na intake on recovery after exercise. Four trained horses were fed a diet unsupplemented (low) or supplemeneted with 0.18 g NaCl/kg bwt/day (high) for three weeks each, in a change over design. There was no retention of Na on the high Na diet. The plasma volume was reduced on the low Na diet, indicating that Na balance was challenged. In addition, the horses on the low diet were not able to reduce faecal Na losses following exercise although aldosterone levels were high (3498+/-568 ρmol/l), indicating that the faecal excretion was already maximally reduced. Twentyfour hours after an exercise test (bwt loss of 11-15,5 kg) three out of four horses on the high diet had regained their pre-exercise body weight whereas on the low Na diet only one horse had revovered. In conclusion, this study shows that three weeks without Na supplementation may reduce the plasma volume and delay the recovery after exercise in endurance trained horses

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Publisher: 22nd Conference of European Comparative Endocrinologists


22nd Conference of European Comparative Endocrinologists

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

UKÄ Subject classification

Animal and Dairy Science
Veterinary Science

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