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post #1 of 12 Old 01-18-2009, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Fungus on legs?

My horse's 2 hind legs have some kind of fungus.If you curry it it gets white and chunks of hair w/ white chunks fall off and the leg looks whiteish unless you currry it the legs look normal I just want to know what it is! Rain Rot? And how to get rid of it! My old mare had it once before she passed away.


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post #2 of 12 Old 01-18-2009, 10:21 PM
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Rain scald or mud rot. Treat it with an anti fungal shampoo. And if the horse is constantly getting muddy legs move to a dryer paddock and remember to brush the dried stuff off with a dandy brush. When you wash the horse towel dry the legs.

Curry combs should only be used over muscled areas.
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Rain scald or mud rot. Treat it with an anti fungal shampoo. And if the horse is constantly getting muddy legs move to a dryer paddock and remember to brush the dried stuff off with a dandy brush. When you wash the horse towel dry the legs.

Curry combs should only be used over muscled areas.
Oh thanks! I know that I just used it that time to get it off. Im going to be clippin her legs soon anyway. Thanks!


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The white nasties are very common. It's not rain scald or rain rot (both show irritated or weaping skin underneath). It's usually due to urine splashing up on the legs. If your horse is stalled, I would bed him a little deeper. If you have your own pasture, provide some pea gravel or other high drainage area to urinate.

Curry him often and bathe with betadine scrub on occassion. It will go away on its own, and ocassionally come back. It's nothing to really worry about.
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I notice that on my mare when she sheds in the spring and summer....does your horse always have that or just in the shedding season?

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my horse has had this off and on since I moved from a desert climate to an icky humid climate. I haven't found anything but daily betadine scrubs to get rid of it. Just noticed he had it again yesterday and its still to chilly to do daily scrubs
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Too chilly to wash? Slap on some desitin diaper ointment. I'm tellin y'all it works wonders. LOL

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It doesn't seem to bother the horses any. The skin usually doesn't get irritated, unless you scrub it too much, lol. It's really nothing to worry about. Just curry the area good whenever you groom and give your horse a soft or absorbant place to pee-pee, so it doesn't splash on their lower legs.
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It is rain rot, mud rot, scratches, whatever you want to call it. Try to keep him out of the mud or wet areas, give him plenty of bedding, and when you bathe him, make sure to dry his legs thoroughly. This is common in show horses because they are bathed all the time and don't think to dry the legs off. All of the corrective suggestions listed above should work well.

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I've found that Triodine spray or MTG both work very well for getting rid of rainrot. My horses both have rainrot right now, but it's too cold and moist to do much about it... so I'm having to wait until it warms up some.

Remember to disinfect your grooming supplies very well... rainrot is very contagious in horses.

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