Oh it that one of the Pony Club publications? I've got the keeping at grass one but it's a bit redundant . I'm leaving well alone and crossing fingers. I was thinking this morning "please don't get mud-fever now because there's not a lot I can do about it if you do". How can it still be raining this hard?
We live in one of the driest parts of England apparently but I don't think it's stopped raining since they announced a drought in April or whenever it was! Very unlucky with our soil though, a farm just a few miles away has much more free draining stuff. Horses paddle round the gate of course but otherwise ok. Our bridleways are all streams, actual running water.
My thoughts are exactly the same, what would I do if they did get it and how is it still raining, how?
Its not so much about the mud, its about the bacteria in the soil. Mine live in a very boggy clay field but never get mud fever from there. The only time they get it is hunting, if they have bogged through certain areas where the bacteria do live or where other infected horses have been. I therefore don't hose off day to day, but if they have been hunting I hose then wrap the clean legs up in fibregee and bandages to dry out. Seems to work. Also put pig oil and sulphur on before hunting but patch test it first!
Another one here who leaves well alone, and who's only had trouble after hunting. I'm not a fan of hosing, and if you wash the legs at all you really do need to be able to let them dry out. If you do wash them, use something designed for mud fever, frequent washing with Hibiscrub is too harsh. Never, ever put anything on your horse's legs that is supposed to be a barrier if they are not scrupulously clean and bone dry - I nearly lost a horse when someone put Protocon on a damp leg and trapped bacteria against soggy skin. Keratex powder is good at repelling mud while still letting the skin breathe.
I'd say if your horses are in mud soup and fine - don't change anything!
thanks, making mental notes of various of those products
caved yesterday as he was definitely lame when I turned him back out so I prepared a stable (always a bit humiliating as he invariably destroys the building and it is of great architectural and historical interest even before it was the scene of a Rubbish Film) and he jogged all the way up the field to come in. Spent a quiet and contented night in and came out meek (and sound!) this morning. So maybe he has had a personality transplant? I hope he will stay in for the rest of winter actually, at least he can dry off overnight!
Sedalin turned dhorse into a raving loony, we had to turn him out in the end as he was striking out with front and hind legs/rearing etc. He galloped about for ages. He is weird though, if the vet has to sedate him it costs a fortune as he has to give him enough to fell an elephant . Will keep Domosedan in mind for future ref in case we want to risk another try! Have never heard of it before but then my sis works for vets so does all technical stuff while I glaze over and think about what to get for dinner.
We've had a few with cushings and had to watch out for lami but thankfully have never had to deal with an abscess. I only know it's a symptom because I read about it in a free magazine from the feed shop and it so happened that the horse next door to us was constantly having nasty abcesses. I mentioned to his owner who had him tested and sure enough he does have cushings. We've never medicated for it, when our first pony was diagnosed about 100 years ago the drugs were really expensive so we just watched his diet and he lived to 35 which wasn't so bad! The vet thinks dshetland has it although her owner hasn't had a test done so she isn't medicated (apart from 1/2 a bute for her arthritis) and is fine as long as we are super-strict about sugar (grass/carrots etc). The only prob she has is with losing her coat in the summer but she gets most of it out eventually (August or thereabouts ).
If you think yours could have it and want to avoid medication you might find this interesting:
'Diet is gaining significance in the management of Cushings disease. Antioxidants, such as vitamins E and C, could play a role in helping to support Cushings horses. Chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus) is emerging as an organic source of dopamine stimulation; while it hasnt completely stood up to the rigors of scientific testing, many researchers are still looking into it as a source of treatment for equine Cushings disease.
Feeding a Cushings horse can be very challenging, and unfortunately there are no set rules. However, it is safe to say that horses with Cushings disease do well on the same type of low-sugar, low-starch diet that horses prone to laminitis do.'
I found it on a HorseChannel site, picked at random when I googled, but there is loads of other stuff, Just don't scare yourself silly! Dshetland is 30 this year so it's not all doom and gloom.
It probably is the excess of mud. It's just when you said another abscess it made me wonder how long he's been having them for... Next door horse was having them all through summer too with no mud about. The mud still seems to be getting worse rather than better even though it hasn't really rained for a couple of days. Getting annoyed now at certain people who insist on driving their massive 4x4s into the field rather than park in the road outside and walk a few feet . Can't they see they are turning it into even more of a swamp? And I didn't win euromillions last night so I can't buy the field and chuck the other liveries out and have it all lovely <dreams>. We now have a river of mud under the feed room door and all the bins on pallets.