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    03-17-2009, 09:43 AM
Rain Rot

Okay so I went and worked with Calvin my friends horse ans he has rain rot! What is it, how did he get, how do you get rid of it and can other horses get it if you brush them with the same brushes. I did wash my brushes and my saddle pad and girth cover. I was mad when she told me that. What can do to help Calvin?
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    03-17-2009, 10:00 AM
I think this is what we call rain scald (lots of scabby things under the coat).

If so, horses will get it when their coats are wet for long periods of time, Ours get it in the wet season when we have heaps of rain and it's humid. It is a bacteria that grows on theirs skin because the ph balance has been interupted by the constant damp. They can't transmit it to one another.

It can be quite sore for them at first, but once their coats have dried out for a few days they get itchy and the scabby bits start to lift off.

I had a horse who had it really bad on his rump. I just gave a good lather with herbal shampoo and left it to soak for a while and gently lifted off what I could. Did that for about 3 days and by then the weather was much better and when I brushed him using a back and forth motion most of it came off. He was quite itchy and happy for me to do it by then.

Each time before I finished I would give it a spray with a week solution of Betadine (antiseptic solution) just to make sure.
    03-17-2009, 01:52 PM
I have to respectfully disagree with makin_tracks about it not being contagious. It actually is contagious from horse to horse and spreads very easily by touch. This is why its so imperative to wash all your blankets, brushes, etc. that have touched the affected area.

Rain rot isn't life-threatening or extremely serious, but it is discomfiting for the horse, especially since you have to peel off the scabs. When my horse had this, I used Mane & Tail Anti-Microbial Shampoo. Since its a fungal infection, you need an anti-microbial or anti-fungal solution. First I wet the area, lathered in the shampoo, let sit for 10 minutes and then rinsed. When the scabs are soft you have to gently pick them off. Its a messy ugly process, but if you take care of it daily, it heals pretty quick.

Good luck!
    03-17-2009, 01:59 PM
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    03-17-2009, 02:04 PM
Oh boy... My horses get rain rot every year during the rainy/humid season...

It is highly contagious and spreads extremely easily and fast through horses. When one of our horses gets it, I don't even have to look and check to know that all of our horses has it.

I treat it with Triodine spray (takes about two or three weeks to clear up) and MTG (which works really well and fast). You can also soak the affected areas with Vaseline overnight and that helps as well.
    03-17-2009, 02:06 PM
My horse, duke had it really bad this year.. there is different reasons on how they get it but in duke's case he got it by not completely drying after he sweated... it can occur from getting alot of rain and not brushing off the excess water... it is EXTREMELY contagious to horses.... im my opinion he is fine to keep in the same pasture... duke was pastured with two other horses... but after time the others will get it because sandman now has it... but others wont.. I used bleach on duke's mane and neck everytime I washed him and it healed it up.. but it will take time.. I will post pics up of duke's when I get home later on... becareful when using bleach becuase unlike duke some horses may have allergic reactions to it.. but duke didnt and he was fine from it! Hope this helps!
    03-17-2009, 11:59 PM
Interesting link, MLS. Seems we are talking about 2 different things.

What my horses get isn't really like that, it doesn't transmit and as soon as the weather dries up the scabby things flake off. It certainly is never ***** whilst it may hurt them if you try to remove it too early, it only lifts the hair, it doesn't compromise the skin in any way.
    03-18-2009, 07:45 AM

Eqyss? Micro tec brand works amazing withi? A week it was pretty much gone
    03-18-2009, 07:51 AM
I haven't had the problem for years - until this year. Poor Bobo has been fighting it all winter, but not the other two; and they are all turned out together. Now that the weather is getting warmer during the day I'll start bathing him with Betadine.
    03-18-2009, 09:05 AM
Okay, I will let my friend know or the next time I go over there and it I warm I will see if I can give him a bath. Oh man this sucks. I hate having to wash my brushes each time I use them when I go over there. UHH thanks guys!!

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