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    05-01-2008, 03:45 PM
Help- Rain Rot

My mare has rain rot on her back and rump...I tried some betadine scrub (she's chestnut so it works :) ), but I am not able to see her often enough to keep the treatment there something like a vinegar solution that would help get rid of the stuff more quickly? If you know, please email me suggestions at <> or post on here...thanks!
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    05-01-2008, 04:13 PM

1. Keep the horse in a dry, clean area that is very well ventilated. Give the horse protection against biting insects. Separate the horse from any others that also have rain rot.

2. Use an antimicrobal shampoo that lathers well. Vigorously lather the horse, let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. Be sure to follow with a conditioner that works well. Continue this for daily for 1 week.

3. Remove all scabs that are present. This is usually painful for the horse, so be gentle! The best way I have seen to remove these scabs is to temporarily moisten them (so they become soft and easy to remove). Be sure to dry the horse immediately after scab removal.

4. The organism in the horse's skin must be killed. This can be done by using any of the products listed below.

SEVERE CASES ONLY: for severe cases, antibiotics may be used. These include potassium penicillin, procaine penicillin G, sodium ampicillin, streptomycin or gentamycin. Immune-boosting drugs may also be needed for the horse's immune system to fight off the organism and heal. If your horse has a severe case of rain rot, make an appointment with your veterinarian and discuss the antibiotics listed above.
    05-01-2008, 05:02 PM
Again, MTG!
    05-01-2008, 05:04 PM
AGAIN, lol it's amazing stuff.
    05-01-2008, 05:30 PM
I don't know of any external product that works in one may just have to treat it when you can to keep things from getting worse and wait for spring/summer when its drier and things usually clear up on their own. I also like mtg.
    05-01-2008, 06:36 PM
Pick off the scabs (it can be painful so be gentle) and apply MTG where the scab was...

It usually takes care of the Rain Rot quickly.

Also is there any horse's with your horse that has rain rot? If yes, then your horse will more than likely keep getting it...rain rot is contagious....if a infected horse rubs against another horse, that other horse will get rain rot
    05-01-2008, 07:53 PM

    05-02-2008, 10:53 AM
As long as you keep the scabs picked off, the horse dry and clean the areas with ANY antibactial solution--betadine, chlorhexidine, etc--rain rot will clear up. However, it's not going to be immediate no matter what you use. You do not want to apply anything heavy like an ointment or a cream because this bacteria thrives in an evnironment without oxygen--this is also why it's important to remove the scabs.

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