Competition Safe Remedies for you and your Horse
by Fiona Lane June 06, 2021
Mud Fever and Photosensitivity can present with similar symptoms, but they're actually very different conditions with different solutions. So how do you tell which one your horse has?
If Mud Fever symptoms appear overnight or keep recurring despite careful management, then that's a sign that you might be dealing with Photosensitivity.
The time of year is also a clue. Photosensitivity often occurs in Autumn and Spring when there is lots of lush green grass around that contains fluorescing chemicals such as chlorophyll. When this grass is digested, these compounds pass into the bloodstream where they circulate around the body. In areas where there is little pigment or hair - such as stockings and muzzles - the sun's ultraviolet rays pass easily through the skin and into the blood vessels. This causes the compounds to fluoresce which causes a type of 'sunburn' that occurs from the inside out.
It's not just green grass that can cause a photosensitive reaction. Those blue-green algae in the water trough and other toxic elements in the grazing can impair the liver function needed to rid chlorophyll from the system, causing it to build up over time.
A symptom of Photosensitivity is broken skin, which makes it easier for the bacteria that cause Mud Fever to get in and set up an infection. If you treat the Mud Fever symptoms but don't treat the underlying Photosensitivity, the bacteria keep getting in and infection will keep recurring.
Our Photosensitivity range supports a natural immune response to photosensitivity and comes in a handy 230 dose pump bottle or in Jerry Cans for dosing water troughs. Tap to find out more!
by Fiona Lane April 14, 2022
by Fiona Lane March 02, 2022
The key to keeping an anxious horse - and its rider - safe is identifying the triggers. But what if those triggers - such as storms, floats or the hustle and bustle of Show Day - are unavoidable? That's where customers find our range of natural calming remedies for horses can help.
by Fiona Lane February 04, 2022
If you have an itchy horse, here's a few tips on how to identify some of the most common skin ailments, and suggestions for how to manage them using our range of 100% natural remedies.