Spring and autumn are seasons that offer a lot of color for us to enjoy out in the nature, but also a lot of changing weather where rain sadly is a big part of the everyday life. And with rain comes muddy fields. The risk of horses developing mud fever increases massively when the fields are muddy, and the following article will tell you more in-depth what it is and how to prevent it.
Questions and thoughts often arise regarding when it’s appropriate to cool the horse’s legs and when it’s better to warm up instead. The uncertainty can contribute to treating a possible damage or overload incorrectly and thereafter get an even bigger problem. So, when should you do what?
Mud fever is an annoying problem for many horses and their riders. There may be swelling, sores or crusts on the leg, and while the treatment is on-going, the horse is forced to stay indoors in severe cases. As soon as we enter the rainy, humid and muddy months, the risk of the developing mud fever increases.
The most important remedy is simply to wash the horse's legs clean of mud and dirt, dry them quickly and efficiently so that the moisture from the wash is gone. It’s a common misconception that the most important thing is to wash the legs, and it is very important, but the drying afterwards is actually just as important.
Washing the horse’s legs regularly is important for its health and well-being. It can be about quickly rinsing them after training, when the horse has been sweating in the field or after strolling around on muddy ground. With clean legs, you also reduce the risk of mud fever on the legs, but it requires that you dry them properly afterwards, so that the moisture doesn’t create a favorable environment for fungi and bacteria. Most riders dry the horse's legs with towels, but a smarter and more efficient method is to use a pair of drying stable boots.
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