mud fever cowgirl magazine

Rain and mud can really wreck havoc on your farm! No one wants their horse standing in those nasty conditions all day long. It puts them at risk for mud fever! This skin condition makes your horse’s pastern and heel area inflamed and scabby.

How Can You Prevent Mud Fever

  1. Good field management can go a long way in preventing this condition. Most horse farms utilize a dry lot in the winter months. These smaller spaces can quickly turn muddy. A good idea is to install proper drainage and gravel.
  2. Bring your horse in at night. This will give their legs and hooves a chance to dry out.
  3. Clean your horse’s legs regularly. You can wait for the mud to dry and then brush it off with a stiff brush. While some like to hose the mud off, the added moisture can make things worse.
  4. Try a protective barrier like cream or boots/socks. EquiFit HorseSoxs keep your horse’s legs clean and mud-free.
  5. Each horse should have their own brushes and leg bandages. Try not to share, as the infection can be passed to other horses.

If your horse ends up getting this skin condition despite your efforts, then make sure you treat it right away!