Hey, my horse has mud fever pretty bad on the back of her pasterns. I was wondering if anyone knew of any good treatments for it. I am using a Furcin type cream right now, but I want to make the scabs go away for good. Thanks
You need to keep her feet and legs dry and out of the mud until she is healed. If she has to get wet or muddy, wash her off as soon as you can. You can put an antibiotic on the open sores and scabs but the best way to heal it is to keep it dry and clean. Pine Tar is a great preventative for horses that spend alot of time in the mud. I clip my mare's fetlocks and pasterns and then apply the pine tar generously to the skin. It will eventually cake and fall off after a couple months. Stuff will stick to it and it stinks but unless you're showing its a great way to prevent mud fever.
I have heard applying Desitin (for diaper rash) as a vapor barrier after area is cleaned helps. I've never had a horse with mud fever, however because i've always lived in dry climates, so I can't vouch for it, but I have read it works.
We have horse's at our yard who suffer quite regularly at this time of year. I'd recommend hosing all legs/infected area's and use a anti-bacterial wash in warm water gently scrub/rub the infected area and gently remove the scabs. Might sound a bit harsh, but they tend to stand for it and it does aid healing a lot quicker. Dry area's with a dry towel and when sufficiently dry, try applying a thick cream that will act like a water barrier. Nappy rash creams (sudocrem etc) are especially good, they tend to stick well to the skin and protect it, not letting any of the bacteria or mites through.
You should see an improvement within a day or two. Good luck, because it really is a nasty thing. :)
You should wash the scabs with hibiscrub and they will come off when they are wet, camrosa ointment is really good for mudfever. Also when it has cleared up brush pig oil on the horses legs as it is a good way to pervent it in the first place
Have a very old remedy for you, 1 teaspoon of "fly strike" to on "egg white", work to a paste and apply, works wonder, Also works very well for thruch...... and as the others said, keep as dry and mud free as possible.