Did you know? Electrolytes are involved in every physiological process in the horse's body. They conduct electricity and manage all bodily fluids, among other things. All bodily functions depend on conductivity of fluids in and around cells, and since an adult horse's body is composed of roughly 70% water, the horse's body is mostly fluids.
Good health, however, not only depends on electrolyte levels but also on electrolyte activity, on those electrolytes working properly to maintain optimum electrolyte balance in the body to make sure all that water is more than just wet.
And researchers have found that simply providing electrolytes doesn't guarantee they'll work properly.
Thanks to our highly evolved understanding of electrolyte activity, a viable solution to restore that optimal electrolyte balance is now available.
It's not about feeding more electrolytes. It's about making them work properly.
Equiwinner is a patented, non-transdermal patch. It serves as a natural electrolyte-balancing system.
- Safe, effective and easy to use.
- Simple 10-day treatment costs less than constantly trying to treat or manage symptoms.
- One single treatment can be effective for months, even up to one full year, when used as directed.
Equiwinner patches contain only natural balanced electrolytes. Nothing goes into the horse's body - it simply recognizes the electrolytes in the patches and responds to them. No side effects. And Equiwinner will never test positive in any competition, race, event or sport.
Horses with health issues make us worry, cost us more and underperform. Equiwinner will change all that.
Since electrolytes are involved in every physiological process in the body, when you restore them to perfect health, a number of conditions disappear including bleeding, tying-up, anhidrosis and headshaking. Proper electrolyte activity will also keep horses hydrated and improve performance and health generally.
What is the history? For over 300 years horse riders have seen blood at the nostrils during or soon after performance work in a percentage of athletically trained horses. The condition has been named Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage or EIPH and affected horses are commonly known as “bleeders”. With the advent of the modern endoscope, a flexible fiber-optic instrument, it has become appreciated that bleeding can be seen in the windpipe from one hour to several days after the exertion. Recent research has used radio-active blood cells to track these blood leakages from the lungs. The important conclusions from these investigations are (a) many more horses are bleeding internally than just the ones seen with blood at the nostrils, (b) in racing, most horses bleed at least once or many times in their career, (c) the blood is coming from the lungs during fast work. It is known that more than half of all racehorses bleed during racing, and some researchers have stated up to one hundred percent. Bleeding is a common condition of racing horses and always has been.
What types of horses bleed? Most types of horses are susceptible to bleeding, Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Quarter horse, Thoroughbred cross and Arab horses. In addition to all kinds of racing, eventing, dressage, cross-country, show-jumping and driving, bleeding has also been found in horses kept for lighter recreational use. Where a horse is in work only seasonally or at irregular intervals bleeding can develop during periods of rest. When the horse is brought back into training, there is often unnoticed bleeding with distress and refusal for apparently unknown reasons. Bleeding is even known in heavy dray horses when they are asked for extra effort.
What causes bleeding? Bleeding in horses is now known with certainty to be caused by extra high blood pressure when the horse is under exertion. Normal blood pressure is the low resting to very high racing scale of blood pressure found in a free running wild horse, or a domesticated endurance horse, rising with exertion but not so high as to cause distress or bleeding. A healthy horse at rest has a pulse of 40 to 50 beats per minute, but rising to over 250 beats at maximum effort, accounting for the horse’s superb speed and acceleration. It is normal for blood pressure to rise during exertion in a healthy horse. This pressure is supported by veins inside the hoof which are compressed by the pressure on the digital cushion. Blood is thereby ‘pumped’ up the leg.
“I have been using this product on my show horses and I had incredible results! What made me believe in it even more is when I had my daughters’ mare (that is now 26 years old) had an episode of epistaxis (bleeding) after a class. I used it on her for the recommended time of application and never had that problem again. It made a huge difference in her well being and she wins all the classes she competes in! I keep using it each time she has a serious competition where she has to try hard for my daughters. I had also a mare that tied up on us and the Equiwinner was also the solution. I can’t be happier that I found this product that works on all my horses.”
Georges Bittar, competing on the US national show jumping circuit and internationally for Lebanon (30 years)
Why worry about bleeding? One consequence of bleeding is the formation of scar tissue. Clearly, over time, the oxygen exchange function of the lung may become reduced. Sometimes it is decided to euthanize “bleeding” horses. Researchers carrying out autopsy have seen signs of leakage from the lung capillaries. This is how the blood gets into the airway. The condition can become more severe if it continues for some years. It is obviously desirable to keep the lungs in good condition and racing fit for best performance from the horse.
Is there a positive test for bleeding? If bleeding is suspected the simple answer is to have the vet inspect the windpipe with an endoscope (known as ‘scoping), one or more hours after vigorous exercise. A vet ‘scoping horses is a familiar sight before race days in busy professional racing yards. There are other signs the horse owner can look out for. All horses have high blood pressure when running but, in a bleeder, it is slightly higher than normal. Inspection of the horse after a workout may show that the nostrils are a brighter red than normal. There may be redness or red lines at the side of the eyes. Extra pressure and bleeding may result in the horse stopping for no reason. For example, in show jumping, when the horse has done well over the first six jumps, then stops for no reason and starts to shake its head. This is typical behavior associated with extra high pressure. Racehorses rarely pull up as a result of the extra pressure, although they do sometimes. Racehorses will usually keep going, fuelled by adrenaline and competition with the other horses, but they can be bleeding from the lungs all the way. Another sign to look for is a dull dry coat, caused by poor circulation in the skin.
Equiwinner starts to work almost immediately and, combined with only walking exercise for a total of fifteen days, restores capillaries to prevent the extra high blood pressure. The horse will have had lung tissue scars, caused by previous bleeding, and this Equiwinner procedure will allow the scars to fully heal. Normal training or competition can then be resumed with confidence.