Bear got mud fever, and sadly, I didnt even know what mud fever was, or else it would have never happened. He went lame from it, so it was pretty bad. It only broke the skin in two places, and both of the scabs were small. The day after I washed his legs for the first time (and the day I found out he had it) he went super lame! He could barely move, besides following me around the field. I put him in the side field, which I rarely use until summer, as it has less mud. I kept him over there for a few more days until he was walking and trotting around on his own. I have been washing off his legs with warm water and soap every other day. What I do is: Cold hose legs to get all the mud off and just because it helps him a lot, then I get my bucket of warm water with his mane and tail (it seems to be working well) in it, scrub legs down with a spounge, then put on his baby oil stuff (forgot the name).
I lunged him for a minute today to see if he was still lame (it has been a few weeks now, I gave him lots of time off) and he was moving great! He was pretty excited to be worked and actually bolted and attempted to buck (he only does that when he is happy, he didnt spook and wasnt in any pain), gave me some rope burn! ;]
So I am having a few horse friends and the trainer look at him move to get their opinions, that should be on Thursday.
Can you work a horse while it has mud fever, as long as they arent lame?
Am I doing the right thing?
Would MTG work well for the mud fever too (someone told me it would)?
Is there anything else I can do to help him?
He is getting pretty pissed off about not being worked, as he is used to having a job. I am just giving him LOTS of hay and am taking him out and brushing him (I need to since he is shedding like mad!).
Should I do some light bareback (walk) in the arena until I feel he is 100% ready to do walk and trot work and such?
Should I do some inhand and lunging up and down hills?
I hope some of you can help me find answers! =]