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    02-06-2008, 01:06 PM

So does anyone have any tricks for keeping mud off of your horses legs? Or a good way to get it off? I spray her legs off but I think that the cold water doesn't feel great and it doesn't all come off ... I thought about something slippery but didn't know what would work ...

Any ideas?
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    02-06-2008, 07:01 PM
Just let it dry and then brush it off with a metal curry comb and then after that brush it with a regular brush it should be fairly easy to get off.
    02-06-2008, 07:16 PM
If it doesn't come off easily after it has dried put WD40 on it. Let it sit for a while and then rub gently with a stiff bristled brush or your hands.
    02-06-2008, 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by Abby
If it doesn't come off easily after it has dried put WD40 on it. Let it sit for a while and then rub gently with a stiff bristled brush or your hands.

Correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't that stuff poisonous and flammable? And wouldn't it be bad for her fur? And isn't it a pretty harsh chemical?
    02-06-2008, 08:01 PM
I don't know anything about it being poisonous, but flammable yes. Fly sprays and other horse products are flammable as well. It can be damaging if unrinsed or used daily, I think it would have been wise for me to say you should give it rinse after words. My barn manager used it on her filly when she had horribly caked mud on her knees that just wouldn't come off, and it brought it off. It didn't hurt her at all and there is no damage to her skin or fur.
    02-06-2008, 08:38 PM
I haven't tried it for myself but I would think that just a wash cloth damp with warm water would get it mostly uncaked and then you could just gently rub it off. Please tell me if it works or if it might help. I think it might but im not sure.
    02-07-2008, 01:00 AM
I know of a lot of people who use WD40 as a detangler for mane and tail mats.

I don't know of a way to PREVENT a horse from getting mud on thier legs apart from keeping them inside for the entire duration of the precipitation and the time it takes for it to dry out. Not a thing I'd vote for.

Once it dries on your horses legs though, I agree with the metal curry or the cheap plastic ones that I love so very much. (

Good luck.
    02-07-2008, 08:41 AM
I take a bucket of warm water and a sponge to the really tough mud. Once it is softened up it comes right off. I'm big on keeping my hoses drained in the winter, so I just carry out a few gallons of water from the house. If you board, you might just bring a few milk jugs of hot water and a sponge with you from home.
    02-08-2008, 11:29 PM
Green Broke
Lol I hate the mud on the legs to!! ARH
    02-09-2008, 11:13 AM
My boyfriend and I have tried numerous times, and different methods to get mud off our horses' legs and no success. Since we board, we can't go back late at night to brush the dried mud off. Even if we did do that, the next day it would be the same thing. Thankfully tho, the temperatures have been cold (although a few days ago it went up to 60 in NJ ) So there hasn't been too much mud.

If you board, you might just bring a few milk jugs of hot water and a sponge with you from home.
I'm definitely going to gather up some milk jugs, or buckets with lids and fill them up with warm water. I'm sure if they weren't muddy, they'd like the warm water to drink, rather than drinking ice cold water

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