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    01-30-2013, 03:42 PM
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Green Broke
Rain Rot or Patchy Shedding?

Soo..my mare has patches on her shoulders, back, belly, and stifle area..

BO said to treat it as rain rot since she's prone to it and it apparently looks like it, but I don't think it does. The skin has a kind of dandruff look to it, but I wouldn't describe it as flakey.

I'll post a picture of two different ones when they decide they want to upload..lol.
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    01-31-2013, 05:29 PM
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Weanling
It might be the beginning of rain rot or just dry skin, but IMHO you can do some area washing with mild soap and then spray with ACV on the areas for a few days just to make sure it's not rain ro (2x a day should be fine and undiluted). ACV won't hurt and may shine up his coat a little at worst, and if it is rot you will have treated it early without any major pocket expense. Rain rot is stubborn and annoying. An ounce of prevention right now might just save you in the long run.
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    01-31-2013, 05:45 PM
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Trained
Any antimicrobial (e.g., betadiene) wash helps get the organism get gone. As I have posted before, I had my horses in TN for a short while once, and they got rain rot. Ugh. I started treatment (betadiene washes), moved them back west and it immediately disappeared. Dry weather sure helps. :). I have seen many people post that it is indicative of a vit A deficiency. I can find no verifiable proof of this, or study that has passed peer review.
     
    02-01-2013, 02:43 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Here's a picture of it. BO has some sort of fungal spray that I've been using when it isnt frozen solid (has been lately..lol). I only get out there once a day though, hopefully. And they aren't really touched unless we're going for a ride.


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    02-01-2013, 03:19 PM
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Trained
Hmm. All the rainrot I have seen appears to make the hair "spikey", as if it were dippidy-doo-ed....and the hair came out in "plugs' from the "spikes". Perhaps that is only b/c it was in warmer weather. Which means nothing, really. Anywho, I would have a scraping taken to remove all doubt and ensure you are treating for the right "beast".
     
    02-01-2013, 03:27 PM
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Green Broke
Her hair has been coming out in "plugs" all winter, and I believe when she shed out last year it did the same thing.
I've only had a metal "shedding blade" to groom her with because her and another horse aren't allowed to have the set of brushes on them in the winter because they're prone to rain rot.

I know another horse, Sox use to shed like this every year if we didn't have a consistent temp (which we definitely haven't had this year, 60 to 12 in one day lol), never had rain rot though as it always went away by the time his summer coat grew in.
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    02-01-2013, 04:02 PM
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Trained
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Her hair has been coming out in "plugs" all winter, and I believe when she shed out last year it did the same thing.
I've only had a metal "shedding blade" to groom her with because her and another horse aren't allowed to have the set of brushes on them in the winter because they're prone to rain rot.

I know another horse, Sox use to shed like this every year if we didn't have a consistent temp (which we definitely haven't had this year, 60 to 12 in one day lol), never had rain rot though as it always went away by the time his summer coat grew in.
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Rainrot will disappear under dry conditions (from personal experience), which may explain why it subsided during the summer. That (picture) is not shedding, it is some sort of condition. It isn't that expensive to have a scraping taken and analyzed. If it were me, I would treat it as a fungus/microbe, whatnot, in the mean time until I knew what it was. Savs are generally not good b/c they give the little icks a "medium" to live in, not to mention lock in moisture. Antimicrobial washes are usually best, and keeping brushes cleaned and separate.
     
    02-01-2013, 05:41 PM
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Green Broke
So, is a spray a salv?
I'm not willing to sacrific my mare's health, but I'm on a tight budget so I'm trying to find the cheapest/efficient solution.
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    02-01-2013, 05:48 PM
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Yearling
It doesn't look like rainrot to me. When you pet her does she have little scabs all over. Sticky,crusty.
To me she looks like she was bitten and all hair pulled out. Is she with other horses?
I have never seen a horse shed out like that.
     
    02-01-2013, 05:50 PM
  #10
Yearling
My next guess would be ringworm.
     

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