At the moment she is in, I don't have winter turnout on the yard I'm on, I just don't want her to get it again, she was in so much pain with her leg, just one leg but it was awful, she was on painkillers and antibiotics for nearly 2 weeks :(
Hi Alex! Once mud rash or rain scald have taken a hold, they can be difficult to eliminate or control, as it is often not feasible to remove your horse or pony totally from the source of the problem such as a muddy field or rainy conditions! There are some preventative measures you can take to minimise the likelihood of either condition developing, although none of these are foolproof and you may eventually need to consider moving your horse or pony into a dry stable to control and treat either condition.
Avoid damp, mud and moisture: This is understandably easier said than done! But if your horse or pony’s grazing land is particularly damp and muddy, consider moving them to a field with better drainage. Points where horses congregate, such as near to the gates at feeding time are often particularly muddy, so blocking these areas off can help. Keep susceptible horse’s backs and necks dry with waterproof New Zealand rugs to minimise the exposed surface of the upper body and so minimise the likelihood of rain scald developing.
Don’t make the problem worse with water:
Many horse owners will wash off their horse’s muddy legs when they come in, thinking that this will help remove the source of the problem. However unless you are prepared to dry the legs thoroughly, this is unlikely to help. Either dry the legs after washing, or wait until the mud is dry and then brush it off.
Try using a waterproof barrier cream:
You may find some success by using a thick, oil based barrier cream such as Sudacrem on your horse’s legs and other affected areas before they are turned out. It goes without saying of course that the skin must be bone dry before doing this, otherwise you will only serve to trap moisture next to the skin.