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Equilibrium Equi-Chaps Close Contact Chaps Navy with Yellow Stripe Equilibrium Equi-Chaps Close Contact Chaps Navy with Yellow Stripe
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Equi-Chaps Close Contact Chaps Navy with Yellow Stripe Turnout Boots for Mud Fever Prevention A breathable turnout boot for mud fever prevention, designed to keep horses’ legs dry and mud free. 1 Year Guarantee Shaped to fit over the fetlock, hoof & heel Completely covers the coronet band Breathable, soft & comfortable Made from perforated neoprene With 4-way stretch to fit like a second skin Easy…
Dodson & Horrell Mud Heal: 2.5kg Dodson & Horrell Mud Heal: 2.5kg
£30.00
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Mud Heel Pure, dried herbs for nutritional support of skin exposed to muddy conditions. Information: Echinacea purpurea, garlic granules and nettle – for support of skin’s natural immunity. Clivers, marigold and burdock root – promote healthy skin growth and maintenance. Devil’s claw root – encourages mobility and ease of movement. Feeding guidelines: Ponies and smaller horses = 2 scoops per day.*…
Equine America Fungatrol 400ml Cream Equine America Fungatrol 400ml Cream
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Equine America Fungatrol 400ml Cream FOR ITCHY, FLAKEY, SCABBY OR CRACKED SKIN After the legs have been washed with diluted Fungatrol No Rinse wash and scabs have been removed, towel dry the area thoroughly then apply a thin layer of Fungatrol Cream twice daily which will condition and protect the skin from bacteria and fungus. Available in 400ml
Equine America Fungatrol No-Rinse Body Wash 500ml Equine America Fungatrol No-Rinse Body Wash 500ml
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Equine America Fungatrol No-Rinse Body Wash 500m Anti-Fungal & Anti-Bacterial Fungatrol no rinse body wash is non irritant, with powerful Anti-Fungal and Anti-Bacterial ingredients. Available in 500ml
Equine America Fungatrol Spray 500ml Equine America Fungatrol Spray 500ml
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Equine America Fungatrol Spray 500ml A ‘leave on’ water-based spray containing anti-fungal and antibacterial ingredients with added coat conditioners. After washing the horse with Fungatrol Shampoo, spray all over to maintain healthy supple skin. Available in 500ml
Gold Label Pig Oil & Sulphur : 5 Litre Gold Label Pig Oil & Sulphur : 5 Litre
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GOLD LABEL PIG OIL & SULPHUR 5 Litre Old recipe for the conditioning of the legs and feathers and to aid the prevention of any mud-borne infections. Especially popular with shire horses.
Keratex Mud Shield Powder 450g Keratex Mud Shield Powder 450g
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Keratex Mud Shield Powder 450g Keratex Mud Shield Powder is a highly-acclaimed, handy, easy-to-use powder which you puff onto horse’s legs for a cleansing and waterproofing action on legs which are prone to scabs and broken skin in wet and muddy conditions. This light talc will give your horse's legs a breathable, resilient coat of powder that does not absorb water (and therefore does not become s…
Lincoln Pig Oil & Sulphur: 1 Litre Lincoln Pig Oil & Sulphur: 1 Litre
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Lincoln Pig Oil & Sulphur 1 Litre A ready to use preparation combining the beneficial effects of Pig Oil with that of Sulphur.
Lincoln Pig Oil & Sulphur: 4 Litre Lincoln Pig Oil & Sulphur: 4 Litre
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Lincoln Pig Oil & Sulphur 4 Litre A ready to use preparation combining the beneficial effects of Pig Oil with that of Sulphur.
Lincoln Pig Oil: 500ml Lincoln Pig Oil: 500ml
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Lincoln Pig Oil Spray 500ml A coat gloss, waterproof barrier and skin conditioner.
Naf Love The Skin Hes In Mud Gard Supplement 2.1kg Naf Love The Skin Hes In Mud Gard Supplement 2.1kg
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NAF Love the skin in mud gard supplement 2.1kg Nutritional support for skin challenged by wet, muddy conditions. When exposed to wet muddy conditions, some horses can be affected by soil dwelling bacteria that gain access into the skin when weakened by the external conditions. By improving the diet we can help the horse to strengthen his skin from the inside out. Mud Gard contains a unique complex…
Nettex Seven Day Mud Away 500ml Nettex Seven Day Mud Away 500ml
£11.70
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An innovative product that, when sprayed onto the horse or ponies coat inhibits mud from cementing onto the hairs of the coat for up to 7 days.A revolutionary way to spend more time riding than cleaning off muck and mud during winter months or wet and muddy conditions.Simply spray onto the coat, mane and tail, prior to turnout, to prevent large clusters of mud adhering to the surface. For any mud…
Battles Udder Cream 400G Battles Udder Cream 400G
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Battles Udder Cream The original udder cream. A soothing water-miscible udder cream, with antibacterial ingredients to maintain good udder condition. Prevents chaps and minor sores and is also suitable for minor cuts and grazes.Perfect for putting on horses legs as a barrier cream. A readily absorbent cream to maintain good udder condition and aid in the treatment of chaps and sores. Been used suc…
