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    04-05-2009, 10:24 PM
  #11
Started
I don't have any input on what you should do...but I feel your pain. Right now we are working on getting the pasture grass right and we have 4 horses and a mini donkey in a very very muddy turnout. We have had so much rain!!!! Anyway, Major is a black horse and right now he looks like little orphan Major. Even with his mane....its really thick so its easily tangled up with mud. I can't change my situation right now and it doesnt sound like you can change yours.....IDK about you, but I feel my only hope is the drier days to come .
     
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    04-06-2009, 12:58 PM
  #12
Foal
Thankfully our pastures are pretty good, and now that spring has arrived, things are looking even better! I definitely agree that a lightweight turnout sheet that is breathable and waterproof will go a long way toward keeping your horse clean. When the mud dries on it, brush it off. That will help keep it in decent shape throughout the season.

Grooming frequently is also a must to keep the mud build-up off of the belly and legs. When I don't have time to do full groomings, I spray the manes and tails with detangler every other day. I have a couple of horses with very long, thick manes and tails and it cuts grooming time by a lot if I can keep their hair tangle-free.

Allowing the horses the roll in a nice dry area is another great suggestion that someone else also made. And, the wood chips are excellent! Make sure they aren't of the poisonous variety though...cherry, black walnut, etc.... Make sure to put down a very thick layer since they sink into the mud and disappear otherwise.

Good luck!
     
    04-07-2009, 01:07 PM
  #13
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Both of my mares LOVE the mud ... so I groom a lot and keep a sheet on them most of the time during the day and then a light water proof blanket on them at night ... also if it isn't too cold I hose their legs off b/c it can "rot" if you don't get it off and water is the best way. You can always sponge them off and dry them with a towel. It's a never ending battle!
     
    04-07-2009, 09:53 PM
  #14
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Give up.
     
    04-07-2009, 10:00 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Joshie    
Give up.
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    04-08-2009, 11:49 AM
  #16
Showing
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
My experience has been that it's impossible to keep a white horse clean, even when it's not really muddy. I've always heard (perhaps an old wife's tale) that 'late' foals (late April/May) were often 'mud babies' and our mainly white mare, Lady, certainly is
You call it LATE! My paint is mid of September! Lol!

I noticed that too that she's generally more dirty than my sorrel qh. Although some days when it's very windy she's much cleaner. I think in summer those white ones are more attractive for flies, so that can be one of the reasons. And yes, fly sheet doesn't help at all - I tried that. So just keep brushing her every day.
     
    04-08-2009, 11:50 AM
  #17
Showing
Oh, actually one more suggestion... You can cover the whole field with those rubber stall mats. I use them around the hay rack and they stay pretty clean compare to the ground....
     
    04-09-2009, 07:25 PM
  #18
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This time of year, there's really nothing you can do about the mud. My horses are filthy right now, too. Drives me crazy, but the only alternative would be to keep them in their stalls 24/7 until the paddocks dry up. Obviously, that's not a plausible option. Therefor I put up with the mud. ;( Summer is on the way, though. Finally.

I bet it's frustrating with light-colored horses. The best you can do would be to use a metal curry and grooming block to scrape the dried mud off. There are also white-enhancing products you can get once it's warm enough to bathe them.
     
    04-09-2009, 09:14 PM
  #19
Foal
It's muddy season here too. Still cool (well actually it snowed this week :roll:) so I have had a waterproof sheet on. As for his legs, I usually don't groom them when I first bring him in and the mud is wet. Usually when I'm done riding it has dried, so I can brush it off much more easily. Of course, I have a dry place to ride, so that helps.
     
    04-09-2009, 09:25 PM
  #20
Foal
Everyone is saying a fly sheet won't work, BUT: I'm here to disagree.

I have one on my horse and it works wonders. Somehow it keeps him pretty dry too. I take it off, and underneath... amazing cleaness.

Right now it's really muddy in his pasture too. I only get out to the barn once a week allot, and so he's only groomed about once a month, and he stays super super clean with the fly sheet!

A shedding blade can get even the most mud covered horse ever, clean in a few minutes. I groom my horses primarily with a shedding blade in the spring, cause it removes the hair and the mud at the same time.
     

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