Mud Fever - What is it? Risk factors? Treatments? Prevention?
What Is It?
It has been a wet winter and all that rain has led to a lot of muddy fields. For horses that spend time
turned out in these persistently wet, muddy conditions, it can be very difficult to avoid mud fever.
Mud fever refers to inflammation of the skin (dermatitis) that causes irritation, soreness, matted
areas of hair, and scabs on the horse’s lower legs, most commonly the back of the pastern and the
heels. The skin becomes soft from permanently being . . .