With all the recent rain and snow, and more precipitation on the way, Lexington horse owners are sick of the muck! Horses are not too happy slopping around all day in the water-logged pastures either.
The mud makes it hard to get to the barn and grooming a mud caked horse is the worst. The mud craters freeze and make it treacherous for humans and horses to walk around. Twisted ankles and bruised hooves are common in these situations. Horses will lose their shoes more often in muddy terrain, so be sure to check them daily.
Some horse owners would rather keep their horses stalled in conditions like these, but beware this can cause more problems than the inconvenience of mud. Horses need exercise and time to graze or health problems or bad habits from boredom can be created. The hooves need cleaned and picked out or moisture can get captured between the hoof and the mud causing thrush and other hoof related problems.
Closing off pastures may be an idea to save on reseeding but this also puts more wear and tear on the pasture area that is left. Horses will destroy a soggy pasture in no time just from walking around, let alone if they get rambunctious and decide they need to run back to the barn.
This is definitely not a horse owner’s favorite time of year. How many of you or your horses have lost a shoe or boot to the mud? It’s just a terrible mess Mother Nature creates with the constant thawing and freezing.