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post #1 of 14 Old 01-21-2012, 03:55 AM Thread Starter
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Crusty weeping scabby patch?!

So today as I was grooming Rocky and I discovered a nasty looking scab that looked quite tender. Crusty and a little bit fleshy/weepy(Sorry not the best description)
I first noticed on Wednesday that there was a random patch of hair on his hind that was noticeably fluffier then the rest of his coat, it just kinda puffed out. Thought it was strange and squirted it with some avc just for the hell of it since I had some on me. On Thursday the patch had gone down and was barely noticeable. Sweet its sorted.. Friday I didn't see him and then today, Saturday, Bam! What the hell is that?!

Is this just a random patch of rain rot/scald? Or something else? He's uncovered most of the time and we have been having some quite wet humid weather, however all of this week has been fine. I've had come across rain rot before but not as random as this.

I've washed it with a iodine wash and sprayed it with some iodine spray afterwards. After I came back from my ride it looked a bit better. It probably is just rain scald but not 100% sure so any knowledge on the matter would be much appreciated

Oh and I also found a little version of it just above his coronet, above his heel bulbs.
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-21-2012, 04:06 AM
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It would help if you could post a picture of it clean.
All I can see is blue stuff that you put on it.
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I haven't put anything on it in this picture... that is exactly how I found it. Its black not blue.
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Fungus? That's the only thing I can think of that would cause such a discoloration. Unless he got acid burnt??

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I would hope not! The idea of someone throwing acid on my horse is a bit outrageous though considering he lives on my property lol. But isn't rain scald a fungus?
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O! Dang I can not say I have seen anything like that before.
Try rinsing it with mouth wash, just the original listerine.
If it does not clear up in a few days or if it starts to spread I would call out my vet.
Of course if he starts to act funny in anyway then call out your vet, so long as he is eating and drinking and acting like himself then I would give it a few days if you did not want to fall out a vet now.
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Whats good about Listerine? Wouldn't Iodine do a better job? Sorry don't mean to sound rude but I have never heard of anyone putting mouth wash on a horse before! =D Yeh I will if it does atm its in the 2 spots. He didn't seem to mind me squirting it before. I'm just curious to what exactly it is and why it has popped out of the blue. I was always told that rain scald is only commonly seen on horses with poor health and that healthy horses shouldn't really get it but hey there's always one exception!
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maybe rain scald??
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LOL I didn't mean someone threw it on him. I had a pooch who brushed up against the frame of a car that the BF and son were stripping with an acid. He lost almost a 1/4 of his tail because of it. Accidents happen.

And there is some debate still over rain rot being fungal or bacterial. I personally do feel it is fungal. Healthier animals make it harder for the condition to exist yes, but I'd still say it's possible. I second the vet opinion if it doesn't clear up soon! Hope the poneh clears up soon!

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post #10 of 14 Old 01-21-2012, 05:37 AM
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Its hard to tell your pictures look blue to me as well, but you say it's black and from the top picture it looks like maybe ringworm. Depending where you are from it could be that time of year. Is your horse with others? Have you already ruled ringworm out?
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