If it's only on his heels, you could leave his feathers on, unless the skin is getting wet through the hair, if it is, then take the feathers off so the skin can dry naturally. If he has a lot of hair where he's sore, then trim it off with scissors.
You could try mixing a jar of vaseline with a bottle of wound powder ( need to heat the vaseline a bit first so it mixes well).
Don't wash his legs unless they are wet & muddy If they are, then either wash & dry thoroughly or wait till they are dry & brush the mud off before smothering the mud fever with the paste to protect it - the next day, just wipe it off with some paper towel & re apply it.
You don't want to keep washing it, you want to keep the water out.
This was a remedy from a vet & i know people who have had very good results with it.
in your situation, i would def give it a try as you won't be able to dry him well enough.
i would be wary of using pig oil as some horses can react badly to it.
15 November 2011 18:21