Autumn is here – with rain, wet folds and mud as part of everyday life. The words MUD FEVER makes most horse owners and riders wrinkle their noses. It is one of the most frustrating and unfortunately quite normal ailments we have to bother with in our horses.
There is a lot we can do ourselves and take with us in our daily routines to avoid muk. If the damage has occurred, there is still a lot you can do yourself. (However, we would like to point out that you would rather call the vet once too much than once too little if you are unsure or what you are doing is not working as intended).
How to prevent mud fever:
- • Keep the code bends clean and dry.
• Rinse muddy legs and dry them well.
• Keep folds free of mud as much as possible.
• Make sure to rinse the horse’s legs if it has been on a salty surface or a very muddy riding arena.
• Take extra care to keep the box clean and dry.
• Make sure that the horse does not get skin abrasions from leg protection.
How to treat mud fever yourself:
- • Wash with Nathalie Deep Cleansing Shampoo.
• Soak the scabs so that they loosen while washing in the code bend. The bacteria are located under the scabs, and therefore it is important to get completely in depth. Be careful – the horse can be very sore.
• If the crusts are thick and firmly in place, you can soften them well before washing, with Nathalie Barrier Cream. It is extremely effective.
• After washing, keep the skin completely dry. Use a soft and clean towel / cloth. A hair dryer is also ingenious if you have the opportunity.
• Apply the dry code bend into Nathalie Barrier Cream.
What you need:
• A clean and soft towel / cloth (possibly hair dryer)
• Nathalie Deep Cleansing Shampoo
• Nathalie Barrier Cream
Deep Cleansing Shampoo:
- Nathalie Deep Cleansing Shampoo thoroughly cleans coat and skin, softens small scabs, reduces irritation and calms irritated and broken skin. Unique and proven recipe with Chlorhexidine, Iodine, cranberry extract, aloe vera and organic coconut oil. Leaves the coat beautiful and shiny clean. Rub the shampoo into the coat or on the skin and rinse thoroughly. Repeat and this time let the shampoo work for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Find the product here:
Barrier Cream is a thick, protective salve that rebuilds skin barriers and the skin’s natural protective functions. The Barrier Cream is suitable for delicate skin areas everywhere on the horse’s body and can with great effect be applied in the horse’s pasterns as protection against mud fever. Vitamin E, Allantoin and Aloe Vera strengthens the skin, softens scabs and prevents scarring. Organic willow extract strengthens the skin’s own bacterial flora. Find the product here.
Mud fever can “behave” in many different ways. If you do not see a clear improvement within a week, consult your veterinarian.