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5 ways to protect your horse from mud

Posted on 13 March 2018 by Kim

5 ways to protect your horse from mud

Us horse owners dread the rain. Or is it the mud we dread really? You may be under the impression that it's an unavoidable part of having a horse. But it doesn't have to be! All is not lost. Mud management is simple when you know how. Read our five mud-busting tips... 

Teflon coated rugs

Never is the statement about ‘you get what you pay for’, more true than about rugs!  Invest in the best rugs that you can afford. Look out for winter rugs that are Teflon coated.  These repel water and water based substances like mud.  What’s more important is that it means that the mud can easily be brushed off when it dries. Rugs come with a multitude of features nowadays, there are even ones that are Teflon coated!  

Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Premier Trio Detach-A-Neck Mediumweight Turnout Rug

Neck Cover

When the weather's really wet, a neck cover prevents, to some degree, globules of mud getting stuck in the mane if your horse decides to roll! If your budget permits, buy a neck cover when you buy the rug as often the neck covers sell out as lot less of them are made. The best bit about doing this is that you'll have it when you need it rather than having to go out in search of one.                                                                Mark Todd medium weight neck cover or hoody

Hoody!

If your horse is an absolute mud monster and has a mud bath in his field, the best solution is a ‘hoody’! This will prevent the need for endless grooming. Just be sure to get a really snug fit so that it doesn’t move whilst it’s on. If you don't fancy fighting with your horse to get it on, don't worry as they come with or without a zip. Take a look at our stretch hoods and shoulder guards collection.

                                                Weatherbeeta Stretch Hood    Weatherbeeta Stretch Hood with Zip

Boots

Mud fever boots will help to keep your horse's legs clean and protected when he's turned out in muddy conditions. Shires offer two close contact "mud socks" that fit snugly around the contours of the horse’s leg like a second skin. They help to keep your horse’s legs dry and, more importantly, mud free. Airflow perforations in them prevent the leg from over heating and neoprene protects against unexpected bumps. Choose from Shires ARMA Mud Socks or Shires ARMA Deluxe Mud Socks. Alternatively take a look at Equilibrium Equi-Chaps Hardy Chaps, These chaps have been around a little longer than the Shires ones and have lasted the test of time, so they must be good.

Just to say, before you get too excited, boots or "socks" such as these don't claim to prevent mud fever completely, however they will help to some degree.  

Woof Wear Mud Fever Turnout Boots   Test

Over Reach boots are commonly used by many for turnout but they're often used more when the fields are wet and muddy when there's a greater risk of injury. Go for a bright colour as it'll be easier to find if it comes off in the field. This is a particularly good idea if your horse is in a big field! 

Shires ARMA Touch Close Over Reach Boots Shires ARMA Touch Close Over Reach Boots

Lotions 'n Potions

There's an extensive range of topical preparations to repel water and mud. Here's a selection of our favourites from our range of coat and skin care products. As you'll see, some of them are recent additions to the market, while others, such as Pig Oil, have been around for years! 

                      Lincoln Mud Screen     Hilton Herbs Mud Defender Lotion   Lincoln Pig Oil and Sulphur

Coping with mud is essential if you want to stay sane! Doing everything you can will make a difference! Need help with information or products, then visit the EQUUS Mud Fever Centre.

Do you have any tips for coping with mud? Do share them in the comments below, I'd love to hear!

Author

Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.

Comments

  • Liz posted on March 13 2018 at 10:03 PM

    I have a Clydesdale with all his feathers. I use pig oil to keep the mud off his skin and it works and doesn’t cost the earth

  • rosemary & The Tilster posted on March 21 2018 at 08:03 PM

    all good common sense stuff I do all this bar the “boots” but might consider those too if these**** * wet winters keep on. the only thing I would add if you can ( afford it / be allowed if not your own land) have some aggregate rolled in the gateway & put rubber open matting down check the internet you can get good deals. It might seem expensive but lasts years & the horses appreciate it. Also makes it easier to bring horses in as you don’t leave your wellies behind in the mud!!!

  • Mel posted on April 07 2018 at 05:04 PM

    Hi they I have a 23 year old mare how is prone to mud fever and has tecantlwy just got over the mud fever
    Is they and boots or socks that I can put on to turn her out I at the moment I’m keeping my mare in as the fields are just to bad yo turn out but I could do with some I dears of what I could put on so that myare can go back out,
    My mare is retired with other health insure

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