Horses Modeling 3 Mud Varieties

Having grown up mostly outside and in the barn, I was shocked to learn that I never knew mud until I moved to Maryland.

Apparently what I had experienced was more appropriately titled “wet sand” or “semi-moist soil.” This year, I’ve been baptized by snow’s wicked stepsister: mud. And there are several different varieties that plague the best riding plans. From least difficult to remedy to most:

1) Watercolor Mud. This thin grime boasts an almost silky texture. Though it looks epidemic coating entire blankets, it is easily dusted away.

Sam mud

2) Meringue Mud. Transforming teddy bear-like winter coats into miniature snow-capped mountain lookalikes, this silt is most often found on necks, legs, ears, and tails.

Murmer mud

3) Kiln-fired Adobe Mud. Upon encountering this sludge, you legitimately wonder whether your horse tromped through a batch of uncured cement.

Murmer mud hoof

All kidding aside, it’s important to groom horses regularly, especially in wet conditions. Mud can trap moisture, bacteria, and fungus in hooves and on skin. Thrush, scratches, and rain-rot do not a happy horse make. And just think, Β the elbow grease you expend in a vigorous curry will keep you warm; the muscle behind an active hoof-pick will keep you fit; and the shine of your horse’s coat will keep you the envy of the indoor!

(If your horse does succumb to the scurf, Abby Phillips has a good primer on treatment.)

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13 thoughts on “Horses Modeling 3 Mud Varieties

  1. Coming from a similar “mud background” as you, I laughed a lot with this post! Back on the island, prior to living in FL, we had “real” mud but I was blessed with a horse that thought he was a prince and getting dirty was beneath him. I don’t think I’ll ever see this MD mud the same way again! Great post!

  2. We’re here in California, but usually it is MUCH wetter during the fall and winter. We’re experiencing a drought currently. There is a horse at our barn who is rarely blanketed, as she is so huge. And she is always covered in mud. I used to ride her, but when I started leasing, the horse I lease is blanketed, making winter grooming a bit easier. However, I don’t mind when he gets all muddy, because I enjoy cleaning. him. Then there’s that foot photo. Yikes. Looks familiar. πŸ™‚

      • They are, and they are just so impacted sometimes it’s amazing. I’ve found myself huffing and puffing after foot cleaning sometimes! But then again, I’m old. πŸ˜‰

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