Rain Rot - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
 10Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 16 Old 08-23-2014, 06:21 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Mountains of NH
Posts: 2,914
• Horses: 3
The bacteria that causes rain rot is present just about everywhere. It's opportunistic, when the conditions are right it strikes. Most often towards the end of winter. The vitamin A doses help to boost the immune system so the horse never gets infected or is able to fight it off.

The moment you cut grass and start drying it vitamin A is leeching out into parts unknown. It breaks down fairly rapidly. Towards the end of winter you have hay that has been stored for a while. In the summer you have fresh cuttings. The long coat of late winter helps hold in heat and moisture and dirt. Perfect for the bacteria to grow.

Vitamin A for Rain Rot?

rain rot/scald possibly
loosie likes this.
SueNH is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 16 Old 08-23-2014, 07:18 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 12,518
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoldSeekerDabue View Post
So if it's nutritional, why does he only get it in the winter?
Same reason people tend to get more colds in winter. Wet weather is also something that makes horses more susceptible. 'Rain rot' is generally a fungal thing, which likes warm, damp environments best. In addition, perhaps you also rug them in winter, which creates a lovely environment for the bugs, especially if they're(horse or rug) at all damp when they go on. If you don't disinfect rugs, the spores may also remain on the rugs, to reinfect next year.
loosie is offline  
post #13 of 16 Old 08-23-2014, 10:31 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,793
• Horses: 0
Vit A is a fat soluble vitamin. Excess is stored in the liver. Pasture and fresh hay have an abundant supply of Vit A. As the grass in the pasture dies and hay ages in the barn, the level of Vit A declines. At first, your horse will pull reserves from the liver but overtime that supply is depleted. By about Christmas, you probably start to see the beginnings of RR and runny eyes that are some of the signs of vitamin A deficiencies. If that's the origin of his problems, it's a very simple thing to deal with. Just get on it by Thanksgiving and once a month hit him with the A until the first green grass starts poking through.
loosie and SueNH like this.
Left Hand Percherons is offline  
post #14 of 16 Old 08-25-2014, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 19
• Horses: 3
Thanks for the help!
Posted via Mobile Device
GoldSeekerDabue is offline  
post #15 of 16 Old 08-25-2014, 04:50 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Posts: 20,107
• Horses: 3
In the UK we call it mud fever and rain scald its very common there because the climate is perfect for it
This is one good advice link from a UK site
Mud fever: Recognise, treat and prevent it | Features | Farmers Guardian
And this is a US one
http://www.equusite.com/articles/hea...hRainRot.shtml
Neither mention feeding but common sense tells us that the healthier the horse is the better it can fight off infection and Vitamin A is essential for the immune system and cell growth
jaydee is offline  
post #16 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 06:55 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 3
• Horses: 0
I use athletes foot spray and powder on rain rot.
loosie likes this.
texasdeserthorse is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fantastic Recipe for Rain Scald/ Rain Rot treatment! Conrad And Freddie Horse Health 13 11-17-2013 12:29 AM
Rain Rot RunningWind Horse Health 10 06-19-2012 07:20 PM
Home Remedies for Rain rot/rain scalds... Elizabeth Bowers Horse Health 9 04-18-2012 07:23 AM
rain rot dashforcache Horse Health 6 03-08-2012 02:56 PM
Rain Rot appy rider 4 life Horse Health 11 03-18-2009 03:35 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome