Hi, I have a 17 year old Ardennes mare who has been suffering for months with mud fever.
It started like your average lookng mud fever infection with dryish scabs forming just above the back of the hoof. She's got very feathered legs so the first thing I was told to do was clip them and wash them with hibi scrub and pick the soaked scabs off. I did that for two weeks until one of her back legs swelled up, which had me so worried I rang the vet. He prescribed Pen and strep for five days. Five days later the swelling had gone down but infection on the skin wouldn't budge. I then tried every cream under the sun including canesten, sudocrem, udder ointment, vaseline etc.
A friend told me to try iodine which made the situation worse. The skin started to ooze and bleed and smelt horrible. The vet then prescribed pen and strep again alongside washing her legs twice daily until the infection completely cleared.
She has now had another TWO bottles of pen and strep and i've had to stop because it didn't seem to do anything other than cause her to jump around like a wild horse and she has multiple swellings on her neck from all the jabs. I'm now washing them and smothering them in sudocrem.
What do I do?! I've shed enough tears over my poor horse