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    12-08-2010, 06:08 PM
Rain Rot

Hi, I'm new here.

I am interested in buying a mare but was informed she has rain rot.
I had looked it up but from my understanding it seems to be some form of infection. The owner makes it sounds like this occurs often.

Can someone with some experience please explain more on this?

Thank you.
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    12-08-2010, 07:35 PM
My mare gets rain rot. When its been excessively wet outside and she has been wet for lengths of time she gets it.

Its a bacteria that gives them flaky skin, dandruff like area where the hair can come out.

Easy enough to manage if you can keep her out of nasty weather, blanket or use any number of products to get rid of it should it occur.

I have found Vetericyn to be a great product as well as Banixx.
    12-08-2010, 08:06 PM
It creates scabby skin normally on the hind end, especially after damp weather as kim mentioned, but also if the horse hasn't been properly groomed in a while. My TB would get it, and I would just wash it with an antibacterial/anti fungal shampoo, and scrape all the scabs off so that the medicine could get down to the skin, and not just sit on top of the scabs. Now my Arabian wouldn't let me curry the scabs off, so I had to take a different route with her, and I just coated the entire area with MTG, would reapply it as needed for about a week, then wash it all off, and if needed do it again. She cleared up pretty nicely, then in my two week transition after losing my job, she got it again, and as soon as I got a bottle of my own MTG, started applying it, and within a couple of days it was all cleared up. A good grooming goes a long way, as does blanketing, and applying medicine as soon as you notice it. If you like her, and work well with her, I would not pass up on her just because she gets rain rot.
    12-08-2010, 08:33 PM
My trainer noticed my mare had a slight case of rain rot(i was too short to see it, but my trainer is 5'11 so she saw it lol) anyway, I had a spray bottle of betadine and sprayed it with that twice a day for about a week and it went away, it was gone after I think 4 days, but I used it for a week just in case it was still there and I just couldn't see it
    12-08-2010, 09:08 PM
Green Broke
If the horse is on a good diet, getting plenty of zinc, copper, and other vitamins/minerals, is groomed at least 2-3 times a week, and has a decent living environment, he/she should not get more than a very minor case of rain rot due to warm/wet weather and a long winter coat.

If a horse is "prone" to rain rot, or gets it often, the most likely cause is an imbalance or lack of nutrition in the horse's diet.

A couple of mine used to be very prone to rain rot, but since revamping my diet, I hardly ever see it. My horses get no grain products (whole grains or pelleted feeds with grains). They get good grass hay, a very good vit/min supplement, flax meal, apple cider vinegar (changes the PH in the skin), and alfalfa pellets. I only see an occassional tiny spot of rain rot on one of our horses that isn't ridden often, and in my state, rain rot is VERY common. When it rains here, the temps are usually "mild" in the winter.
    12-08-2010, 09:12 PM
Thank you, your replies are very helpful. I have not seen her yet and plan to go this weekend.
    12-09-2010, 04:39 PM
Dont let rain rot deter you from getting the horse if you like her! My TB gets it during rainy season. Just use MTG on those areas and it clears up. Now I use it preventatively and it stays away.

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