I'd been worried about the mud issue ever since first moving to this barn - the turnouts being so small and not grassy - but I was really hoping we could hold out a little longer before the mud became a problem. Unfortunately yesterday when I went to the barn after work I discovered each of Charlie's heels was white and swollen with mud rash. Not surprising, once I had a look outside at the paddocks; they were complete mud pits:
|After the initial hose off. You can see the distinct white areas and a few sores on his heel bulb.|
I feel good that I caught it fairly early, and Charlie's not lame at all, but I do feel bad for him and I'm a little disappointed that his legs weren't hosed off when he was brought in if it was that muddy...now he has to stay in for a few days while his heels dry out and he's not going to like that at all.
|"Honestly, mom, it's not so bad. Just give me lots of cookies" :)|