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post #1 of 3 Old 08-16-2010, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Getting rid of scratches/mud fever?

My horse has a case of mud fever on his back 2 legs. I've been using Cowboy Magic Krudbuster to clean and soften the scabs, and then rinsing it, letting his feet dry, and covering with Corona Ointment. He is pasture boarded and unfortunately, I have no way to get him a stall. This is going on day 6 now. It's not getting much worse, but it's also not getting better. Any other ideas?
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-16-2010, 05:20 PM
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Wash the scabs out good. My mare had this last summer & i just put swat on it for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately it's an issue that takes a little while to heal completely & it's a type of problem that stays in pastures (so your horse may get it again).
If it's not hurting him, you can still ride. My mare had it pretty bad in her one foot & couldn't be ridden :(

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-16-2010, 05:54 PM
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When you can, after you ride, scrub it with betadine (iodine scrub) and then let it air dry. Then before you put her back out in the pasture (this is going to sound weird) mix diaper rash ointment (just get the generic stuff) and the corona ointment and apply it to the effected areas. I actually prefer furazone ointment mixed with the diaper rash ointment but the ointment you have will work. The ointment will help treat the actual scabs/rainrot while the diaper rash blocks moisture so it will help keep the water out of it since you can't get her in a stall and she probably just keeps getting exposed to it. The actual scabs usually soften and fall off on about the third day, but I usually treat longer than that to make sure it is gone. You will have to repeat the iodine scrub to get the mixture off and then reapply either everyday (if you can) or every other day. Cheapest way to do it and it works wonders. My poor rescue mare was covered when I got her and still gets it pretty badly on her back legs. I tried all the expensive magic potions on the market and the method I described is the cheapest and most effective. Best of luck :)
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