The typical weather that this time of year brings means that our horses will be spending more time in wet and muddy conditions. It is these wet conditions that softens the horse’s skin, and when mud rubs against the softened areas it can cause surface damage allowing bacteria to enter. As a result, your horse could develop a skin condition that causes them irritation and soreness, with scabs on the lower legs. This is called mud fever.
Prevention is always better than cure, therefore we have put together a few do’s and don’ts to help limit the risk of your horse developing mud fever ?
Treat any underlying conditions such as mites or fungal infections
Inspect your horse’s legs every day to spot problems
Look at putting hardcore down in places where horses may gather and fencing off muddy areas.
Wash your horse’s legs when they first come in from the field – it is advised to let any mud dry before brushing off with a soft bristled brush
Have your horse standing in wet and muddy conditions for long periods – ensure they have a dry area to stand for part of the day
Rely heavily on barrier creams – they create a protective layer but can also provide the perfect environment for bacteria to grow between the cream and the skin.
If you have concerns about your horse, please contact us for advice.