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    02-09-2012, 01:19 PM
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Weanling
Is this rain rot?

He's had this spot on his left hind for a while now (probably a couple months). But It comes and goes, so I thought nothing of it.

My trainer told me it was probably just ruffled up hair, because it smooths out when he sweats.

However, the other day it looked pretty nasty. (It was wet, with black goop)
No hair is falling out. The skin underneath isn't scabbing or red. But it does look a little bare.

He wears a blanket most of the time. It shows up when he wears it, and when he doesn't.

I really don't know what it is, or what to do.
I can't bathe him because it is below freezing here.

I've never dealt with this before,
Any help is appriciated
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    02-09-2012, 01:21 PM
  #2
Weanling
Also, before I adopted him he had a history of rain rot.
     
    02-09-2012, 03:18 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I think it's ruffled hair too. What does he sleep on?
     
    02-09-2012, 04:19 PM
  #4
Weanling
I've never really been there to watch him sleep but he lives outside 24/7 with a shelter.
     
    02-09-2012, 06:49 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I would then guess that he layed in something wet or damp & his hair got 'permed' like that when it dried. I've had that happen to horses & it tended to stay like that until I brushed it smooth with a damp brush.
That's not a usual spot for rain rot, especially if it is the only area effected.
     
    02-09-2012, 08:57 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by natisha    
I would then guess that he layed in something wet or damp & his hair got 'permed' like that when it dried. I've had that happen to horses & it tended to stay like that until I brushed it smooth with a damp brush.
That's not a usual spot for rain rot, especially if it is the only area effected.
That's a relief to hear. He must sleep on the same spot a lot.
Thank you!
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    02-09-2012, 09:05 PM
  #7
Yearling
Run your fingers in it. You will know if it is just ruffled hair or if there are scabs or small tuffs of hair you can pull out.
     
    02-09-2012, 10:33 PM
  #8
Trained
Sure looks like rain rot. It will heal on its own without intervention but might spread in the process. If you can't bathe him due to temps, get some tea tree oil, put it on the scabs, wait about 15 minutes and then pick off the ones that come off easily each day until it's gone.
     
    02-09-2012, 10:47 PM
  #9
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Sure looks like rain rot. It will heal on its own without intervention but might spread in the process. If you can't bathe him due to temps, get some tea tree oil, put it on the scabs, wait about 15 minutes and then pick off the ones that come off easily each day until it's gone.
It's not scabbed over, or have falling out hair.
I might try the tea tree oil though!
     
    02-09-2012, 10:48 PM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by goneriding    
Run your fingers in it. You will know if it is just ruffled hair or if there are scabs or small tuffs of hair you can pull out.
It seemed for a while it was just ruffled hair. But it is sensitive to the touch for him. No scabs or missing hair though.
     

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