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    06-19-2012, 11:25 AM
Rain Rot

My horse has some rain rot on his back legs, what do you use to treat it? I heard you put Listerine on it, is that right??
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    06-19-2012, 11:43 AM
I'm going to get a earfull from people on here for saying this but oh well. When my haflinger got a patch on his foot and some going up his leg we washed him with a iodine base shampoo and we really soaked his leg/feet to soften the scabs and then we pulled the scabs off, if this bothered him he didn't show it. The one on the top of his foot was about the size of a quarter we really took our time with that one making sure that it was very soft and sort of scrubbed it off, the others were tiny. Sunlight and oxygen kill rain rot. One week after we did this you could not tell it was ever there.

I'm more proactive about rain rot now and once it is warm enough to bath I give him a iodine based shampoo in the beginning of the season. I also like to take a sponge put some vinegar and water in it and sponge him off throughout the summer months and just wash his tail and mane with shampoos. Vinegar helps to restore the ph in their coats.

Good luck.
    06-19-2012, 12:05 PM
Green Broke
Pictures? What Chandra described sounds like scratches to me. What does it look like? If it's on the lower part of the legs and they are white it might be scratches. Which Iodine shampoo takes care of.
    06-19-2012, 02:46 PM
Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Pictures? What Chandra described sounds like scratches to me. What does it look like? If it's on the lower part of the legs and they are white it might be scratches. Which Iodine shampoo takes care of.
The vet said it was dew poision, and to treat it the same way you treat rain rot.
    06-19-2012, 02:53 PM
Green Broke
Yeap dew poisoning is the same as scratches different names for it. Scratches is different than rain rot. Iodine shampoo is very good for scratches, there are also some sprays and different stuff to apply to it. But you want to keep it as dry as possible. It is also referred to as mud fever. Listerine would burn like crazy if put on scratches but I have heard it is effective on rain rot. So it would help if there were pictures to help determine if it is rain rot or something else.

I wash my horses legs with medicated shampoo once a week to prevent this as her legs have pink skin.
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    06-19-2012, 03:07 PM
The vet said to treat it the same way, had a gelding with rain rot and I did the same thing as with my haflinger was gone and never seen again.
    06-19-2012, 03:12 PM
Green Broke
Oh I'm not disagreeing with you. In the op it asked if listerine would work. And if it's scratches I think listerine would burn like crazy as it is basically an open wound. But iodine shampoo seems to work on just about any of this stuff.
    06-19-2012, 03:27 PM
Lol sorry, I would think listerine would burn as well, but I do notice a lot of people say to use it. I personally just stick to the iodine based shampoos, I even made my own and it seems to work just as well. I'm just thankful that this year I took a proactive approach and didn't have to deal with any rainrot or dew poisioning.
    06-19-2012, 03:40 PM
I use MTG. Works amazing.
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    06-19-2012, 06:25 PM
I do not know how to post pictures. When I take the curry to his legs the hair comes out and at the end of hair there are like dirt attached to it. So Iodine base shampoo? Okay, Great. I thought scratches and rain rot were the same thing??

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