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post #1 of 3 Old 01-05-2009, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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Rain Scaled

I am a first time horse owner and just purchased my mare from a horse rescue, she and the other horses were just grazing in a pasture for months, although she was fed( only hay) and had a waterproof blanket on her, she was never groomed. I recently found out she had "Rain Scaled" and was told that a product called MTG would be good for getting rid of that?
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-05-2009, 10:35 AM
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Rain scald is another name for rain rot which is a bacterial skin infection. This infection is opportunistic, meaning that there have to be things which break down the skin's defenses for it to take hold. Generally, damp conditions and scrapes though in a horse with poor nutrition or overall poor health the skin simply may not be as healthy and protective as it should be. So, a key part of treatment is removing the horse from the damp conditions and providing good nutrition.

MTG can be used, however it is a sulphur based product and can be very hard on the skin. Sulpher shampoos/treatments used to be used for lots of skin conditions but now we have better options that are effective without being harsh. And one of those is something that most horse owners have on hand---betadine. You need to remove the scabs and get rid of them. Then treat the affected areas with betadine (solution can be left on, scrub needs to be rinsed off) daily. In severe or chronic cases, systemic antibiotics may be necessary as well.

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-05-2009, 03:36 PM
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Keeping the area dry after treating is very important. You may also want to apply a triple antibiotic like polysporin after you scrub and dry the area. Medicated Gold Bond Powder works well too.

A good waterproof but breathable blanket will be a must. If you don't have one and she is outside you can apply Zinc cream to the area to act like a grease slick, it will keep more moisture from getting at the sores.
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