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post #1 of 11 Old 09-12-2013, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Rain Rot Help!

Ok so here's the deal. I may be taking in two horses (YAY) and at first I thought the mare (who's a black Shire/Morgan cross) had dapples, but that didn't seem right, then a closer look at the gelding (a bay Thoroughbred) he had the same thing except the "dapples" had hairloss on the out side edges. I am going to see them tomorrow and will try for some pictures, but my question is:

Is there a home made remedy for rain rot?

I ask this because I make all my cleaning supplies, shampoos, detangler ect. For my home and family. I owned horses for 17 years and I never dealt with a case of rain rot.

Thank you for any help given
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-12-2013, 09:06 PM
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My vet told me to buy Betadine scrub and mix 50/50 with mineral oil. Apply over affected areas. Leave for 3 days. Then wash entire horse with a degreaser soap. (Original blue dawn) haven't tried yet but my gelding has a serious case going on right now as well.
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Oh thank you :) hope you can clear up your geldings case soon
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-13-2013, 04:41 PM
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Iv heard vitamin A injectable kind given oral not sure of dosage.
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For my horse who had some bad rain rot I gave him an iodine bath once a week till ot cleared up. Be careful to not overdo it or it could irritate his skin. When I bathed him I took the hose, got him wet, applied the iodine and took a soft brush and GENTLY rubbed it back and forth on the areas. I then let it sit for ten minutes and then sprayed him off with the hose, making a fan with my thumb and going against the hair. It cleared up after three times and his hair grown back pretty quick.
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Thank you for the advice!
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-13-2013, 07:05 PM
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$9 bottle of tea tree oil. Put it on the scabs, wait 15 minutes, pick off any that come off easily. Seems to kill the bacteria and stop the spread in it's tracks.
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-13-2013, 08:41 PM
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rain rot is usually caused by a lack of vitamin A, topical goos like listerine or betadine scrubs can kill the surface fungus but it will come right back unless you treat the problem that caused it to begin with.
Horses can get A from green grass, lots of carrots, or usually and the best is a multivitamin supplement or ration balancer. Just read the label and look for vitamin A in the ingredients and compare doses. Once horses are on a decent diet it usually clears up.
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I have used a combination of betadine, mineral oil and tee tree oil. Mix it all together, apply to affected areas, and reapply every other day. Pick off scabs once they loosen up.

the horses I've had that had rain rot were rescues. Improvement of their diet and I've never had a problem after the first initial treatment.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-14-2013, 11:06 AM
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Patroleum jelly works the best. I read about it in a horse magazine years ago and have used it ever since. Wipe it on nice and thick, wait 24 hours, and take a paper towel and wipe it off. It takes off all the scabs with it.

So much better than washing and picking off scabs!

Usually one treatment will take care of it. Repeat if needed.

To prevent rain rot, wash with an antifungal or chlorhexidine shampoo. I use chlorhexidine for cuts, cat bites, open wounds and for household cleaning (floors and bathroom). It works really well at preventing infection and the vet school uses it for disinfecting the environment. You mix about a tsp per gallon of water. It's really cheap and one bottle should last a few years.

Not as harsh on the skin as most cleaners and it is relatively non-toxic to pets.

I use it full strength for cat bites or for Staph skin infections.
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