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    04-29-2012, 10:50 PM
Rain Rot?

So my horse (Arab) started to lose hair at the base of both ears near the poll. The spots were symmetrical. I asked mom and she just figured he was shedding. I didn't agree. So I kept an eye on it... got worse but not severe. There was then a new set of spots on both sides of the shoulder/neck, again symmetrical. So I knew something was wrong. His rich color was washed out and grungy, his face looked almost dirty and wasn't the least bit dusty. So my trainer looked at it and thought it could be a bacteria, rain rot. I tried a vetricyl spray and it is now cleared up 2 weeks later. His face lost some hair as well.
I figure that it was from not drying properly after the first bath at the nicest week after winter was clearly long gone. I treated the bath as usually and he dried an a good breeze and warm sun.

Well the question behind all of this... can rain rot 1) be transferred from horse to horse? (we only have 3) and 2) Will this come back even if he dries properly?

How else can I take care of rain rot?
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    04-29-2012, 11:15 PM
Originally Posted by My Aamir    
Well the question behind all of this... can rain rot 1) be transferred from horse to horse? (we only have 3) and 2) Will this come back even if he dries properly?

How else can I take care of rain rot?
I have been told that Rainrot can be transferred from horse to horse via sharing blankets or brushes. I'd have to say that rain rot is linked to skin/nutrition of horse.

But are you sure it was rain rot?
    04-29-2012, 11:27 PM
Agree, rain rot is contagious and can be spread from one horse to another. I love Vetericyn spray/gel for treating it. You'll know it's working if the oozy places dry up and if the grunge doesn't spread.

However, a lot of us are dealing with really wonky shedding this year. The hair looks dull and listless; it comes out in patches with near-baldness underneath, and it's symmetrical. In front of flanks and around shoulders are exactly where it's happening. Mine shed quite a bit around their ears, too, although I think it wasn't as bald as their bodies. I also thought it was rain rot at first but clues that it was not rain rot were - 1) symmetrical spots were shedding, which doesn't usually fit with rain rot, 2) skin was nearly bald but not scabby or oozy, which doesn't fit with rain rot; 3) it was not ouchy, which doesn't fit with rain rot; 4) it wasn't clumpy with hairs stuck together with goo/scab at the base. If you've got the same thing, it may just be atypical shedding due to a mild winter.
    04-30-2012, 02:41 AM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I'd have to say that rain rot is linked to skin/nutrition of horse.
Really?? It's linked to the skin?? Fancy!

I agree that nutrition/diet seems to be a big factor in whether horses are susceptible to it. Horses with healthy, well balanced diets don't tend to suffer these type infections even when the environment is unhelpful.

Yes, it can be transferred, as others have said. It can be either bacterial or fungal in origin.
    04-30-2012, 04:35 AM
Originally Posted by loosie    
Really?? It's linked to the skin?? Fancy!
Behave :P I am a tired studying gal! Least I didn't say faeries came and sprinkled pixie dust on her horse.
    04-30-2012, 05:58 AM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Behave :P I am a tired studying gal! Least I didn't say faeries came and sprinkled pixie dust on her horse.
What?? There are mobs of them around here, that's why I thought I got sneezy in spring!
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    04-30-2012, 06:10 AM
Goofy Loosie.. lol

But OP what worked well for my horse when he got it:

1. Wet him down with hose and apply dandruff shampoo on area. Rub in and let sit for 10-15 mins. Wash off WELL
2. Pick off rain rot (reallllllly tedious)
3. Put him on oral Vitamin A supplement for awhile (around 2 weeks for us)
4. When horse dries, brush well with curry
5. Clean brushes after use with soap and water, let dry
6. If horse wears sheet, wipe that clean and avoid putting it on if not necessary.

Not saying this method is for everyone but it worked for us. I'm sure there are better methods out there if it was indeed rain rot and not something else. I will definitely try Vetericyn next time to see if that clears it up if my horse gets it again.

It is nutrition related though, which is why the Vitamin A helped. He was also on a probiotic at the time too so that may have helped also.
    04-30-2012, 07:59 AM
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Rain Rot IS NOT contagious. You cannot give it to a healthy horse with a good immune system and adequate Vitamin A in their system. You cannot stop horse with depleted stores of Vitamin A from getting it. Since they store Vitamin A in their livers, they run out in the winter or spring and that is why you only see rain rot in the winter and spring except in neglected horses and rescues. Horses normally get Vitamin A from green grass. That is why it always clears up on its own in the summer.

Ringworm IS contagious. If you have a trainer, he/she should know what ringworm looks like.

You can supplement Vitamin A in a horse's diet and it will clear up rain rot faster than all of the topicals and baths in the world can.

I was taught this by a Nutritionist about 40 years ago and have not treated a single case of it ever since. I used to stand several stallions and about half of the mares that came in every spring had rain rot. I never treated it with anything but Vitamin A and an improved diet and they all cleared up.

You can get Vitamin A into a horse very quickly by buying a 100cc bottle of injectable Vitamin A at a ranch supply store that caters to cattlemen. You give 5cc orally once a week for 2 or 3 weeks and you increase the Vitamin A in a horse's diet and it will disappear (as will the dandruff and runny, goopy or crusty eyes. [DO NOT inject the Vitamin A. It is labeled for cattle and can get a swelling if it is injected in a horse. It works just as well when you squirt in it a horse's mouth.]

Then, if you add a supplement like Mare Plus (which has high levels of Vitamin A and not the vitamins that make a horse 'high'), your horse will grow in a beautiful shinny coat and any scruff or scabs will disappear.
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    04-30-2012, 12:39 PM
This might be helpful.


bacteria on skin, hair loss, rain rot

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