Home Made Remedy For Horse’s Cracked Heels…| Aka Mud Fever


Mud Fever | Cracked Heels

The bane of most horse owner’s lives – mud fever aka cracked heels is a common problem made worse by wet muddy conditions. It is not a single disease but a collection of symptoms related to several causes and surprisingly it is not limited to horses that are in mud all day

It ranges from a mild skin irritation to deep painful and infected sores affecting the pasterns and heels but it can travel further up the leg

It can also affect the backs of horses and this is known as rain scald


Crusty scabs
Inflamed and hot skin
Matted hair
Spilt skin

Prevention & Treatment

Keep horses rugged in wet weather
Use protective gear like turnout socks
Avoid riding in deep mud
Reduce the standing time in mud
Remove mud from the horse’s legs
Muck out wet bedding regularly
Use barrier protection on the vulnerable areas
Use an anti bacterial and anti-fungal solution
Consult your vet

If Your Horse Suffers From Mud fever | Cracked Heels In The Winter

Try This Home Made Remedy

1 Jar of Petroleum Jelly (eg Vaseline)

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

5 Drops Tea Tree Oil

Heat to mix well and then cool for 10 minutes 

Rub in every 2-3 days

Alternatively , these featured products will help with Mud Fever

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  1. this was discussed on facebook recently and a lot of people were suggesting Manuka honey for mud fever which really seems to work…hope this helps someone

  2. would think pig oil would do just as well, just avoid oils with chemicals or fragrance etc…let us now how you get on, this winter is on record as one of the worse for mud fever…

  3. Can you substitute the olive oil or another oil??

  4. Thank you Jade….pig oil & sulphur seems to have really worked for lots with mud fever, if you have any more time or money saving ideas for horse care please share…thanks

  5. I’ve used pig oil with sulphur this year.as a prevention and I must say it’s worth every penny.and time washing.drying.and adding this to yr horses legs.I’m well impressed

  6. Hi i have a really old Remedy that ive been using for over 15yrs for Mud fever…

    Ingredients required..

    1. 1 TUB of sudacrem
    2. small box of flower of sulpher(mineral) can be perchased from health shop.
    3. bottle of olive oil or any good oil can be used.
    4. coffee jar with lid

    mix the full tub of sudocrem with oil shake well until cream is mixed with oil..not to thick,if to thick keep adding oil..we need a good dencity cream then slowly add the flower of sulpher keep shaking until half the small box is added. keep shaking until all mixed into a smooth cream.
    clean serface where mud fever wound is with hibiscrub (if the horse is hairy u will need to expose affected area to treat it thoroughly) dry thoroughly and apply mixture repeat ever other day and until sore has gone and then once clear apply to the skin oil or vasaline to protect sensitive area…i hope this helps some people as my cobs were bad at one stage now we dont have trouble with mud fever.x tara

  7. anyone still having mud fever problems? so much rain this year must be causing havoc…

  8. pig oil and sulphur BEFORE the horse gets mud fever will help prevent it, although you should test a small patch of skin before applying it liberally in case there's a reaction…

  9. Julie, thats great, exactly the sort of advice that people need

  10. Well I'll start off then, Sudocreme scabs to loosen them, pick them off when scabs are soft, skin will be pink or quite raw looking, wash wn warm solution of strong Hibiscrub, let dry throughly, apply Zinc n Castor oil cream liberally, box rest 2-3 days, n bobs ur uncle, sorted. X

  11. Months ago, there was a great conversation going about mud fever cures and remedies, it got lost when FB made one of the many recent changes, so can we re-start it…
    can you share your ideas and recommended products to help others? has anyone had success with "mud warrior"?

  12. who has mud fever for the first time this winter?

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