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    06-20-2012, 03:55 AM
Question regarding mud fever

So I have questions regarding mud fever, I have dealt with rain scald in the past but not mud fever on the lower legs. My gelding had scabby heels when I got him in summer time, most of which I have now removed. We are getting into winter now and I am guessing I will have more problems with it as its now quite muddy and he has four white feet. Once our stables are finished (hopefully within the next month) I will start stabling the horses at night and letting them out in the morning which should give him a chance to dry off and let me treat them at night. However I have read that you don't want to be hosing them every day but the mud fever gel I brought says to apply to clean and dried legs so is it ok to hose his legs off every day and then dry them before applying the gel? I figured if he is coming in wet and muddy anyway then hosing quickly shouldnt make it worse? We are on a small block so stabling over night should help the pasture a little in that the horses arent on it 24/7 and they wouldnt be standing in mud all of the time too. Also will let their covers dry out a bit at night.
Thanks for any advice you can offer
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    06-20-2012, 04:08 AM
My friend's arab gelding is prone to mud fever (aka-scratches). She puts diaper rash cream on his white socks and scrubs the scabs down with iodine and a wash mitt/scrubby mitt whenever she bathes him. She also keeps UV protective fly boots on him during the summer (when his scratches tend to be worse). In the winter (and summer monsoons), she keeps his stall well-padded with shavings so it doesn't get muddy.

She found that the diaper rash cream works better than the expensive mud fever/scratches "treatments" and is much more inexpensive. She also keeps the areas shaved down to make treatment easier.
    06-20-2012, 04:42 AM
I do something similar for my own horse as Drafty has described.

Bucket of water plus 2 tblspoons betadine, mix then scrub the areas where the scratches/mud fever is with a sponge. Then dry with a towel (important) and put diaper rash cream on it. Allow to dry.
    06-20-2012, 04:43 AM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I do something similar for my own horse as Drafty has described.

Bucket of water plus 2 tblspoons betadine, mix then scrub the areas where the scratches/mud fever is with a sponge. Then dry with a towel (important) and put diaper rash cream on it. Allow to dry.
Meant betadine, not iodine! Knew iodine wasn't right when I typed it, but couldn't remember what it was. Lol

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