Mud Fever, pastern dermatitis, greasy heels and cracked heels, are all names given to a condition that can take over your life as a horse owner. Box rest, trying every lotion and potion in the book, plus those prescribed by vets with antibiotics and steroids. Mud Fever is usually seen most commonly during wet and muddy conditions but even heavy dew in the summer mornings can cause skin lesions, these ones more commonly known as dew burn. More often than not it effects the white, pink skinned heels, but your black hairy heels are not immune. Left untreated or unseen, hiding in the hairy legs, it can fester and become a major issue. Crusty, scabby, red, sore areas of the skin that sometimes weep, legs swell and become painful which causes obvious discomfort for the horse.
Kyowave is a new product from Cryochaps that can help in the fight against Mud Fever. It’s an easy to use boot that harnesses the bactericidal effects of blue light therapy.
Tests show a difference after only 3 weeks of daily use. Read all about the science here