Many horse owners use mud fever boots, otherwise known as turnout boots, to help prevent mud fever. But do mud fever boots work? This article outlines the pros and cons of using turnout boots. It will also outline the benefits of our own mud fever boot: Kyowave.
Traditional Mud Fever or Turnout Boots
Turnout boots are designed to cover the lower front or hind legs and protect them from mud and moisture. They are worn when the horse is turned out. Mud fever is caused by bacteria infecting broken and damaged skin, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to wet, muddy conditions. Therefore, protecting the horse’s legs should help prevent mud fever from occurring. But do mud fever boots work to prevent mud fever? The truth is there are a number of benefits and drawbacks to using mud fever or turnout boots.
Pros of Using Turnout Boots to Prevent Mud Fever
Turnout boots are simple to use and quick to put on the horse before turnout. Modern designs are lightweight and many are machine washable. Advancements in manufacturing mean there are now a range of breathable, moisture-wicking, antibacterial materials used in turnout boots.
Drawbacks of Using Turnout Boots to Prevent Mud Fever
Unfortunately, traditional mud fever or turnout boots aren’t always effective in preventing mud fever and they can make the problem worse.
Firstly, turnout boots are not always the most practical option. Many a turnout boot has been lost and trampled into a muddy field, at a financial cost to horse owners. Furthermore, turnout boots inevitably get dirty and must be changed and washed regularly. Using wet, dirty turnout boots will only make a mud fever infection more likely, and is probably worse than using nothing at all. Like any kind of boot, turnout boots can rub, which leads to damaged and broken skin. Again, this makes mud fever more likely. Finally, turnout boots may not be breathable enough and may prevent the horse’s legs from maintaining a safe temperature – vital for injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Kyowave: A New Kind of Mud Fever Boot
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to use turnout boots is down to the owner. However, it is worth bearing in mind that they are not a one-size-fits-all mud fever prevention. If your horse is prone to mud fever, why not invest in an effective, tried and tested treatment?
Kyowave mud fever boots are designed to effectively treat mud fever. Our mud fever boots use blue light technology to destroy the bacteria that cause mud fever. Kyowave boots have been tested and proven to destroy bacteria in just 30 minutes. Simply wrap the boots around the affected pastern, switch on and allow to work for 30 minutes daily.
Why Kyowave is the best thing for mud fever in horses:
- Tried, tested and proven to be effective against mud fever
- Portable and rechargeable
- Use for just 30 minutes a day (no need to go hunting for those lost turnout boots!)
- Simple to use – just wrap, strap and switch on!
- Uses innovative blue light technology – no need to worry about antibiotic resistance
Kyowave mud fever boots are fully portable and battery operated, making them easy to use. Purchase Kyowave mud fever boots today and wave goodbye to mud fever this winter!