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    08-20-2012, 12:02 AM
Rain Rot :(

I just got a new TB mare. She sweats A LOT, even just with minimal work (we talked to the vet- it's normal and probably just because she is a nervous kind of horse. She gets a mineral block and supplements in her food though).
She has two patches of rain rot on her neck. One on either side where the reins rub her neck. If I ride for a long time it starts to get a white lather from the rubbing and the sweat. I have been using Micro Tec (sp?) for the past week and I haven't seen results so tomorrow I'm going to get MTG.
I was wondering if the rain rot is from the sweat or if it's just a coincidence that it's in that spot on her neck.
Also, what are the fastest ways to get rid of it? My other horse is allergic to MTG, so I've never used it before... does it work just as well as Micro Tec?
Is there anything I can do to prevent her from getting more rain rot?
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    08-20-2012, 08:36 AM
Green Broke
There really isn't any fast way to get rid of rainrot, if it's chronic.

Changing the horse to a bland diet does help, while still making sure it's receiving the appropriate vitamins/minerals. Especially those vitamins for the immune system.

Now that I've said that, my Arab is prone to rainrot, no matter what I do.

I've changed his diet several times; things have improved but there is just something about his system that he is a sweet itch and rainrot magnet

I use MalAcetic shampoo. It's expensive but it doesn't take much. You have to order it on-line, unless you have a vet that carries it or is willing to get it for you.

"DermaPet" MalAcetic Shampoo for Dogs and Cats (ONE GALLON)

It can also be bought in an 8 ounce bottle. I use it on the dogs and four horses, so I bought a gallon in 2010. I still have half of it left as I don't use it all the time or I will just use it, as needed.

I try and brush the Arab every day either with a stiff bristled brush or a hard plastic brush --- be sure to wash in soap & water after EVERY use.

As long as his skin isn't broke open, I keep a 50-50 mix of generic, original Listerine & water in spray bottle and spray the affected areas daily.

He only has issues in mid-to-late-summer when the heat/humidity are high and he's starting to shed for his winter coat. Yes, he's been shedding since mid-July; he's always the first one to start

We live in the Tennessee Valley, where allergies of any sort prevail and that doesn't help. Meaning, your environmental living conditions could be playing a big part in the rainrot.

You will get a lot of input, as what works for one horse doesn't always work for another. The constant for every horse is to brush them daily, if possible, and always wash the grooming tools in soap & water after each use. Don't share those grooming tools either

Hope this helps.
    08-20-2012, 01:22 PM
Thanks! I only use her brushes on her because I know it can be spread, but I haven't been washing them. Today I was currying the spot before I put on the MTG and the skin looked like it broke open. Kind of like this picture, but not as bad and it wasn't oozing or anything.
Is this normal and is it rain rot or something else?? Should I call my vet if it gets worse?
    08-20-2012, 06:37 PM
Green Broke
Ruh-roh - you might want to have the vet look at her

I would also stop using the MTG "five minutes ago".

I know the younger generation sees MTG as the "be-all-end-all-cure-all for everything skin related but, that is not the case much of the time.

The base in MTG is sulphur. It will burn open sores and many horses are allergic to MTG. I've read on more than one forum of horses having such a bad reaction to MTG that the vet had to be called.

I'm not sure what I'm looking at. It could be rainrot with a severe reaction to the MTG. It could be sweet itch with a severe reaction to the MTG.

It could just be any one of those three but, I honestly think you should have the vet look at her.

As far as a topical until the vet can come out?

I would gently wash her with betadine (NOT a betadine shampoo), then buy WalMart's brand of hemerhoid ointment - the ointment not the cream.

Gently rub the ointment on. It will greatly reduce itching/burning and keep the skin soft.

Equate's hemeroid ointment is every bit as good a Preparation H and about 1/3rd the cost
    08-20-2012, 07:09 PM
Ok. My other horse is allergic to MTG so I really havent used it except for today. The picture isn't of my horse because I didn't have a camera at the barn, but it was the closest thing I could find on google haha. With her neck it looks and feels like rain rot (its all bumpy and pieces of skin are peeling), but I've never seen rain rot that looks like the horse was scraped. It kind of looks like a skinned knee on a person, but on her neck. I only noticed it about 3 days ago and if anything, it's getting worse. I will take a picture tomorrow to send to my vet...
    08-21-2012, 03:26 PM
The vet thinks she is allergic to her rubber reins and left us antibiotics to use for the next few weeks... Off to the tack store to buy leather reins now
    08-21-2012, 03:52 PM
I hope it gets better !
    08-21-2012, 08:06 PM
Oh no. If its an allergy change the reins and work your antibiotics. I have found for rain rot that a betadine solution works well. You can get a gallon of betadine at CVS for like 10 bucks. You dilute and it works better. Then you can was the area with the betadine solution, this will lift the rain rot off and it prevents it from coming back. I have a mare with super sensitive skin who had a person scrap the rain rot off her. If you start picking at the area she will try to kick. I used the betadine solution and she was a total doll because the solution softens the scabby areas so they just slide off.
    08-21-2012, 08:38 PM
Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
I would also stop using the MTG "five minutes ago".

I know the younger generation sees MTG as the "be-all-end-all-cure-all for everything skin related but, that is not the case much of the time.

The base in MTG is sulphur. It will burn open sores and many horses are allergic to MTG. I've read on more than one forum of horses having such a bad reaction to MTG that the vet had to be called.
I agree. MTG is very hard on the skin.

I would gently wash her with betadine (NOT a betadine shampoo), then buy WalMart's brand of hemerhoid ointment - the ointment not the cream.
You can also use chlorhexidine. Like betadine, it's an anti-bacterial/fungal used in surgical scrubs. You can buy a pint of concentrate for about $7 and you dilute it 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water, so it lasts a long time. For larger areas it's less messy than betadine. In general, they are both good things to have around the barn for cuts, scrapes, skin cleaning, etc,
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    08-21-2012, 08:46 PM
The vet said keep using Micro Tec, not MTG and give her the antibiotics twice a day for 1-2 weeks.
I soaked my brushes in hot water and betadine. I think this gets them clean right?? And on the Micro Tec bottle it says not to use with betadine products because it casues swelling, so will this be a problem since I soaked my brushes?

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