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Managing mud: prevention is better than cure

Posted on 28 January 2016 by Kim

Managing mud with horses

This time of the year, it’s really challenging to keep your horse looking clean and well groomed as even walking through their waterlogged field, makes his legs wet and muddy. So what can you do to manage the mud situation? No doubt you’ve discovered that there’s endless guidance about ‘mud fever’ but what if your horse hasn’t got mud fever and all you want to know is how to deal with the mud? Read on as this article’s just for you...

Types of mud management

Management of mud falls in to three distinct categories: prevention, cleaning and treatment. This first article in this series covers what you need to do to prevent or realistically ‘limit’ the amount of mud that comes in to direct contact with your horse. You need to form a ‘barrier’ with a dedicated preparation for this purpose. Below are a few of our favourites.

Prevention is better than cure

One of the best kept secrets for preventing mud sticking to the horse hair, is pig oil. An old and traditional recipe that has been used for many years by those who go out hunting and boy, do horses get muddy when they go out hunting!

Lincoln Pig Oil and Sulphur is a long-acting oil exactly suited to this purpose and it doesn’t have to be applied every day which is great if you’re watching the pennies. An alternative is Equimins Mud Slide Lotion where the clue to how it works is in the title, i.e. the mud just slides off!

If your horse has sensitive skin or you prefer to only use preparations with natural ingredients, NAF’s Love The Skin He's In Mud Gard Barrier Cream contains MSM, tea tree and rosemary. MSM supports healthy skin and hair growth while the tea tree cleanses and the rosemary soothes any soreness.

And if you’re looking for a preparation with anti-bacterial agents, look no further than Pettifers Leg Shield as only high quality anti-bacterial agents are used. Invisible when used, it gives a silky sheen to the coat and leaves no sticky or oily residue which means that you’ll be able to groom your horse as normal.

Bear in mind that prevention starts before turn out. So allow enough time before turning out to put the barrier on the legs that need it. And don’t forget that if you use a barrier, you don’t need to put boots on as well!

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Author

Kim Horton

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

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