Mud Woes

What is your biggest horse vs. mud woe this spring?

Lost shoes
Scratches, or pastern dermatitis
Slick footing
White line disease

Total votes cast: 758

Comments & Write-in Answers

None of these. I solved the mud problem around my barn--yippee

3/10/2014 9:33:11 PM

especially the TB

3/10/2014 5:56:54 PM

Thrush is a problem because it can spread so easily.

3/10/2014 5:37:41 PM

Every where he walks it is micky

3/10/2014 2:12:30 PM

Can't clean the paddocks!

3/10/2014 12:39:56 PM


3/9/2014 6:57:10 PM

Always slipping and sliding on the trails, outdoor arena, etc

3/9/2014 5:32:10 PM

Having Gypsy Vanner Horses always gives me cause for concern

3/9/2014 3:30:29 PM

Wasted hay is another big one!

3/9/2014 9:52:00 AM

Have to resist the urge to push too hard in miserable footing

3/7/2014 1:42:15 PM

It's been a wet muddy year. An ongoing battle with white line disease.

3/7/2014 12:43:39 PM

Tearing up the pasture, which means less grass in summer.

3/7/2014 11:27:38 AM

My Shires feathers will be mud balls...UGH!!!

3/7/2014 8:29:12 AM

Mud/horses means more mud. Not fun.

3/6/2014 8:13:10 PM

and...white line disease or seedy toe

3/6/2014 7:25:54 PM

Still frozen here in western NY so no problems yet.

3/6/2014 5:02:33 PM

I wash and towel dry the legs after riding through muddy areas. Saves time doctoring.

3/6/2014 4:36:03 PM

The mud just sucks the shoe right off, DRIVES ME NUTS!!!!!!

3/6/2014 4:00:14 PM

Mud quickly sucks the shoes off of horses, and sloppy footing makes it hard to work outside.

3/6/2014 1:39:35 PM

White Line was eliminated by balancing bare hooves!

3/6/2014 12:43:11 PM

Last year my horse suffered with lychocytoclastic vasiculitis on his white leg.

3/6/2014 8:26:39 AM


3/6/2014 4:55:31 AM

I clean my horses feet out morning & night to prevent thrush, but our field is very slick,.

3/6/2014 12:31:37 AM

This has been the wettest winter we have had for yearss

3/5/2014 10:46:02 PM

All of the above

3/5/2014 7:54:13 PM

None of the above? Spring thaw flooding and what dangers lurk under deep mud!

3/5/2014 7:48:27 PM

white legs on a TB - enough said

3/5/2014 6:04:34 PM

My horse has horrible feet that crack all the time and he gets a lot of abscesses!

3/5/2014 5:24:07 PM

Getting stuck in the mud can also mean getting pulled muscles, etc besides losing a shoe.

3/5/2014 11:51:19 AM

Has special fronts that are costly, pasture already ate 2 can't find :(

3/5/2014 11:08:56 AM

We have so much mud and it's so deep that 1 horse has had a tendon injury

3/5/2014 11:08:16 AM

We still have have frozen ground but when the frost comes out the footing is treacherous.

3/5/2014 11:04:41 AM

Our three horses seem to do fairly well every spring (though I may get stuck and lose a boot or two)

3/5/2014 10:23:16 AM

Our old Thoroughbred has arthritis of the pelvis so sudden slips are painful to her. So mud season

3/5/2014 9:46:20 AM

I call it tendon injury weather. I don't ride when the mud is bad.

3/5/2014 8:59:37 AM

mud fever

3/5/2014 8:27:55 AM

been fighting this for several years now. Pony had his feet resected, took a year to grow out

3/5/2014 8:13:35 AM

When your horse has custom shoes, having one get lost in the mud gets to be really expensive!

3/5/2014 12:36:15 AM

I always worry about them slipping as they play and romp around.

3/5/2014 12:31:02 AM

Weary of slippery spots on trails

3/4/2014 11:02:26 PM

My OTTB gets abscesses on occasion, and springtime seems to be the time he gets them most often.

3/4/2014 9:50:39 PM

Spring and all winter long

3/4/2014 9:00:12 PM

Simply not being able to finally get out and GO after prep in our sm indoor!

3/4/2014 7:08:17 PM

O mud! Feet spend most of the time being wete - hard to prevent thrush. Slippry footing an issue too

3/4/2014 5:57:22 PM

I worry about them twisting or pulling something

3/4/2014 5:26:08 PM

Western WA farrier- all of the above; it's a constant battle

3/4/2014 5:15:54 PM

You can manage scratches, abscesses, etc. with diligence. But changing footing is expensive.

3/4/2014 4:31:57 PM

Thrush for sure for two and scratches for the other.

3/4/2014 4:14:51 PM

getting the manure cart stuck while mucking and losing MY shoes

3/4/2014 3:03:58 PM

I'm lucky; my horses' bare feet remain healthy, but I can't ride; too slick :(

3/4/2014 12:15:18 PM

All of the above!

3/4/2014 11:13:53 AM

The black soil in North Central Texas will suck the shoes right off the horse!

3/4/2014 11:04:13 AM

None of the above-wet ground encourages hoof cracks - every year a battle to prevent

3/4/2014 11:02:28 AM

abscesses seem to occur no matter how well I care for the feet when it is wet for long periods.

3/4/2014 10:32:18 AM

Also, brushing it off!! Lol

3/4/2014 8:02:27 AM