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Effect of Legends GastroTech Supplement on Blood Total Carbon Dioxide in Exercised Horses


Dr. Marty Adams – Equine Nutritionist for Southern States

Legends Gastrotech

Blood total carbon dioxide (TCO2) is a measure of all forms of carbon dioxide in a blood sample including bicarbonate, carbonate and dissolved carbon dioxide. High levels of blood TCO2 can result in disqualification of horses involved in competitive events by regulatory agencies. This study was conducted to determine the effect of Legends GastroTech Supplement on blood TCO2 in exercised horses. Four (4) Warmbloods and one (1) Thoroughbred were selected from a farm near Lexington, KY involved in 3-day eventing and dressage training. Blood samples were taken from these horses prior to Legends GastroTech Supplement being fed and were analyzed for blood TCO2 (Sport and Specialized Analytical Services, Lexington, KY). Horses were then fed Legends GastroTech Supplement for 30 days and blood samples were taken again and analysis for blood TCO2 was repeated. Blood TCO2 values are shown in the chart below. Statistical analysis of mean blood TCO2 values from horses before and after Legends GastroTech Supplement was fed was performed by t-test and no significant difference was observed.

Horse

Blood TCO2 Values Before Feeding Legends GastroTech Supplement (mmol/l)*

Blood TCO2 Values After 30 Days on Legends GastroTech Supplement (mmol/l)*

1

26.8

27.0

2

29.8

27.3

3

26.1

28.7

4

28.2

27.6

5

30.2

29.0

Mean

28.2a

27.9a

aValues with the same letter are not significantly different (p<0.05).
*mmol/l = millimoles/liter

Conclusions from this study:

Feeding Legends GastroTech Supplement did not increase blood TCO2 values in regularly exercised horses. The average blood TCO2 value in horses after 30 days on Legends GastroTech Supplement was 27.9 mmol/l.

All blood TCO2 values in this study were below the regulatory threshold of 37 mmol/l. A TCO2 value of 37 mmol/l could imply blood doping (milk shaking) or oral administration of excessive amounts of sodium bicarbonate or other alkalizing agents.

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