Dealing with Mud Rash

 

A white and black horse in a field at dusk.

What is mud fever/rash?

Mud fever is a skin condition caused by a certain type of fungal infection. If the fungal spores are from the right species, they will infiltrate the skin of an animal, and set up an infection. Once an infection is established, the spores will release toxins that will cause the skin to become red and irritated by this bacterial infection.

To treat the infection, mud fever remedies can be administered to help suppress and expel the toxins. The remedies will cause the condition to improve and disappear. However, if the mud fever is left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the animal's skin, including a loss of pigmentation in the skin. It can also affect the animal's body weight, muscle mass, and movement.

Mud fever is a skin condition that affects many horses and ponies. It is caused by a fungus and it causes scaly patches to appear on the horses' bodies.

It is a bacterial skin infection affecting the hooves of horses. There are many home remedies that are purported to work for mud fever and we recommend our Magic Mud Salve to help, it's a great barrier cream.

Other factors that contribute to the development of this disorder include stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and exposure to cold temperatures. All of these things weaken the immune system, making it easier for the bacteria to take hold.

 

A white and black horse in a field.

How do you get rid of mud fever?

It is also important to keep your four-legged friend clean and dry.

In more serious cases you may need to consult a vet and they may recommend a prescription antibiotic.

This problem occurs mostly during summer months, especially after rainy weather. In fact, some people believe that rainwater makes the ground too wet for the fungi to survive. So whenever there has been heavy rainfall recently, chances are good that your horse might develop this condition.

 

Treatment Options

There are several ways to treat this condition. Some veterinarians prescribe antibiotics while others use natural treatments such as herbs, oils, vitamins, minerals, and other supplements. We recommend our care routine outlined below:

  • Keep your horse clean and dry, isolate from others as a fungal infection can spread via contact.
  • Clean the areas that are to be treated, try to remove as much of the crusty scabs as possible, this should expose the pink skin ready for our mud salve.
  • Apply Mickey B's Magic Mud Salve generously in the affected areas.
  • Try to repeat this process every day and you should see results within 2-20 days.

We can not guarantee and results as each animal is unique and there genetic makeup defines them, however as you can see from our reviews we have a lot of success.

In more serious cases you may need to consult a vet and they may recommend a prescription antibiotic.

Antibiotic treatment works well against infections caused by viruses and bacteria. When used properly, however, antibiotics should not be given to animals unless absolutely necessary.

 

A group of horses in a field.

Our top 5 tips to prevent mud fever, mud rash, pastern dermatitis

1) Keep your horse's feet trimmed regularly - this will reduce the amount of dirt in their footpads which can cause problems with bacteria getting into the area around the hoof wall.

2) Wash off any muddy areas after exercise or when they come back from being out paddock. This helps remove any debris that could be causing an irritation.

3) Make sure there is no excess moisture between the sole of the shoe and the bottom of the hoof. If necessary use some sort of waterproofing product such as tarpskin or rubber boots.

4) Clean up manure piles frequently so that flies don't lay eggs in them. Flies carry disease organisms like salmonella.

5) Avoid using old shoes if possible. They tend not to last long enough before needing replacing.

 

 

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