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post #1 of 12 Old 09-18-2013, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Miracle cure for rain rot!!

When I adopted my OTTB at the end of June, she had rain rot on her hind leg and it started spreading to her other legs and up her back. I'd never dealt with it before, so at first I didn't realize what it was until it was too late, and then I didn't know I was spreading it with her brushes and tack. When I showed her leg to my trainer, she explained that it's an actual fungus, not just an infection, so twice as hard to kill. I spent a month trying everything out there that swore to get rid of it, including numerous home remedy's from blogs, suggestions from other boarders, etc. Hundreds of dollars and lots of bottles now that were useless and the infection continued to spread the whole time. I was so upset and frustrated! I am fanatical about keeping her clean and making sure that her stall is always dry and clean, so it was very upsetting to feel so helpless.

Then, I finally asked a racetrack trainer friend of mine and she told me about Bonide Captan powder. She said its a well known secret at the track that daily rinses of the infected areas with a couple caps of Bonide mixed with water will stop the fungus in its tracks and kill it so the skin can heal. Bonide is actually used to kill fungus on plants, and I found a bottle in powder form on Amazon for 8 bux.

Worked like magic! Every day for 2 weeks I would wash my mare with dandruff shampoo from CVS (14 bux), scrub the scabs off the infected areas to get to the actual infection (sometimes scrubbing until they would bleed-which was really hard because I thought I was hurting her, but it didn't faze her) and then rinse her thoroughly and dry her off. Then I would mix about 2 capfuls of Bonide with water to fill the bottom of a bucket about half an inch, and then sponge it on to the infected areas. Leave it on there and let it drip dry. It will look sudsy like soap, but dries clear and you must let it drip dry! Within 2 weeks, maybe less, the infection was gone from all areas completely, her skin had healed and it hasn't come back. It's been about a month. I actually bought extra bottles of this just to keep at the barn. It didn't burn her, or hurt her in anyway and usually I had to scrub down to raw skin to get to the scabs off.

**Just a note, I also took all her brushes home every night and cleaned them with water and bleach until the infection was completely gone. And I used a fresh saddle pad for every ride. I think this is what kept it from spreading even more while I was fighting it with the Bonide. A lot of work, but absolutely worth it. And I never share brushes with anyone or let any other horses use her tack. And just for the heck of it, I now take her brushes home once a week to sterilize them the same way, just in case.***

The picture is her hind leg where it started. Now there is no sign of it anywhere and no scarring, and all her hair has already grown back!

I'm sure not everyone will agree with this, but it's the only thing that cured my girl, so I wanted to share what worked for us in the hopes it might help someone else too. I was able to find different sites on line with actual Vet's recommending this treatment as well. And from pictures I've seen online it can get very severe.....
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-18-2013, 04:17 PM
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Never heard of using a plant fungicide for rain rot.

When my horses have had fungus infections, I mix 4 parts water with 1 part bleach, 1 part gold Listerine and a splash of dish washing liquid. Spray on the affected areas and let dry. Within a week the fungal infection is completely gone.
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Hmm, never heard of anyone using that sort of thing, but I'd definitely be checking with a chemist or such before putting it on an animal, especially as the lable even says Captan is known to cause cancer & do not use it in a manner where the product or spray drift will come into contact with people or pets. Hope you used gloves.

T-tree oil or eucalyptus oil tend to be effective on just about any infection, be it fungal, bacterial or other. It shouldn't have to be applied every day for 2 weeks either, but a couple of days should do it. There are some different opinions about picking/scrubbing scabs off. I don't like to do it & haven't found it necessary. Picking them off(especially to the point of bleeding) is only hurting & further damaging the skin.

Of course it depends on environment & other factors, but horses with good, well balanced diet & nutrition are far less susceptible to infection such as this, so it may be an indication something's not right there.

Just as an aside, it's not healthy to use shampoo on a horse much. That will also make her skin more sensitive and open to infection.
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When my boy had it I just gave him baths with an iodine based shampoo, scratched off the scabs, then slathered on MTG. Cleared up in a week!
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3 days, no other products, no scrubbing needed. MAGIC stuff.

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First of all, ringworm and rain rot are two entirely different things. Most Rain Rot (actually all I have ever seen) is cured with Vitamin A because they will not get it if they have a good immune system and are not deficient in Vitamin A. Rain Rot is usually caused by bacteria and not fungus and the causative organisms are commonly in the soil and not considered 'pathogenic' unless the immune system is compromised.

Ringworm ( also known around the barn as 'girth itch') IS a pathogenic fungus and is wildly contagious, and YES, Captan, a wetable powder WILL KILL IT! I have used Captan for about 40 years, so it not some new miracle fix. It settle out, so any solution needs to be stirred or shaken just before using it. It is less irritating and far more effective than Iodine or Bleach. I used to be bothered with it A LOT when I had a public training stable. Every horse coming in got a bath with it. I had a tub of solution in the barn and dipped brushes in it if there was any question that one had it.

I have recommended Captan at least a time or two on this Forum if people thought they could have true ringworm and not just rain rot. Since rain rot is not a fungi, Captan usually does not do anything for it. A Penicillin shot will do more and used to be how most Vets started treatment for it.
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Yep, we use Captan on rainrot and scratches here, too. I use it as a last resort. I use iodine shampoo soaks first, since the iodine also kills fungus.

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sulfer8 shampoo clears it up in 1-5 washes my quarter horse mare catches it like mad and she normally clears up in 2 washes just depends on how bad it is rub it on let it set a few minutes and wash it off

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you cant cure rain rot with a topical solution. All you are doing is wasting money and treating a sympton of nutrient deficiency. Sure pretty much any antispetic solution will kill it but it will just keep coming back unless you fix the diet. Usually Vitamin A, which is lacking from dried grass and hay in the winter, wich is usually when it is cold and rainy which leads people to think its the cold rain causeing it. When really it is the lack of green grass.
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Rain rot is easy to kill. Use patroleum jelly. Put it on nice it and thick, take it off the next day with a paper towel. All the scabs will fall off! No scrubbing you horse, no picking on scabs.

I used to scrub them off and it was so painful for the horse!

After that treat the skin with an anti-fungal to keep it from coming back.
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