Please move this if you think it should be else where but I though people might be interested in this.
I have for the last 3 years been battling with Beach's mudfever. Last year and the year before Beach's legs were terrible.... I was bandaging and caring for his legs from September through to March.... it was a nightmare! He is also out 24/7
I heard though word of mouth that Alfalfa (lucerene) might cause allergies in some horses. I looked at Beach's Diet and he was getting Alfalfa as it was in the Hifi Light I was feeding him. I checked all his feeds and decided that I should see if he might be allergic to it. So as of about April time this year he stopped having ANY alfa alfa.
This year he has not had any mud fever (touch wood) We had muddy fields during the summer months >:(......nothing
, normally in late August and Septemeber when we get the dew morning and night he starts getting scabs ..... This year...... nothing
We had that heavy rain resently and the field got quite muddy.... STILL nothing.
I know we still have the rest of winter to go but normally by now I am plastering his legs in Zinc and caster oil cream wrapping them in bandages and he has scabs left right and center. So far NOTHING
If your horse is prone to mud fever it might be worth checking to see if alfa alfa is in the feed they get.
I am positive this is the underlying cause. I will report back as we get further in to winter but I haven't changed anything other than removing Alfalfa from his diet
Has anyone else found this?