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    08-02-2008, 07:09 PM
Rainrot help.

Okay I have offically determined that the gunk on Doc's face is rainrot. I am buying some MTG tommrow seeing my Micro Tek isn't doing a dang thing. Whenever I pull or scratch on it it pulls all of his blaze hair off. So should I start treating it? And the hair will fall out as it re-grows? Or should I get as much of it off as possible THEN start treating it?

I hate rainrot...I can deal with it on his feet. But it upsets me for it being on his pretty face :(
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    08-02-2008, 07:24 PM
Just start treating it
    08-02-2008, 11:32 PM
Someone in my barn clipped my horse's bridle path a few months back and the clipper blades started him with rain rot. He had it in his mane and forelock and on his forehead. I scrubbed it really well with Betadine scrub (not the solution). It took all the scabs, dead/loose hair and skin off. Then I treated it with Nitrofurazone. He looked good and the hair was growing back in a couple of weeks.

Unfortunately I didn't get it all (or didn't treat it long enough...I've never had a problem with rainrot before). He got it back in his mane and down his neck this time. To make matters worse, I contaminated my mane brush and spread it to his tail. I am washing it with betadine once a week and am now spraying him with Fungasol. I'll keep you posted on how it works.
    08-03-2008, 08:48 AM
It doesnt matter what happens you are going to lose the hair in each spot where the rot is. As mentioned something that is betadine or iodine based.

The most important thing it keep him dry and covered. It helps when a horse is sensitive to rain rot to but a full combo including hood and ears to put on in the summertime. Waterproof rugs are good too :)

Another less known thing you can use is colloidal silver. It works brilliantly on fungal problems and is totally natural ;)
    08-04-2008, 12:04 AM
I would just slather on some Desitin diaper ointment. Works great on rainrot and scratches.
    08-04-2008, 06:42 AM
^^^ I don't see you around much these days :) hows that bit going for ya?

And I never thought of diaper cream. Makes sense I suppose :)

But yeah for ongoing probs I would use the colloidal silver though. I got to the point last year where I put a few squirts on each part of them that was susceptible to rain scald and it did a marvelous job of warding it off too :)
    08-04-2008, 02:19 PM
Originally Posted by Appyt
I would just slather on some Desitin diaper ointment. Works great on rainrot and scratches.
if you use the generic hydrocortizone its the same as Desitin and is actually a lot cheaper.
    08-04-2008, 02:44 PM
I have heard bathing in selsun blue medicated shampoo works well too
    08-04-2008, 04:11 PM
I have done all of the above and all methods have worked. I have also used plain ole yucky (yellow) listerine. Bath the horse all over or just in the spots where rain rot is present. It helps to clean & disinfect the areas. I hate the smell & taste of that yuck original listerine but it makes the horse smell good! LOL. Either way you choose to clean it up ~ best of luck.

Ps The diaper cream is a new way I heard about a few months back & does work well! I get the cheap off the wall brand. Same difference just different name & a cheaper price.
    08-04-2008, 08:18 PM
Yes I use the "store brand" desitin for the barn.. Just didn't have time to type more as I was rushing out. ;) I find myself using it on most horsey booboos.

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