Carr Day Martin Mf Pro Winter Skin Protection Pack Carr Day Martin Mf Pro Winter Skin Protection Pack
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Carr Day Martin Mf Pro Winter Skin Protection Pack MF Pro is a uniquely formulated 3 step system designed to cleanse, relieve and protect vulnerable heels and legs and can help to combat common winter skin conditions.Step 1: This specifically formulated Antibacterial Cleanser is both gentle but also extremely effective. The pH neutral cleanser combines antibacterial agents with the soothing proper…
Dodson & Horrell Mud Heal: 1kg Dodson & Horrell Mud Heal: 1kg
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Mud Heel Pure, dried herbs for nutritional support of skin exposed to muddy conditions. Information: Echinacea purpurea, garlic granules and nettle – for support of skin’s natural immunity. Clivers, marigold and burdock root – promote healthy skin growth and maintenance. Devil’s claw root – encourages mobility and ease of movement. Feeding guidelines: Ponies and smaller horses = 2 scoops per day.*…
Gold Label Pig Oil & Sulphur 1 Litre Gold Label Pig Oil & Sulphur 1 Litre
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GOLD LABEL PIG OIL & SULPHUR 1 Litre Old recipe for the conditioning of the legs and feathers and to aid the prevention of any mud-borne infections. Especially popular with shire horses.
Gold Label Pink Salve Plus MSM 200g Gold Label Pink Salve Plus MSM 200g new
£6.50
Gold Label Pink Salve Plus MSM 200g Reformulated traditional pink application which benefits dry or cracked skin. Ideal for use on legs where its greasy base can help maintain the skin in the presence of mud-borne diseases. A safe antibacterial potentiated by the presence of MSM.
Gold Label Pink Salve Plus Msm 400g Gold Label Pink Salve Plus Msm 400g
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Gold Label Pink Salve Plus MSM 400g Reformulated traditional pink application which benefits dry or cracked skin. Ideal for use on legs where its greasy base can help maintain the skin in the presence of mud-borne diseases. A safe antibacterial potentiated by the presence of MSM.
Gold Label Udder Cream 450Gm Gold Label Udder Cream 450Gm
£5.50
Gold Label Udder Cream 450g A soothing water-miscible udder cream, with antibacterial ingredients to maintain good udder condition. Prevents chaps and minor sores and is also suitable for minor cuts and grazes.Perfect for putting on horses legs as a barrier cream.
Lincoln Muddy Buddy Ointment 500g Lincoln Muddy Buddy Ointment 500g
£8.69
Lincoln Muddy Buddy Ointment 500g A powerful, soothing and protecting antibacterial waterproof barrier for horses. For application to the heels and lower legs in wet and muddy conditions. Will soothe the affected area and offer an effective, protective waterproof barrier.
Lincoln Muddy Buddy Powder 350g Lincoln Muddy Buddy Powder 350g
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Lincoln Muddy Buddy Powder 350g A powerful antibacterial water repellent powder for application to the lower legs of horses in wet and muddy conditions. Beneficial to horses prone to irritation from a wet and muddy environment. Effectively protects the area and offers a powerful water repellent barrier to keep the area hygienically clean. Shields against mud and water.
Naf Love The Skin Hes In Mud Gard Barrier Cream: 1.25kg Naf Love The Skin Hes In Mud Gard Barrier Cream: 1.25kg
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Protect your horses skin when exposed to the wet and mud with this rich, nourishing barrier cream. Wash legs off thoroughly and apply before turnout. Contains MSM to support healthy skin and hair growth, and rosemary to soothe sore areas.When to feed:Apply to dry legs prior to turnout. Use hands to smooth a layer of cream over the legs and heels. Follow the direction of the hair to create a water…
Naf Love The Skin Hes In Mud Gard Supplement: 690g Naf Love The Skin Hes In Mud Gard Supplement: 690g
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NAF Love the skin in mud gard supplement 690g Nutritional support for skin challenged by wet, muddy conditions. When exposed to wet muddy conditions, some horses can be affected by soil dwelling bacteria that gain access into the skin when weakened by the external conditions. By improving the diet we can help the horse to strengthen his skin from the inside out. Mud Gard contains a unique complex…
Nettex Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream 600ml Nettex Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream 600ml sale
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Nettex Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream 600ml Nettex Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream provides waterproof, breathable and antibacterial protection against wet and muddy conditions. Nettex Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream is a breathable and highly effective waterproof barrier that provides antibacterial protection against wet and muddy conditions. This advanced formula will moisturise and maintain elasticity of the…

