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post #1 of 20 Old 01-17-2011, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Rain Rot

Please Help - can anyone give me some tips for clearing up rain rot?
It's not bad but I don't want him to become worse. He is currently in a stall & is not blanketed as he is a new purchase & came with a thick coat of hair like a woolly mammoth. If I clip him now I will have to keep a blanket on him as he would be too cold in our coastal wet climate. Does anyone know of a solution to rid him of his rot? A store bought brand name or a home-made herbal solution recipe that is tried and true would be greatly appreciated? Thanks. Karen of Alsea'

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post #2 of 20 Old 01-17-2011, 04:31 PM
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My younger gelding gets the most horrible rain rot every spring. No matter what I do to prevent it. The only thing that works to clear it is MTG! Put it on every other day. When you have a warm day... it should wash right off.

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post #3 of 20 Old 01-17-2011, 04:40 PM
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I have heard of so many remedies. I have used MTG and it worked great.

Also putting Listerine in a spray bottle and spraying the rain rot.
Watered down bleach sprayed on.
Apple cider vinegar sprayed on.
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post #4 of 20 Old 01-17-2011, 04:42 PM
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I wash with betadine, dry and apply MTG.

Also, if you find your horses getting rain rot every year, then you need to look at nutrition. Its very possible that your horse is lacking in nutrition and therfore lacking on an immune system. Some horses can deal with less than good nutrition, some cannot. Same with "bad" feet.

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post #5 of 20 Old 01-17-2011, 04:42 PM
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Pick the scabby things off and it will clear quicker.
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post #6 of 20 Old 01-17-2011, 04:54 PM
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I wash with betadine, dry and apply MTG.

Also, if you find your horses getting rain rot every year, then you need to look at nutrition. Its very possible that your horse is lacking in nutrition and therfore lacking on an immune system. Some horses can deal with less than good nutrition, some cannot. Same with "bad" feet.
Its not his nutrition nor his immune system. He is 90% pink skin and is very sensitive. And in Floride we get a lot of rain with a lot of dirt and pollen.

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post #7 of 20 Old 01-17-2011, 05:24 PM
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Its not his nutrition nor his immune system. He is 90% pink skin and is very sensitive. And in Floride we get a lot of rain with a lot of dirt and pollen.
Im not waying whether or not it is, I'm just stating a fact =)

In my experience, most vets have no clue about equine nutrition and what they recommend to feed may or may not be the healthiest option. Remember, vets get paid to push certain products too.

Most people are feeding something that they think is a quality feed, but in turn is actually not. There are better opitions out there, you just need some knowledge in equine nutrition =)

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post #8 of 20 Old 01-17-2011, 07:37 PM
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rain rot is fairly easy to treat with any sort of antiseptic like iodine. Give him a good brush first and try brush out as much scabs as possible. Would be better if you could clip him as its a bacterial problem and a thick coat makes it nice and warm for bacteria.
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post #9 of 20 Old 01-17-2011, 07:49 PM
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Whatever you do, don't do what my mom did.

When we bought my Ginger (and her mom) the two of them got the worst case of rain rot we had ever seen-- my mom had had horses all her life and had never seen anything like it. We were told to use hot water (not boiling) to soften the scabs and then pick them off. Mom went at them with a curry comb. I could see the pain in our horses' faces and they winced every time. Ginger's mom, Dixie, handled it well, but for months and months after that Ginger wouldn't let me brush her back end, where the rain rot had been the worst. Even now, over two years later, I still get a little nervous brushing her because I know she remembers how much that hurt.

She hasn't had any since, but man was is a pain in the butt. Good luck! And I'd recommend any sort of topical treatment these brilliant people tell you-- I wish I'd had this forum to come to earlier!!
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post #10 of 20 Old 01-17-2011, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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I purchased some MTG today on line and I will let you know how it worked on the little colt.I also ordered a blanket med warmth & I am wondering if I should shave his little hairy body first before applying the MTG. I am hopeful. Thanking everyone for your quick response to my plea for help with rain rot issues. Again thanks, Karen of Alsea'
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