With the delightful weather we've been having Dhorse has got some really nasty patches of mud fever on his two white legs. I have been slapping all sorts on it, which seems to be working on one leg. Unfortunately though, the strange beast that he is, he won't let me near his other leg. I can just about slap on some cream with someone hanging on to his head, but that is it.
This morning I went to the yard to put him out, and he has obviously been rubbing his leg overnight and now has a large raw patch on the leg I can't get near. He won't let me bandage it either, so I have left him in today. My question is, if I keep him in will that be enough to clear it up?
I have the vet coming for his jabs this week, so I am wondering if he will be able to give me something for it, but even that won't help if I can't get near it. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
I've got one that won't let me do 'stuff' to him either, it's a right pain. Can you get someone to hold another leg up while you do the offending one? I know that works for some (although not for dhorse who would rather fling himself to the ground than let us touch him). I think in your shoes (having a stable available and all) I'd ask the vet if it needs cleaning and dressing and if so fork out for a sedative so it can be done properly, otherwise it sounds in danger of getting infected. If it was just scabby I'd be inclined to see if a few days in the dry would sort it out but now it's rubbed raw I'd be a bit careful.
I've been told that Keratex mud powder is good as you can puff it on to the legs rather than having to touch them - it may be tricky getting close enough but it might be easier than trying to get cream on.
My dhorse is permanently wearing Sudocrem on his heels which so far seems to be keeping it at bay, luckily we're only wet rather than muddy at the moment but he will shortly have to go back to livery which is nothing but mud.
Thanks for all the tips. I have opted for Sudocrem and keeping him in for now, and I'll see what the vet thinks when he comes on Thursday. Thankfully so far he seems to be coping with staying in OK. I rode today, half expecting him to be all over the place but he was good as gold.