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    12-11-2010, 01:56 PM
Rain rot treatment?

It's been a while since I had to treat rain rot so bear with me. Cookie has significant affected areas on her flanks and hip bone area. Obviously the weather is not awesome and there is shelter I don't have a barn. I have a turnout that will fit her and I'm going to start sacking her out with it. In the meantime, what can I treat the rain rot with?
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    12-11-2010, 02:08 PM
You could try betadine mixed with baby oil. My daughter's Arab gets rain rot pretty badly in the spring and that really helps. Apparently, the betadine kills it and the baby oil smothers it? Not sure how that works, but it does. Make sure to shake up and mix well. Squirt on and rub in.
    12-11-2010, 02:45 PM
Thanks! I'll try that!
    12-11-2010, 08:22 PM
rain rot

My sister gave me a remedy, she lives in Florida and with the rain they get her horses are always getting rain rot, she uses equal amounts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and just spray on the affected area and it will be gone within a few days, it really works.
    12-11-2010, 10:25 PM
Thank you :)
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    12-11-2010, 10:37 PM
With rain rot, does one need to pick of the scabs?
    12-12-2010, 02:08 AM
I use MTG, and it works wonders, and doesn't wash off in the rain. I normally will take a shedding blade, and just very gently lift off what scabs I can, as you need to get whatever medicine you use down to the skin, so removing the scabs that come off easily if she'll let you remove them will help. I cover the entire area of scabbing with MTG on my mare, and leave it on, and within a week it was gone. She was one that wouldn't let me really mess with her rear end, so it worked great even with the scabs still in place. My Thoroughbred would get rain rot, and I'd just take a shedding blade, remove the scabs, and wash her with betadine or another antifungal/anti bacterial shampoo, and I don't remember what I put on it.
    12-12-2010, 10:03 AM
She's been an absolute doll so far. I gave her a thorough brushing yesterday an then put a blanket on her for the first time in her life. Of course, she jigged around a bit at first but once she realized it wasn't going to eat her she was more interested in her dinner.

I've heard awesome things about MTG. I'm going to get some today and put it on her.
    12-12-2010, 10:06 AM
I've used Listerine Mouthwash for years on rainrot....it seems to do the job. Just put a dabble on a cloth and rub in on every couple days. Its an inexpensive alternative I guess.
    12-12-2010, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
With rain rot, does one need to pick of the scabs?
It's best if you can. The air helps kill the bacteria.

We had a horse come in with BAD rain rot. Scabs the size of quarters and ***** underneath, all over his back, hips, rump, sides, etc. He was pretty much covered head to foot. The best treatment I found for him was a 50/50 mix of yellow listerine (off brand) and water. I put it in a spray bottle and sprayed it right on the scabs. I would wait a bit for them to soften, then pick them off and spray again.

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