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post #1 of 11 Old 09-10-2009, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Rain rot problem

Hello everybody,

My horse Willow has rain rot, and I can't get rid of it. I know sevral of the other horses (they are not mine) in the pasture she's in have it to. Her color is white, and I know white horses are prone to rain rot, but she is in great health and I see no reason for her to get this other then the constant rain, but she IS a rescue....and shes been through worse without getting rain rot. plez help me.
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-10-2009, 05:07 PM
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pick it off first.

now there are a few different things i have tried, but recently this is the BEST thing i have ever tried.

take nolvasin, and put some tea tree oil in it. it wont really mix up, but get some in your hand and spread it around and rub it in. ive found my horses cleared up really really fast this way.
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-10-2009, 05:23 PM
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my horse had it really bad for a while. i tried everything and nothing worked...i think the best thing to do is pick it off, wash it, and leave it alone.his went away when i just kept washing it with hydrogen peroxide and didnt do anything else to it..i have never tried AlmagroN's treatment, though. it sounds intresting!
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-10-2009, 06:47 PM
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EQyss Grooming Product ," Micro Tek Shampoo" , it is maximum strength, stops scratches , rainrot , girth itch ( Guaranted) use no other product with this however, nothing other than the" Micro TeK Spray" that you can spray on twice a day after the shampoo.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-10-2009, 07:07 PM
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The easiest treatment that I know of is to simply slather/rub in some desitin baby ointment/or the store brand equivalent. Honestly it's so simple. Rub it in, the next day pick at it a bit to remove the loosies then do it again as needed. I usually only have to reapply every few days depending on where the fungus is located.. Rainrot, Scratches, etc.. it works great and the horse doesn't get upset at you scrubbing it.

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post #6 of 11 Old 09-10-2009, 07:26 PM
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We've had a horrible time with rain rot for the past two years. Over that time we've amassed an arsenal of anti-rainrot treatments. Here's what we've ended up doing:
-Wash it with iodine shampoo every day (go to twice a day if necessary). -Scrub it in really well to loosen the scabs (I prefer this to picking it off, and it seems more comfortable to him). Wash it off, then dry it really well. Use a hairdryer (low setting) if you have to, just get it as dry as possible.
-Then apply MTG liberally.
-Do this until the area seems to be flaky, rather than scabby. Then switch to Infusium, a hair conditioner you can buy in your local drug store.
After that the rain rot generally disappears, with us. Frosty might be a special case, and it's certainly not easy to treat him since it takes forever, but this might work well for your horse. :)
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-11-2009, 09:10 AM
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lol you are gonna think im nuts but i swear it works!..My old bay horse would always get rain rot terrible and no matter what product I tried i couldn't get it to go away the best thing I found to work is to give a good bath in an iodine shampoo and scrub all the scabs off then once dry get you a spray bottle and mix half with baby oil and the other half with listerine the plain original kind and just mist it over the areas and it works like a charm promise lol my barrel racing instructor back in the day told me to do that and I looked at her like she was crazy but once she explained to me that it would by no means hurt him i thought what the heck and tried it and it worked awesome
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-11-2009, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanx everybody.
I really hope this works. She and I are currently training for barrel racing and we have just trained for pleasure (western ) and she is a wuss and doesn't like my picking of the scabs or riding and we need to finish training. I really hope this works.
You guys give great advice and I'll post again which has worked most effectively .
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-11-2009, 11:46 AM
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What causes Rain rot?? I know what it looks like but in our area it doesn't exist. I went horse shopping one time and every horse I looked at had some degree of it??
Why doesn't it exist in the stables I have been in for the past 25 years???
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-11-2009, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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I really am confused about what causes rain rot. I have asked many people about that, and each answer was different.
*Some say it is a fungus that grows on pine trees. They say that when it rains, the fungus drips from the pine tree they are standing under and that it gos into a open wound. Now, this can be as small as a bug bite.
*Some others say that it's a bacteria that comes from the ground, and when they roll around, it gets, again, into a open wound, and infects them.
*Another has said that it's a virus, and can attack any horse.
*More have said the same thing as above, but that it attacks horses with lowered immune systems, then affects all other horses when they are in tip-top shape (Like white horses, lucky me).
So, I do not know what the TRUE answer is, RiosDad.
Who knows? maybe its all of the above or all of them combined.
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