Case Studies - Lower Haddon Livery

Field Trial in England from 20.09.18 until 04.10.18

conducted by Elizabeth Newman, Equine Consultant


Trial participants at Lower Haddon Livery:


5 year old Cob gelding, hunting and general riding, owned by S.Kempster
Dom bites his lower forelegs to ease the itching caused by mites. We coated the area with Equimud for 3 nights and washed it off in the morning. No wraps were applied. After ceasing treatment with the mud we applied Vet Gold cream for 7 days. Itching / biting ceased and has not resumed.


7 year old Arab x Welsh gelding, show jumping and hunting owned by E.Caunter Mac's legs fill overnight regardless of whether he has worked or not. We applied Equimud as for routine application use, legs coated in mud between bottom of fetlock joint up to just below the knee, wrapped legs in wet brown paper to cover mud, applied leg wraps and stable bandages. We left on overnight and washed off the following morning. Mac's legs were cool and no swelling was felt the following morning. The owner was particularly impressed by how easily the mud washed off without discolouring Mac's legs. Mac is a light grey, almost white, horse and his owner has tried various clay products in the past that have stained his legs.


7 year old Irish Draught gelding competing at top level Working Hunter competitions, owned by E.Morrell. Harry suffers from tightness through both shoulders which we treated with Equimud. We applied a 1 cm layer of mud to his shoulders and neck, covered with a warm damp towel and neck stocking. We washed the mud off after 4 hours. His owner said he felt much more supple when she rode him after treatment.


24 year old Warmblood gelding, dressage and hacking, owned by N.Tilton
Abelard had 2 problems, Windgalls on a hind leg and restricted movement through his fore fetlocks due to tight skin (presumably due to a previous bout of mud fever). The Windgalls are no longer visible but they certainly restricted elasticity of movement during trot, particularly for a dressage horse. We applied the mud to his hind leg using the routine application method and we applied Vet Gold cream to his fore fetlocks. We did with for 8 nights. Following treatment there was a tremendous improvement in movement. Abelard is an older horse and the owner was overjoyed with the results.


23 year old Irish Cob mare, hacking, 1 day eventing, owned by A.Wilkinson
Chelsea suffers from scurf, particularly behind her knees. We applied Vet Gold cream to the area for 10 days and the improvement was very good. I suggested that VetGold cream should become part of Chelsea's daily grooming routine to generally improve the dry scurfy areas. MADDY Maddy is a 20 year old Clydesdale mare, dressage, hacking, owned by M.Thomas She suffers from Sweet Itch to her pasterns and part of her fetlocks. We applied the
VetGold cream for 9 days and the irritation ceased. The owner was very happy
because she had tried many other products previously that had failed to relieve Maddy's stamping and therefore the itching. 


Liv is a 16 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Grand Prix dressage, owned by B.Tilton. Liv suffers from filled and sensitive legs after work. We applied the Equimud using the routine application method with bandages etc overnight. The legs were cool and unfilled in the morning. The owner was very pleased with the results and also impressed at the ease of removal compared to Ice Tight.


Ammo is a 10 year old German Warmblood gelding, Dressage, owned by B.Tilton. Ammo has a hoof problem that started with his previous owner and that was so severe removal of some of the infected tissue had to be carried out by the vets under anaesthetic. Although the vets removed some of the infected tissue during his surgery a year ago some still remains. The clefs of the hooves felt slimy and jelly-like and the smell was overpowering, similar to Thrush but far more pungent. The owner has tried many treatments from her vet and farrier but nothing has worked. I was unsure whether the Equimud or the Vet Gold was the best solution so we treated the front hooves with Equimud and the back hooves with Vet Gold cream, tubbing then applying the products and padding and wrapping as for a hoof poultice. We did this for 4 days each night and washing off in the morning. After this period it was apparent that the EquiMud was doing a marginally better job (although the Vet Gold cream had also improved the condition).
We then applied EquiMud to all four hooves in the same way for a further 10 days. Ammo has improved dramatically. The smell no longer exists, the frog and clefs are smooth and free of jelly. Ammo was very sensitive to touch in the clef / frog and rather 'footie' on uneven ground. He is now walking normally and sensitivity is minimal. This problem is a deep infection over many years that has not previously been fully resolved. I have advised the owner to continue tubbing and applying the mud each night until her farriers next visit. He will then trim and remove dead horn from the hooves and hopefully enable the mud to access deeper into the hooves. 


21 year old Connemara x Welsh x TB mare, showing, hacking, owned by J.Hayes. Indi suffers from severe Sweet Itch to her mane and wither area. Her owner has tried many products but nothing has solved the problem. We applied Vet Gold cream morning and evening for 10 days. The itching ceased after 2 days and she no longer rubbed the area. By day 10 there had been a tremendous amount of hair re-growth over the affected area. The owner was very impressed. 


9 year old Irish Draught gelding, top level showing, owned by E.Morrell
Gucci has an undefined skin condition that flares up periodically regardless of the season. Several vets have been unable to diagnose the problem which creates ugly areas of skin.It self-heals, usually within 2 weeks which is a disaster for a top level show horse who is judged in competition on his turnout and coat quality. We applied Equimud to the affected area in the evening, we did not apply a dressing. We washed it off in the morning and applied Vet Gold cream after towel drying the area. We repeated the routine the following day. Within 48 hours the affected area was healed completely.

   Before Treatment                     After EquiMud washed off

Before treatment                        After mud washed off


12 hours after EquiMud              24 hours after VetGold Cream

12 hours after EquiMud                        24 hours after VetGold Cream



25 year old Welsh Cob mare, dressage, hacking, owned by H.Pegram.
Kia suffers from severe Mud Fever in the winter. In the summer months it subsides but the skin around her fetlocks and pasterns feels grainy and lacking in elasticity which affects her movement. This is a common feature of Mud Fever in remission. We applied Vet Gold cream twice a day for 7 days. The texture of the skin improved noticeably during this time.