My mare LOVES mud and I try so hard to keep her clean. She sleeps laying down and her legs get soooo muddy. I can use a curry comb to get it off the top of her legs and body but her lower legs need to be hosed off and it's too cold for me to do that by the time I get off work ... anyone found an remedies?
I have a white spotted appy/qtr who we call the "dirtiest horse in the world". If there is mud he is the first to find the worst spot possible. The only way I can deal with it is to put on a mask and use a vacum system to get it off. Just remember a dirty horse is a happy horse! Good luck.
I just wait until its dry the next morning or you can make a hayball/ rub straw or hay on their legs to dry them off a bit but as long as you clean her legs up atleast once a week and check she doesnt have mudfever, don't worry too much
Wow I never knew a vacumn cleaner would help.lol. Diamon would probably get to freaked out about that. Not going to try it.lol. Anyways I just use a lot of elbow grease or wait till it drys I guess.lol. So far diamon hasn't gotten so dirty this year. Last year I thought it rained with mud.lol. Sorry for not a lot of help.
Thanks everyone ... I just don't want her to get anything that will hurt her (mud fever, thrush, fungus ect) so I want to keep it clean .. I promise that I am letting her be a horse guys, but if I let her stand in the paddock she will just chill in the mud so she is in a stall at night and in the pasture during the day .. but I want to make sure that she is safe and clean too ... thanks everyone!
They make light weight sheets that you could put on her to keep her clean.
I've thought about getting one for the times when we are riding every day. It would definitely save on grooming time if I didn't have to do a total brush out of dirt. Vida is a major roller too
I'm not sure how they would work with mud but dirt in general I'm sure anything would help.
Hosing may not be the nicest option but I do think you need to look at horses legs everyday and with mud everywhere how can you tell if she has a cut or puncture etc? I normally hose and make sure I towel dry throughly or just bucket wash with a bit of vetadine in the warm water then also towel dry. Or on really cold yuck days a damp towel/sponge/rag will clean the legs up enough to check for any damage also enough to keep the mud off to help with preventing mud fever etc. But yes I am on the other side of winter now so not having to deal with mud it is not that much fun! Enjoy the muddy goodness If your worried about her getting cold remember a full and happy horse is a warm horse I always feed a warm feed over the winter. Be it a warm mash or boiled barley or just use warm/hot water to dampen the feed down.
Yeah, definitely wait 'till it's dry. ;) If not, it's a HUGE pain to try & brush off. If it's too cold outside, you could try sponging it off, just make sure she's nice & dry afterwards. :) Then curry, groom groom groom!