Mud fever means misery for many horses and their owners during prolonged wet spells when the ground is covered in mud.
The serious and painful skin infection – chiefly affecting the lower legs – is mainly caused by a microbe found in mud which causes sores and scabs making it hard for horses to lie down and walk and can cause lameness.
Treatment has always been a long and frustrating process – but thanks to researchers from the University of Lincoln a new effective therapy is now available which it is believed can kill the microbe and bring fast relief and healing.
Veterinary Record, the Journal of the British Veterinary Association, has reported on the work of the University’s Frank Ruedisueli – programme leader and senior lecturer in Bio-veterinary Sciences – which has led to the new product Muddy Buddy Mud Kure.
Mr Ruedisueli is quoted in Veterinary Record saying: “We are very excited that our research has led to this product being made available which could ease the suffering of many horses.”
Five years of research by the university staff and students into topical, anti-microbial treatments for mud fever led to the new formulation and nationwide tests on horses with severe and stubborn cases of the disease were successful.
The research was adapted and manufactured by Lincoln company Battle, Hayward and Bower.
Horses whose infected legs are too painful to be touched can be treated first with the Lincoln Muddy Buddy Magic Mud Kure Powder which can be puffed on to the sores without physical contact.
As the condition improves, it is recommended to apply the Lincoln Muddy Buddy Magic Mud Kure Cream as the skin becomes less sensitive.