Q: My TB Gelding has started to develop signs of mud fever. He's
in at night and out during the day.
in the mornings I've noticed that his lower hind legs are puffy.
There's no heat in them and he isn't lame. When he's turned out
the puffiness subsides.
causing this and have you any tips on controlling mud fever? also
when he was turned out in a new fiend recently his hind legs swelled
up. He wasn't lame but here were sign of colic-like bloated ness.
My vet diagnosed
a photosensitive reaction,, possibly related to something he ate.
Fortunately the condition soon cleared up but what is it?
fever, filling of the legs and photosensitisation are closely related
problems. Photosensitisation is a condition, which sensitises you
horses skin to sunlight. It may he caused y eating toxic plants
such as St Johns Wort, or by damage to the liver (caused by the
same plants or infections).
the condition cleared up quickly there is likely to be some remaining
damage to your horse's liver and other parts of the body, and he
will be more sensitive to such problems in the future. One of the
signs of such low-grade damage is weakened immune system and poor
circulation. This makes horses more prone to mild problems such
as the mud fever and filled legs you describe.
Mud fever is
a bacterial skin infection that occurs in we conditions and needs
to be treated with antibacterial preparations such as Hibiscrub
(available from your vet) There are many other effective lotions
and creams on the market, but make sure you keep your horses legs
as clean and dry as possible. My approach to these types of problems
is to build up the liver, digestive and immune systems.
such as aloe vera, dandelion and gentian do a good job of strengthening
the body, and there are many different available in the shops.
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