CAB (Cations-Anions Balance)
Maintaining acid-base balance is essential to life.
Immune systems and metabolism depend on this balance.
That is why, it is necessary to know the levels of acidogenicity or lkalogenicity of the diets.
It is also essential to know the ionic load of each mineral expressed in milliequivalent per kilo (meq).
CAB is the balance between anions and cations: Cab = (CA+K+NA)-(CL+P+S).
Imbalance between cations: NA, K, CA and anions: CL, P, S cause metabolic acidosis (acid blood pH) or alkalosis (alkaline blood pH) .
In case of unbalanced ionic balance, heartbeats of the horse making effort will increase, which will lead to a slower recovery after effort.