Mud & Wet Weather
The NRG Team experience wet winters and with 3 horses a pony plus a donkey in muddy paddocks, keeping skin clean and clear is often difficult.
Keep an eagle eye out for any outbreak on horse’s heels and legs. We found that scabs on the back of the heel can begin to form within a few days so it is important to keep an eye out.
Scabs can form across a range of sites including:
- Heel bulb
- Back of the pastern
- Across the fetlock
- Along the cannon
If first signs of mud fever show, rinse leg, towel dry (taking care to NOT remove scabs as this can draw blood and open up for further infection) mud fever is both a bacterial and fungal infection and both must be dealt with.
Apply 10% iodine solution such as Betadine and leave on for 10 minutes to dry, allowing activation of the solution to take effect.
Do NOT rub or scrub scabs.
In our experience if scabs are scrubbed off, the surrounding skin becomes very sensitive and bleeding may occur. This leads to even more problems as the horses start to object to you touching anywhere near the area.
Once the area is dry apply NRG Pro-tect Cream.
Use rubber gloves for the whole procedure, not only to avoid spreading germs, but to avoid damage to jewellery as the sulphur in Pro-tect will discolour certain metals.
Check daily and in our experience, application every 3-4 days may be necessary as daily application my interrupt the healing process.
NRG Pro-tect cream is a water-resistant barrier cream, formulated specifically for mud fever and rain scald.