Miserable Mud

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I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for spring! After two late-winter snow storms in the past month, there’s nothing I’d rather see more than green grass sprouting and the sun shining in a bright blue sky. But, here in Kentucky and many other parts of the country, with spring comes mud. Lots of it. And most equestrians know that mud can be dangerous for both horse and handler.

I’ve been fortunate that the most mud-related damage Dorado has done to himself (knock on wood) relates to the amount of time it takes me to scrape him off to ride, but the slippery and sticky substance can prove problematic for any horseÑespecially older ones that don’t get around quite as easily as they used to.

Not only is mud annoying to scrape off a horse prior to a ride, it can also prove problematic for senior horses

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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