Mud Fever

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06 Sep 2009 13:13
Hi I purchased my horse in April she is 3 1/2 - she had really bad mud fever on two legs. She hated us treating it and it was a real battle.
All went well till about a month ago when she got it back on one leg and then eventually on two others.
I am putting sudo cream on every day and washing them with hibbi scrub when she will tolerate. But I am making her very grumpy with her feet.

This is the summer, dreading the winter and just cant seem to clear up the infection. The fields are no longer muddy but it still has not gone.

How long does it normally last ? Is there anything else I can be doing to get this all cleared up for her? Would it help if I left her in for a good part of the day ?
Horse Hero Guru
06 Sep 2009 20:53
Hi Amanda

Since your horse has been suffering for so long and has not responded to treatment I think that it would be a good idea to call your vet and get some skin scrapings analysed. Whilst mud fever is the most likely problem there are a couple of other things that could be causing the symptoms and it would be sensible to eliminate these.

He could also prescribe some antibiotics and these will help clear up the condition if it is mud fever.

Good luck
27 Sep 2009 10:04
My mare had MF very badly last year - a long very wet summer followed by a grey autumn where we are. I found this product worked like a dream, and she tolerated the treatment. This was largely because the cream gently lifts and removes the scabs - no more pulling at sores as with so many other treatments.
Until I found it, I was tearing my hair out, and she was running off whenever she saw me!!
27 Sep 2009 10:05
I found this product worked like a dream:
Sorry, forgot the link!!
27 Sep 2009 17:57
Hi, I have found Aloe Vera gel very good. We cover the area in gel, put a bit of gamgee over it at night (secured with a bandage or a travel boot!!) in the stable. Then remove in the morning, clean and dry the leg and reaply the gel, no dressing so air can get to it during the day. Covering it at night seems to soften the scabby bits and allow the gel to penetrate the skin really well. We carry on doing this untill the skin looks like it's "normal" again (sorry can't give a time frame as they're all sooo different). Then it's a case of being very very careful about cleaning and keeping an eye on the areas that get infected. Worth a try, good luck!!
01 Oct 2009 23:10
My pony had it when i got him, i managed to have none last winter ... i never washed his legs when he came in from the field, i put on woollen bandages to dry the the mud, then brushed off when dry, even if this was next morning, then i put K.r..ex powder on which is moisture repellent and disinfectant.
I treated another horse in the yard which had very pink skin (photosensitised), and which had previously been washed and hibiscrubbed daily, by wrapping in gamgee and bandaging overnight, then taking bandages off during day, it cleared up three days, but flared up again when the washing and hibiscrubing resumed.
Horse Hero Guru
02 Oct 2009 18:37
I am sure that there are almost as many treatments for mud fever as there are horses suffering from it – or names for it (including greasy heel, rain rot, scratches and dew poisoning). The important thing to remember is that it is caused by a bacteria that have got in to the skin and the bacteria have to be removed before the legs (or belly) can heal.

You can prevent mud fever by not letting the legs get wet and by ensuring that the bacteria (which live in the soil and many other places) have no chance to enter the skin through grazes etc. Don’t share boots or grooming kit as that can help transfer the bacteria from horse to horse.

If your horse has mud fever you can only treat it by removing the scabs and then keeping the legs clean and dry. Putting on cream and bandaging helps remove the scabs as they become soft and come away without pain. Putting on cream before turnout helps prevent moisture from getting on the legs – but the cream (and the mud) has to be got off when the horse comes in. Washing the legs removes the mud, but the skin, especially in horses with feathers, remains damp and is still a wonderful breeding ground for the bacteria. In severe cases treatment with antibiotics can kill off the bacteria, but unless the wounds on the leg are healed then more bacteria will get in to the skin and the condition will continue.
Ranch Hand
25 Oct 2009 01:22
Flamazine Cream dressings should do the trick.
Consult your Vet.


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