Get a horse to drink – before and after travel Avoid dehydration during travel by getting a horse to drink before transport. On arrival after a trip, unfamiliar surroundings may be unsettling and drinking water is likely to have a different taste and make horses reluctant to drink. Freshen-up horses that have been in work for a few months and not performing. A Lang’s intravenous hypertonic saline infusion creates a hypertonic expansion within the blood – an increase in salts in excess of water. This promotes increased water resorption in the kidneys and stimulates the thirst reflex to restore the fluid/salts balance in the blood. The requirement to maintain plasma osmolality with a relatively narrow range prompts a horse to drink almost immediately after administration of a Lang’s Solution and overcomes any reluctance to drink.

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