Mud Fever is an infection which most commonly affects the horse’s pastern and heel area and as the name suggests is most frequently seen in muddy and/or wet conditions. Under normal circumstances the skin acts as a protective barrier however continual wetting of the skin can break down this barrier and allow bacteria to enter and cause infection. Generally horses and ponies with white socks are more prone to the condition but Mud Fever will affect horses of all breeds, ages and colour. As with any bacterial infection, mud fever can become a very serious condition very quickly if left untreated. The legs can become swollen and sore and open sores can become quickly infected
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