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    05-12-2010, 12:22 PM
Green Broke
....rain rot....?

When I first started leasing my horse back in march I noticed a dime sized bald patch on his spine. It was kind of dry and flakey, but didn't seem to pain him and I just kind of put it out of my head as a scar or something (he likes to roll a lot so it was plausible in my mind).

However, I took this picture a couple of days ago and the "scar" has grown from dime sized, to this:

Could this be rain rot? It goes further down his spine (towards the withers). I will try to get a better picture of it today, and I plan to ask my trainer about it tomorrow. I wash my pads regularly, and only use it on him (to my knowledge, I do ride at a very friendly boarding barn where tack gets swapped often...and not always with permission).

And before anybody asks me how I could not notice...well he's kinda tall...and I can't really see over his back. I just brush his back off and go usually.
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    05-12-2010, 12:43 PM
Green Broke
I'm no exspert but that looks like rain rot to me.
    05-12-2010, 10:03 PM
Green Broke
Here's another picture:

    05-12-2010, 10:22 PM
Green Broke
Has he scrached it on some thing? I'm not sure if that's rain rot or not. Is it coming out with what I call seeds at the end of his hair?
    05-12-2010, 11:13 PM
Green Broke
No seeds, it just keeps growing. Could it be caused by a saddle fit issue somehow rubbing him...even though its on his spine?
    05-12-2010, 11:21 PM
It's not really in a rain rot area, and the straight line isn't really a rain rot thing. Maybe your horse rolled on a rock or something and it's a little infected? Regardless, keep is clean and maybe apply an antibacterial or iodine shampoo to it. Does it have any scabs to it?
    05-17-2010, 11:07 PM
MTG Mane & tail is the best thing I've found for most skin conditions and especially for rain rot. It's kind of messy, oily and stinks because it has sulfur in it. Since you describe little seeds coming out I'm assuming its the scab that has fallen off with a small tuft of hair attached.
    05-17-2010, 11:26 PM
Oh duh, I forgot. To treat whatever that is, just apply tea tree oil to it once a day. Let is soak in for 15 minutes or so and then gently pick off any scabs or gunk that want to come off. You can find tea tree oil for about $9 at any drug store in the supplements section. That stuff is fantastic.
    05-18-2010, 12:06 AM
Rain rot usually starts out with little clumps of hair coming off that are attached to each other by a small scab. There are usually a bunch of them in the affected area. That looks like something else. I would consider calling the vet's office and asking them for advice. That is in a bad spot if you do a lot of riding.
    05-18-2010, 12:23 AM
Green Broke
It doesn't look like rain rot to me... I'd have the vet scrape it and analyze it.

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