Rain Rot Help!

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Rain Rot Help!

This is a discussion on Rain Rot Help! within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

Like Tree2Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-12-2013, 10:04 PM
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
Posted via Mobile Device
Sponsored Links
    09-12-2013, 10:06 PM
Green Broke
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
    09-12-2013, 10:28 PM
Oh thank you :) hope you can clear up your geldings case soon
Posted via Mobile Device
    09-13-2013, 05:41 PM
Iv heard vitamin A injectable kind given oral not sure of dosage.
    09-13-2013, 07:07 PM
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
    09-13-2013, 07:13 PM
Thank you for the advice!
Posted via Mobile Device
    09-13-2013, 08:05 PM
$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.
thatkrayz likes this.
    09-13-2013, 09:41 PM
Green Broke
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.
spirit88 likes this.
    09-13-2013, 10:26 PM
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
    09-14-2013, 12:06 PM
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.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

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:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


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.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

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 01:29 AM
rain rot BreannaMarie Horse Health 11 12-16-2012 01:17 PM
Home Remedies for Rain rot/rain scalds... Elizabeth Bowers Horse Health 9 04-18-2012 08:23 AM
rain rot dashforcache Horse Health 6 03-08-2012 03:56 PM
....rain rot....? QHDragon Horse Health 10 05-18-2010 12:34 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0