What is Mud Fever in horses? “Mud Fever” is a catch-all term for a variety of seasonal sores and irritations on horses’ legs and feet that share a root cause: excess moisture. Veterinarians may use the terms pastern dermatitis or pastern folliculitis. Other common names include scratches, dew poisoning, greasy heel, and cracked heels. Symptoms of Mud Fever can include irritated skin, open sores, crusty scabs, heat and inflammation.
Your horse’s skin acts as a powerful, natural barrier against harmful micro-organisms. If that barrier is compromised, pathways open up for bacteria, fungus and other pesky irritants to cause problems. Prolonged exposure to wet, muddy conditions can disrupt your horse’s natural protection. It’s important to support your horses’s skin integrity during wet seasons to keep him healthy and sound!
A few easy, natural additions to your grooming routine now can prevent four legs full of trouble later! Horse already showing symptoms? Read our Mud Fever Prevention and Treatment post for some helpful mud fever prevent and treatment tips for your horse!