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How To Treat Mud Fever In Horses

December 10, 2018 3 min read

Mud Fever, sometimes called Scratches or Cannon Crud, can be a a real pain.

Mud fever is a catchall phrase for a variety of skin issues that arise in damp, muddy conditions. And rain rot shares the same characteristics, just typically on the back, withers or neck. The same bacterium, dermatophilus congolensis, causes both conditions, along with many others.Here is the interesting thing about this bacteria, it’s in a family called actinomycetes. Actinomycetes behave like both bacteria and fungi. This is why the debate on how to treat mud fever lasted so long. Because it displays symptoms of both. Horses naturally have these organisms on their skin; they lay dormant until muddy, damp conditions cause them to flare-up.

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How do you treat Mud Fever?

The solution to starving off this bacterium is to keep your horse’s skin dry. Sounds easy, right? But with constant rain and horses coming in and out, most pastures turn to mud pits. We rinse, and scrub, and dry in an endless cycle. But what if there was an easier way?That’s where COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE comes in.[gallery ids="24773,24774"]
“No matter how well you care for your horses, skin funk can show up and just not go away. We treated this to no avail - until we tried COAT DEFENSE. In just a week we noticed a huge difference! The best part is, it’s all-natural. Check it out and see for yourself how fast it works!”


COAT DEFENSE® is an all natural product line that only uses readable, recognizable And when they’re combined, become a powerful agent against equine skin issues. Handmade in the USA, it’s a simple, safe solution to equine skin problems.It’s used AFTER the skin is heavily inflamed or broken.  The thick consistency creates a protective barrier and defends the skin cells from pathogens and moisture.  Fungus and bacteria require moisture to survive and thrive. COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE provides the skin with a dry environment to enable healing, it continuously draws out moisture, and allows the body to repair damaged cells.
“I really like the products. I had really great results! I found that the paste isolated the fungus and made it easy for me to remove it without agitating the entire leg and the powder complimented the paste very well for maintaining a dry area. This stuff is very cool, I will turn to these products first from now on!”

How does COAT DEFENSE® work to TREAT mud fever?

The ingredients in COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE work to keep moisture to a minimum, starving the bacterium of their food source. The paste dries to create a scab like barrier, keeping external agents out while still allowing the horse’s skin cells to safely repair themselves.


Nope. It can also be used on…

  • Scatches / cellulitis – Dries and Draws fungus, bacteria, and general inflammation allowing for dramatic results in 2-4 days
  • Summer / Florida Sores – Dries, Draws, and shrinks
  • Proud Flesh – shrinks and dries
  • Insect Bites – cools, calms and eliminates itch. Draws out poison and inflammation. Horses, Dogs, and especially people
  • Dog Hot Spots – Calms, cools, and the area becomes ignored while healing
  • Acne – as an overnight mask, the drawing properties have delighted many adolescents!
  • Poison Ivy-stops itch on contact and draws out ooze quickly and painlessly
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