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post #1 of 11 Old 12-20-2008, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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HELP I'm terrified-- skin condition

I've been away at college for 3.5 months so I haven't seen my horse since then. My parents have been taking care of him (but no one's been riding him). I went out to see him today... took off his winter blanket..he was somewhat dirty under the blanket so I went to groom...

I found STRANGE clots of hair between his saddle area and left hip. I also found some clustered in a very small area on his left rump and just a couple stray clots on his right shoulder. I"M TERRIFIED because with a gentle tug at them they come out entirely, hair and skin, leaving what looks like raw skin underneath. There is no blood. However there is pus (at least I think its pus). My horse does not seem to notice when I touch them, pull them out, or even press on the raw skin after. It is very localized in the areas I mentioned-- in other places his skin and hair is fine. His demeanor is normal.

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON?
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-20-2008, 02:48 PM
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Hmm, I would call a vet ASAP or get him to one. But maybe ringworm? Ringworm isn't an actual worm but a fungal infection that is contagious, even from horse to human. Maybe look it up and see if it fits?
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-20-2008, 03:29 PM
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Rain rot can you get pics of it??

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-20-2008, 04:18 PM
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Yes, Rain rot!
I have had good luck with Betadine surgical scrub to get rid of "rain rot"!You will also have to clean his blanket before using it again!
Here is a site with pics. Hope it helps!
Courses on Horses: What is rain rot?
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-20-2008, 08:17 PM
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I also hear that listerene works great on the horse. It worked for mine, cleared it up in a couple weeks or so.
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DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON?

Rain rot. I use Desitin(store brand) baby bottom ointment. Works great.. As has been mentioned, you will need to launder the blanket before using it again.

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post #7 of 11 Old 12-20-2008, 10:09 PM
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Definitely isn't ringworm the founds of it. Ringworm manifests in circular patterns- hence the ring part.
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-20-2008, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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so i've done some research and I think it is definitely rain rot as you say. I've treated all the sores directly... removed all the scabs I could find... letting his skin breathe. After looking at pictures online and then going back and comparing... his case is NOT as severe as I originally feared! I was just very panicked because I never heard of this before! It is still very unpleasant though =(

Thank you all for your help so far, hopefully it will begin to get better. One problem is that it is very cold outside and I am not sure whether to put a (clean) blanket on him or not. Perhaps use a light fleece type? Or maybe keep him in the barn with no blanket?
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-21-2008, 12:15 AM
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Avoid blanketing if you can, a blanket, cooler or anything will only trap in heat/moisture, the growing ground for rain rot. Best to leave it uncovered.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-22-2008, 02:54 PM
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when I bought Kyanne the same thing happened, the vet said it was rain rot. I bought a equate brand of athlete's foot and it cleared it up.

I would rather ride my horse than my husband; She's funner and doesn't expect anything in return!
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