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    10-15-2012, 03:22 AM
Yeah, kind of seemed weird using diesel and I was never sure myself if it was the diesel or the eventual onset of the dry season that actually cleared it up, but it never seemed to bother the horses much, though faced with the same problem I'd probably go with the Listerine myself.
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    10-15-2012, 03:24 AM
And come to think of it we would also use diesel in back rubbers for cattle to stop buffalo fly eating them alive and it worked pretty good for that, but yeah, I'd give the mouthwash a go first.
    10-15-2012, 03:32 AM
I had a similar problem OP. I bought a mare in winter and she had rain scald. On the warmer days I would give her a quick rinse, but the rest of the time I used diluted Vetadine in a spray bottle. I'd spray it on, rub it in a little, and leave it at that.

In case you don't know what Vetadine is, it'd kind of like an iodine antibacterial wash for animals, just less ouchy.
    10-15-2012, 10:22 AM
In my area, most rain scald is caused by a bacteria. You could try a topical triple antibiotic ointment. If that doesn't work, you can get your veterinarian to look at it. It may be something that you can give injections or pills for.
    10-15-2012, 04:24 PM
You could try spot cleaning her with a washcloth soaked in hot water to loosen the scabs and make sure the area is dry before turning her out again. I know it feels silly to use a towel to dry a horse but I've done it before when cleaning wounds during cold weather. It does work for drying small areas.
    10-15-2012, 04:55 PM
MTG works like a dream for rain rot - Shapley's Original M-T-G
I buy it online or at the feed store
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    10-15-2012, 07:26 PM
A&D ointment works wonders, that and listerene everyother day worked great for my mare. Vetrycin works awesome too, but its soo pricey. Good luck!!
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    10-17-2012, 06:52 PM
Rain rot is often associated with nutritional deficiencies. You might want to re-evaluate your horse's diet or you could find yourself constantly fighting it off.
    10-17-2012, 07:56 PM
I give my horse the gold kinda mouthwash. Kills everything !! This is not a joke ! M7 pony had I really bad, and I just picked up a bottle. Mouth wash kill fungies :) and that's what rain rot is

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