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 ‘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. Many modern rugs can be washed in your machine at home, but be sure to check the instructions on the rug you have before doing this.
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 your rug, as often the neck covers sell out as a 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.
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.
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 your 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 the Woof Wear Mud Fever Turnout Boots. These fully breathable and waterproof boots create a protective barrier from below the knee, incorporating the hoof.
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.
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!
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!
Coping with mud is essential if you want to stay sane! Doing everything you can will make a difference! Check out our great range of Mud Fever products.
Do you have any tips for coping with mud? Do share them in the comments below, I'd love to hear!