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    05-14-2010, 01:09 AM
Rain Blanket Question

I guess it will be a blanket in general question(s)
Given that my horse is a werido and I guess it can be from never having shelter so he thinks it COMPLETELY normally to be all out in the rain, the last time it really rained here in Florida. He got horrible rain rot. This was the 1st real rain we had here, and we had finished building his stable a few days later. Well we also found out that he loses his mind when he's locked up. When we rescued him he only lived in a 10x10 area with no cover. So I assume that's why he freaked, anyhow he freaked out enough one of the things he did at some point during the night he ripped/kicked his water bucket off the post and it turned the O ring it was hung with into a hook and he ripped his nostril off

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He had a finger size hole ab above his nostril already from prev. Owner that she never had closed when he ripped it on a barbwire fence, so he caught that on the hook he created and ripped it through his face and I came out in the am to a bloody horror. Needless to s
ay putting him up is out. The weather he is perfect rain rot weather 24/7. He is still bald from where he got it
Do rain blankets work? Can I leave them on for a long period of time? What kind ? Is a waterproof turn out sheet the same thing? Will it be too hot for him?
I'm confused... of all things to baffle my mind about horses in general I
didn't think blankets would do it to me

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    05-14-2010, 02:20 AM
This information was taken from the article "Rain Rot" on thehorse.com

Practicing good hygiene, such as daily grooming with clean brushes, along with reducing environmental risk factors (constant wet and/or humid environments and biting insects), are the best ways to prevent your horse from getting rain rot. Because this infection can spread to other horses, it's important to isolate the infected horse to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to pasturemates. Also, be sure to use a separate set of grooming tools and tack (if the infection is light enough to continue working the horse without causing harm), and disinfect these items between each use."

The full article can be found here: The Horse | Rain Rot (If they ask you to register to view this article, it's free.)

If you are still interested in a waterproof turnout sheet, they do work, and can readily be bought over the internet. Make sure you measure your horse properly. Online stores will tell you exactly how to do this.

I sure hope his nose heals well. That looks extremely painful.
    05-14-2010, 02:26 AM
I've read that article before, didn't say much for the blanket part as far as treating I've got that covered.
Nose is healed he keep rubbing out the sutures so we have to knock him down and remove a flap of skin that didn't hold, but other wise he's fine now
    05-14-2010, 02:27 AM
Opps meant kept
    05-14-2010, 04:15 AM
Ye they are fine to leave on once you check your horse twice a day. Ensure all fixtures are snugly fit.

My horses are rugged from september and some are still rugged up.
    05-14-2010, 08:24 AM
He won't take shelter under a lean-to? I have a turtleneck rain sheet..which I love, it's got a breathable netting layer and the neck and straps have elastic in them so that the rain doesn't soak under the blanket. You may benefit from purchasing 2-3 waterproof sheets so that you can change them if he's out all the time.
    05-14-2010, 06:41 PM
Originally Posted by Seahorseys    
he won't take shelter under a lean-to?
Never thought about that, the stall we built isn't full inclosed its just a roof with rails around it and a gate to close him im there
    05-14-2010, 08:45 PM
Green Broke
If you remove the gate, he may use the shelter since he won't feel trapped in there.
    05-15-2010, 01:00 AM
I use rain sheets. I like Schneider's tack (SStack.com) for reasonably priced ones. I get breathable, water proof sheets, no insulation. They keep the wind and rain off in the in between seasons. They will get hot in them if the temps get to 50 degrees though. Usually in the spring, it is a hassle, but you have to take blankets on and off as temperatures and weather fluctuates.
    05-15-2010, 07:55 AM
Originally Posted by Juniper    
I get breathable, water proof sheets, no insulation. They keep the wind and rain off in the in between seasons. They will get hot in them if the temps get to 50 degrees though. Usually in the spring, it is a hassle, but you have to take blankets on and off as temperatures and weather fluctuates.
Yes, you don't want to leave even a rain sheet on when it's over 50-60 degrees....they'll get too hot and sweaty and that will be worse. We only use rain sheets when it's raining, windy, and in the 30s.

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