Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: TN, but moving soon
• Horses: 0
As far as susceptability in certain horses and health playing a part, I think age may well a part also, so beating it now and making sure it doesn't come back is important, your next outbreak will be harder to get rid of.
Working at a Rescue Stable I've seen rain rot more than I wanted to. The owner came up with some interesting creations to fight it. I totally agree with washing everything, including the blankets and pads, in bleach or bleach alternatives in hot water.
For the rain rot spots, clean them with a warm soap and water until the scabs can come off, moist as possible because scrubbing needs to be minimized. At this point we used a betadine, witch hazel, and aloe applied via squirt bottle. You can cover it with a wound spray from there if you want, but its better to let it breath. Leave unblanketed in a stall for at least an hour afterwards. Horse should only be outside it its sunny and should be blanketed. I'd suggest double padding him when you do start riding again, the lack of hair will make everythign rub uncomfortably until it crows back. When the rot clears, keep applying just the aloe, and gently scrub the skin to help it strengthen and revitalize hair.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back ---Abigail Van Buren