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Mud, mud, mud everywhere! At the end of winter and through spring, muddy horse fields are a constant battle. The snow and frozen ground has begun to melt, leaving behind puddles throughout your fields. Unfortunately, the extra moisture and mud can cause a number of health concerns in horses.
- Rain Rot, Scratches, & Mud Fever: These all describe a bacteria condition on various parts of your horse’s body. Brought on by muck and excess moisture, they cause crusty scabs on the skin. If your horse develops this condition, make sure to treat it right away! Consider something like Banixx.
- Weakened hooves: For those that stand in mud all day and come into a dry stall at night, they are susceptible to weak hooves that can crack easily. This wet and dry cycle isn’t healthy for their feet.
- Sole bruising: A wet field will soften the soles and frog of your horse’s hooves. That leaves them vulnerable to bruising.
- Thrush: A tar-like substance with an icky smell is a sign of this bacterial infection in the hooves.
- Dangerous slips: Muddy fields can become real slick. Your horse may fall or slip and injure a tendon or ligament. Frozen mud can also make for terrible and dangerous footing. It’s uneven and has potholes.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent muddy fields. Prepare ahead of time and do your research! You don’t want your horse standing in a messy field all day.