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    03-28-2011, 12:51 PM
I think my horse has Rain Rot?!?!?!?

I'm not very sure if its rain rot but I think it is. It's hard to explain what it looks like but the soonest I can get some pictures is tomorrow or the day after.

If you don't mind i'd like to see some of your pictures of horses you've had/have that has had/has rain rot and i'd like to know a good treatment to. I lite to have a supplement that I can put on not one that goes into there food.

If you can help thanks. He's had whatever it is for a little over a month maybe more. It's not bad that's why I never worried about it but it's making me very curious what it is and since where about to start working him under saddle i'd like him to be healthy.
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    03-28-2011, 12:56 PM
Sorry I have a few more questions.

Can rain rot go away by itself?
Does it hurt your horse?
What causes rain rot?
Why does rain rot come up? (in another words. What is it bacteria, or??)

Sorry for all the questions. I'm not very educated in rain rot.
    03-28-2011, 01:01 PM
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Rain rot can cause lesions under the saddle area which CAN be a real problem.

I use a shampoo that I have found works miracles for rain rot. I mix three ingredients equally;

Cheap mouthwash
Dishwashing detergent
White vinegar

This really does a job on rain rot and leaves the horse's coat nice ans shiny. Use dish soap as it is meant to rinse out very easily.

Try it.
    03-28-2011, 01:13 PM
^ sounds good. I'll have to try it next week since it's cold until then.
    03-28-2011, 01:24 PM
Rain rot can be very painful...its a fungus it is also very contagious.

I think M-T-G works really well for rain rot. My horse had a little bit on her back and when I used M-T-G it was gone the next day.

Here's a picture of what rain rot looks like.

    03-28-2011, 07:32 PM
I had very good luck with tea tree oil. Just be very aggressive about treating it. It's a pain to get rid of and you really need to stay on top of it. Let whatever you use soak in for a good 15 minutes and then pick off every softened scab you can. Keep the area clean and dry and let as much air get to it as possible. Brush the hair backwards to increase airflow.
    03-29-2011, 10:00 AM
If it's rainrot it's very important to get all those little tufts of hair off. It is contagious, and can spread to other horses through contact but the easiest way it's spread is by tack and sharing brushes.
What I have used for years is good ole Listerine, regular flavor and mix it with water either 1:2 ratio or in a severe case I use a 3:1 ratio. I fill the spray bottle about 3/4 with Listerine and the rest water. I brush the horse first and I'll go over the rain rot with either a rubber curry or the metal one, usually metal because it's usually when they have their winter hair, but get off as many scabs and tufts of hair that's affected as you can. Spray all the brushes you use with the listerine spray before using it on another horse.
I do this treatment 1-2 times a day and once the scabs are off it hels very fast.
Chanti had rainrot all over her rump and after 4 days of getting the scabs off and soaking the area in the listerine spray it was all gone. I've tried MTG, and medicated sprays and they never worked.

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