Constant exposure to muddy, wet conditions weakens the skin’s natural defensive barrier, so applying barrier creams for horses to the legs can help to add some much needed strength. Creating and strengthening a barrier can help to protect your horse from bacteria that cause conditions such as mud fever.
Barrier creams for horses come in a range of forms, including creams, ointments and powders. Look for something that allows the skin to breathe and isn’t washed off easily by the rain. If your horse has sensitive skin, it’s likely that barrier creams made of natural products will be more suitable.
Barrier creams can not treat mud fever – if you suspect your horse has it, you should call your vet for advice – but they can help to protect your horse in the first place by creating a barrier where your horse is most vulnerable. Some types of turnout boots and chaps can help, too – check out a selection of the best turnout boots here.
Best barrier creams for horses
Sizes: 50g, 120g, 220g, 500g | RRP: £6.25 for 50g | Review: 10/10 |
This multipurpose, robust antibacterial protective cream protect against common winter skin conditions by forming a barrier. This non-greasy cream allows the skin to breathe normally and while providing protection to areas prone to exposure to cold, wet and muddy conditions.
This cream scored 10/10 as part of our independent testing scheme and awarded Horse & Hound Approved status – read the full review.
Nettex Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream
Sizes: 600ml | RRP: £15.99 |
This breathable waterproof barrier provides antibacterial protection against wet and muddy conditions. The formula is designed to moisturise and maintain elasticity of the skin to prevent drying, cracking and chapping of the skin. One application lasts seven days.
Carr & Day & Martin Protection Plus
Sizes: 500g | RRP: £11.95 |
This salve is used to protect and waterproof vulnerable areas, acting as a barrier against mud fever. It should be applied liberally to cleaned, vulnerable areas, and reapplied daily or as required.
Supreme Products Heritage Collection Leg & Feather Oil
Sizes: 1l, 5l | RRP: £9.80 |
This leg and feather oil can be painted directly onto feathers to improve and maintain a healthy skin condition. It acts as a mud repellent keeping mud scabs and sores at bay and helping keep legs and feathers in good condition throughout the year.
Sizes: 200ml | RRP: £31.50 |
This antibacterial cream absorbs easily to avoid a thick creamy layer. It should be applied once a day until the skin is totally healed and the hair has completely grown back.
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Robinson Animal Healthcare Activ Scrub
Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £10 |
This gentle antibacterial scrub and cleansing wash is ideal for removing scabs, dirt and contamination from the skin.
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NAF Mud Gard Barrier Cream
Sizes: 1.25kg | RRP: £22.99 |
This nourishing barrier cream protect your horse’s skin when exposed to the wet and mud. It contains MSM to support healthy skin and hair growth, and rosemary to soothe sore areas.
Lincoln Muddy Buddy Powder
Sizes: 350g | RRP: £11.50 |
This non-sticky antibacterial powder creates a protective, waterproof shield over the skin. In wet and muddy conditions, it acts as a water-repellent barrier that keeps the skin dry and protects it from softening and weakening. The sleek finish means the mud (or arena surface and bedding) doesn’t stick and it can also be used while wearing turnout boots.
Equine America Fungatrol Cream
Sizes: 400ml | RRP: £19.99 |
This cream can be used to condition and protect the skin from harsh winter weather. It contains chamomile, tea tree, mineral oil and clove bud essential oil. It should be applied in a thin layer twice daily.
Equine Products Sulphur Cream Plus
Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £16.84 |
This moisturising and conditioning emulsion cream contains MSM, zinc oxide and essential oils.
Excel Repel Mud-eze cream
Sizes: 250g, 500g | RRP: £10.99 for 250g |
Developed as a waterproof barrier cream, this product helps protect the legs of horses exposed to mud and rain.
Audevard Tifene Pommade
Sizes: 250ml | RRP: £29.12 |
Formulated for horses requiring versatile skin care, this formula combines three essential oils with an oily base. It provides the skin with protection against environmental stresses such as water, dust and insects.
WildWash Equine Wonder Balm
Sizes: 100ml | RRP: £14.95 |
This multipurpose soothing and moisturising balm is full of natural ingredients. It can be used as a hoof dressing to help maintain healthy hooves or can be used on itchy spots, minor cuts, scrapes and grazes. It contains shea butter, sea buckthorn oil and kanuka oil.
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Sizes: 200ml | RRP: £34.99 |
Applied up to twice daily, Zarasyl delivers a form of silicon that’s associated with healthy connective tissue growth.
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Great Horse Products Oil2Horse Mighty Jel
Sizes: 500g | RRP: £19.99 |
This gel product creates a barrier on the heels and legs to prevent water saturating the skin and helps to promote hair regrowth.
Equiform Barrier Cream
Sizes: 100g | RRP: £3 |
This ointment should be used on clean dry legs to help support skin that has been exposed to mud and water. It has added tea tree and lavender.
Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £24.95 |
Mudcare contains a unique formula of sulfur and concentrated pure honey to support your horse’s legs in muddy conditions. It creates an environment that bacteria cannot survive and helps to soothe the skin.
Fine Fettle Skin Deep
Sizes: 180g | RRP: £30 |
Made with beeswax and olive oil components, this cream provides a protective, breathable barrier against the wet and mud, while nourishing the hoof wall and frog. Each application is long-lasting and there is usually no need to wash the area in between applications – wipe gently and reapply another layer.
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