KAUFFMAN’S® Hydromax™ is a proprietary blend of protein, essential minerals, lactose and glycine to help maintain adequate equine hydration and muscle function in all equine athletes. Hydromax ingredients also provide the benefits of whey protein for muscle support and hydration purposes needed by sport horses before and after exercise.
Hydromax contains proven hydration ingredients (salt and potassium chloride) formulated to provide the proper amounts and ratios of sodium (Na), potassium (K) and chloride (Cl). This basis for traditional electrolyte formulations has been uniquely combined with calcium acetate, lactose, fenugreek, magnesium oxide, and glycine to provide calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), amino acids from whey protein concentrate and energy to help replace fluid lost through sweat and support energy production at a cellular level.
It is also available as Hydromax Paste for easy, on the go administration!
Signs Your Horse Needs Hydration Support
Regularly checking the consistency and appearance of a horse’s manure is one way to tell if a horse needs hydrated. Horses presenting hard, dry manure for more than two days may need more water and electrolytes. Lethargy, lack of appetite, higher-than-normal body temperature, sunken flanks and rapid respiration are additional symptoms that could indicate your horse’s hydration levels are not where they should be.
To see if your horse needs hydrated, pinch a large skin fold at the middle of the horse’s neck. If the skin easily snaps back after letting go, the horse’s levels are fine. However, skin that remains folded for more than two seconds may indicate that the horse needs to drink more water and an electrolyte like Hydromax.
How to Make a Horse Drink Water
Some horse owners try flavoring water with sugar-free Kool-Aid, powdered Gatorade or apple juice to entice their horse to drink more water. This may work with some horses, but doesn’t usually solve the long-term problem of maintaining good horse hydration. Including supplements that can be top dressed or mixed in water, like Hydromax to keep horses hydrated is the best way to ensure your horse drinks the recommended five to 10 gallons of water daily.
Why Won’t My Horse Drink Water
Ruling out illness or disease is the first step in determining why a horse isn’t drinking enough water. Healthy horses that avoid water are probably just being finicky, leaving it up to the owner to figure out why their horse isn’t drinking enough water.
Common Reasons Why Horses Stop Drinking Water
Horses are used to their routine at home. Water sources that smell or taste different than what they are used to drinking could be why they are reluctant to drink. This often happens when horses are traveling and owners must use different water containers and unfamiliar water sources.
Diets lacking in sodium. Achieving the correct balance of salt in your horse’s diet is necessary to stimulate an appropriate thirst response that makes the horse want to drink water. Since salt blocks offer highly variable amounts of sodium, veterinarians recommend enriching a horse’s diet with nutrient-rich salt supplements.
Water provided at an unappealing temperature. Horses prefer cool water in the summer and slightly warm water in the winter. Clean your horse’s watering system or bucket out every few days to prevent algae growth and mosquito proliferation.
Water provided in different containers. If your horse is used to drinking from a certain trough or bucket and you suddenly replace his old drinking bucket with a new one, he may balk at the change and refuse to drink water.
Your Questions Answered
Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Acetate, Lactose, Fenugreek Seed, Magnesium Oxide, Whey Protein Concentrate, Glycine.
Light-to-Moderate sweating or exercise : 1 ounce per day
Heavy-to-Intense sweating or exercise: 2 ounces per day
Top dress over feed or mix 1 ounce per minimum 2 quarts clear, fresh water.
Some ingredients may float when mixed with water.
Note: The enclosed 20 cc scoop holds 1 ounce when level full. When using Hydromax always allow horses access to fresh water.
|Per lb||Per 2 oz|
|Crude Protein, min.||1.75%||992 mg|
|Glycine, min.||1.00%||566 mg|
|Calcium (Ca), min.||1.70%||964 mg|
|Calcium (Ca), max.||1.80%||1,020 mg|
|Magnesium (Mg), min.||1.00%||566 mg|
|Potassium (K), min.||12.75%||7,228 mg|
|Salt (NaCl), min.||57.00%||32,318 mg|
|Salt (NaCl), max.||58.00%||32,886 mg|
- Excessive sweating
- Environmental changes
- Animals under stress
- Horses in light to intense exercise
- Working and driving horses