Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: dark side of the moon
Yes. Mud IS a problem, as much as people say it's not.
My horses lived at a very muddy barn, my mare for 4 years, my gelding from birth until 2 years.
I moved the horses because they were both underweight despite being on hay 24/7. Mare was ulcery, gelding was ulcery and full of worms, even though both horses were getting daily Strongid C. My vet said that when there is so much manure in the mud like that and the horses never get out of it and are eating off it, like ours were, that even daily wormer cannot keep up with it (IF the horses were getting fed the daily wormer at all, I assume they were most of the time because my bucket would get lower, but if has to be fed every single day to work). The joke about my gelding is that we didn't need to clean his stall, it would crawl away on its own, ick!!
Mare would stock up horribly in the mud and get these massive swelling cuts and nicks and such, to this day (like... 7 or 8 years later?) any blemish on the leg will immediately get the same, there is a bacteria that lives in her skin around there that started when we were there.
Scratches from hell at the time, scratches is very painful for a horse to deal with, but does not seem to have last effects. They say horses are more prone to it once they've had it, but mine have not gotten it since we've moved.
After I left my mare started having hoof problems. Her sole is quite thin and bruises easily, not sure why this is as she was not that way when I bought her. X-rays are picture perfect, so the structure is great, it is just the sole that is so tender. She lives her life, all year round, in shoes, and in some seasons, pads. My farrier suspects this from her former living situations, but we don't really know for sure.