Mud Fever in horses:we've got excellent treatments

Mud fever is an unpleasant condition which is certainly best avoided. Mud isn’t actually responsible for causing the condition but it does weaken the skin’s defences to infection. Mud Fever is caused by the bacterium Dermatophilus Congolensis which is found on horse’s skin. If the bacteria penetrate the skin, infections can set in leading to rashes, scabs, fissures and inflammation. If your horse’s legs spend too much time in muddy conditions this can weaken the skin and the bacteria can then do their worse. Mud fever can also be triggered by insect bites as these lead to rubbing which can disrupt the skin’s surface.

Spotting, Treating & Preventing Mud Fever

Pastern dermatitis or mud fever is a common issue and one which is far from simple to address. It is the skin’s reaction to a number of different irritants and is caused by an infectious agent called dermatophilus congolensis. The troublesome infection can remain dormant for some time and then activate when the skin is compromised. Then, the infection penetrates the skin and spreads, resulting in inflammation. The skin plays host to a variety of bacteria and parasites but without them causing harm. However, when the skin is damaged by an injury or from prolonged wetting, the organisms can enter the horse’s body and an infection becomes active.

Contributing Factors

There are several factors which may contribute to the development of Mud Fever. These are as follows:

  • Prolonged exposure to damp
  • Standing in areas of deep mud or soiled bedding
  • Constantly washing limbs without drying them properly
  • Excessive sweating due to rugs or tack
  • Heavy limb feathering can be problematic but probably because this is often washed more frequently
  • Trauma to the skin
  • Low immunity resulting from a pre-existing health condition
  • White limbs or patches on the body as these can be prone to photosensitisation issues

Symptoms of Mud Fever

These are easy to recognise and are as follows:

  • Matted areas of hair with scabbing
  • Circular moist lesions below the scabs
  • A thick discharge between the skin and the scabs which is creamy, yellow or green
  • Any scabs which have been removed will typically feature concave undersides with hair roots protruding
  • Deep fissures in the skin
  • Hair loss and inflamed skin
  • Lameness
  • Lethargy, depression and loss of appetite are all possible in severe cases

How to Treat Mud Fever

It is essential to keep the skin clean and dry as far as is possible. This could mean that your horse must be withdrawn from the field and stabled during adverse conditions. The affected areas of mud fever must be addressed and treatment will involve removing the scabs. As this procedure can be very painful, your horse may have to be sedated. The infected area should then be washed with a mild disinfectant and rinsed. It is vital that the limb is dried thoroughly. Anti-inflammatory ointments, castor oil and lead acetate can then be applied.

It can help if you bandage the affected area but only if the skin has been correctly treated and that the proper bandaging technique is used. If the bandages are too tight or moisture is trapped beneath them, the infection will simply flare up once more. This process may need to be repeated several times and it can take weeks for your horse to recover fully from the condition. Antibiotics may be required and such treatment should be discussed with your vet. Certain cases of mud fever leave scarring and weakening of the tissues which will result in a tendency to re-infection.

How to Prevent Mud Fever

  • Always ensure that all bedding is clean and dryv
  • If an infection is present, then it might be necessary to stable your horse
  • Take care not to over-wash your horse
  • Make sure that limbs are thoroughly dry before you put on boots or apply bandages
  • Disinfect the stable and all equipment regularly
  • Consider the use of barrier creams or Mud fever products but follow the instructions carefully.
  • When turning out, try using waterproof wrap
  • Feed nutritional supplements which support healthy skin
  • Do everything you can to prevent poaching in paddocks and block off
  • muddy areas
  • Furthermore, stay vigilant and act quickly if you spot the signs of mud fever

You can read more about mud fever here.

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