It’s that old wives tale, Prevention Is Better Than The Cure; and these wise words couldn’t be more apt when it comes to preventing your horse from getting mud fever.
Mud fever refers to a large number of skin conditions your horse can get in wet and muddy conditions. The correct term for this is Pastern Dermatitis which is a variety of bacteria which thrives in these conditions.
The signs are very distinctive with matted areas of skin showing scabs (crusty) with abnormal skin growth underneath. There is often discharge between the skin and the scab.
Your horse may also show a reluctance to put pressure on the affected limb which may also show a swelling.
It’s important that you identify the sort of mud fever you are dealing with, so you can administer the correct treatment. If you suspect your horse may have Mud Fever we highly recommend you speak to your vet as soon as you can.
New advice to treat mud fever is to get the infected leg/s dry as soon as possible, keeping them dry until they have fully healed.
If there is any mud, wait until this has dried completely before removing and try and remove the scab/s where possible. Apply the treatment cream to the wound or on any scabs which cannot be removed, this will help soften the scab for removal.
Do not allow your horse’s legs to get wet until the wound/s have fully healed.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with on of our equestrian specialists who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Athena is our Equine specialist, who has been riding and competing (predominantly in show jumping) since the age of 6 years old.
She also has a diploma in Equine management and has 3 horses of her own.
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