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  • When boarding a pasture horse should they have a shelter
  • How to avoid rain rot with a pasture board horse

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    01-17-2012, 02:04 PM
Pasture board and rain rot.

My horses are both on strict pasture board-- there's no shelter besides trees and no running water (they drink from a creek). My mare has rain rot (again), and while I'm pretty sure my BM will trailer my horse to the barn (5 miles away) so I can give her a bath, but what can I do next? There's no where to put her out of the rain, and keeping her at the barn isn't an option for me financially-- the BM is already cutting me a huge deal at the pasture board because I go out there and take care of my horses by myself. I put MTG on her today in the really bad areas, but I'm pretty sure she's got some all over. Any suggestions? We have really dry summers here, but the winters can be wet and cool.
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    01-17-2012, 02:31 PM
Waterproof blanket
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    01-17-2012, 02:37 PM
Originally Posted by GhostwindAppaloosa    
waterproof blanket
Yep get you a waterproof turnout blanket to put on her when it rains. I've been battling rain rot with my mare too. The MTG cleared it right up though, just keep using that. I put mine in a spray bottle and used a brush to spread it out over the larger areas.
    01-17-2012, 02:43 PM
Green Broke
That and analyze your feed plan. Add copper and it helps tremendously.
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    01-17-2012, 02:53 PM
I agree, definetly a waterproof blanket..will help wonders...along with the MTG..good luck!
    01-17-2012, 02:57 PM
I'm not sure about this but wouldn't the cost of medication/blankets amount to the additional cost it would be to winter her in the barn?

Also from my hours/days/months of research into horse care/ownership in England it's almost a legal requirement (heavily frowned upon if you don't) to have some form of shelter in the field. Is that not the case in Atlanta?

There again.. this is England and the weather is always bad!
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    01-17-2012, 03:46 PM
I've got a turnout blanket for when it's exceptionally cold, but it's right under the edge of the blanket by her neck where it's the worst. Usually she gets it on her rump, but this time it's all along her shoulder.

As far as diet, I've just added beet pulp to help keep weight up during the winter (yes, I soak it thoroughly), and I'll look into the copper.

Originally Posted by Turndial    
Also from my hours/days/months of research into horse care/ownership in England it's almost a legal requirement (heavily frowned upon if you don't) to have some form of shelter in the field. Is that not the case in Atlanta?

There again.. this is England and the weather is always bad!
I don't think it's a legal requirement. I know it is for dogs and what not, that if you keep them outside they need shelter from the elements, but I don't think it is for horses. My hubby is a lawyer so I suppose I could have him look it up, but I think there are a lot of people around here who don't have a barn or a lean- to. There are a fair amount of trees on the property, and I figure if the BM is comfortable enough to leave her personal horses over there, than I should be too. It's not like I've ever had a barn or shelter any way :)

And as to the cost of barn board and what not, it's also just a matter of convenience. I'm going to be having a baby in March, so having both of my horses at the same spot is going to be easier than having to stop by at both places. I like taking care of my horses, but it's not going to get any easier once there's a new baby.

My dad thinks I'm ridiculous for worrying about the horses so much, because when I was growing up our horses never had a barn or even turn out blankets. They were out in the elements all the time no matter what, and they turned out fine. But I've never encountered a horse that get's rain rot as often in the winter as Ginger does. It's very irritating.
    01-19-2012, 09:33 AM
I would try to put baby oil on the spots where your horse gets it the worst. This nourishes the skin and helps the rain roll off easier. Try to get out there right befor it rains and apply it to the areas and make sure to get it down to the skin. Also listerine (the orange colored one with a little water mixed in a spray bottle) will help clear up what she already has!
    01-20-2012, 08:28 AM
You know, now that I think about it, last year I was feeding her beet pulp, sweet feed, and a cup of black oil sunflower seeds once to twice a day, and no rain rot. I'm going to start giving her the BOSS again and see if that helps with her skin.
    01-22-2012, 05:51 AM
Supplement Vit A.

Most rainrot is dietary related. Supplementing Vit A is all I do. I don't brush, pick, curry or scrub or anything. It goes away all by itself. If the horse has skin issues, he goes on Vit A supplementation.

The reason it seems to go away when the horses shed out is that the green grass comes in. Green grass is high in Vit A. The reason we see alot of rainrot and lice this time of the year is because it has gone from the hay that was cut back in the summer and fall and the horses store of it in his body has been depleted. Hay looses its Vit A in about 3 to 4 months of cutting.This theory has been proven to me over and over again now. When I first heard it, I doubted, but having seen the proof for myself and that I never have rainrot anymore, Im a believer.

Also, even if you feed a fortified feed, it may not contain enough Vit A for that horse at that time.

If you google, you can find all kinds of info and people with positive results supplementing for vit a deficiancy and its link to rainrot, as well as goopy eyes and lice. 2 to 3 doses of the OTC cattle injectable given orally over feed seem to do the trick for most horses. No bathing or scab picking needed.

This is the stuff...Its cheap and goes a long way. You just squirt it over the horses feed. I give about 5 ccs to an average size horse at least once a month this time of the year (Usually November to March for my area) if they are not eating a fortified feed for prevention. For treatment of active infections, its 5 cc once a week for up to a month or so.

Also, farnamns Mare Plus is high in Vit A but the other stuff works just as good and is way less expensive per horse.

Forum links with Vit A info and results posted

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