Help- Rain Rot - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 05-01-2008, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0
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!

Crazy Endurance Rider 08
DarkMiztREehorse is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 05-01-2008, 04:13 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 1,284
• Horses: 4

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.
G and K's Mom is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 05-01-2008, 05:02 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Alliance, Ohio
Posts: 1,500
• Horses: 1
Again, MTG!

"Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness."
Harlee rides horses is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 05-01-2008, 05:04 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 13,178
• Horses: 1
AGAIN, lol it's amazing stuff.

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 05-01-2008, 05:30 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Posts: 1,730
• Horses: 1
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.
Sara is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 05-01-2008, 06:36 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 2,672
• Horses: 1
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
SonnyWimps is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 05-01-2008, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0


Crazy Endurance Rider 08
DarkMiztREehorse is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 05-02-2008, 10:53 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: East Texas
Posts: 1,951
• Horses: 5
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.

Cindy D.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Ryle is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome