Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
In the UK "greasy heel" is called mud fever.
Treating a horse that has got it is easy. Keep the heel dry and out of mud and treat with antiseptics like purple spray or aloevera to get rid of the wounds.
Preventing mud fever is much harder. I firmly believe that washing horses legs is the problem. I never wash my ponies legs in winter unless I have time for them to dry completely before putting them back out in the mud. Damp skin is the problem as it is weaker and more prone to letting in the bacteria. I leave my horses legs muddy overnight in the stables and brush off in the morning.
Pigoil mixed with flour of sulphur applied to the legs with a paintbrush will completely prevent all mud fever if applied regularly, not washed off, only brushed off and the horse doesnt already have mud fever.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT