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post #1 of 23 Old 08-09-2012, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Rainrot- 2 Me- 0

ARGH! Rainrot is frustrating the mess out of me! I have read all I can about it online and searching through the forums but I have yet to get rid of Drifter's! It's almost like it's starting to spread

He has it on his face, and on his back legs and on his rump. I tried the special Mane N' Tail shampoo, I put on MTG. I got rid of the scaps and washed the areas in iodine. Did the same thing with betadine. I recently was pointed in the direction of a mixture, half non scented baby shampoo and half nolvasan mixture diluted with water. I lathered him up really good in that, let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinsed. I've done that about once a week for the last 3 weeks. I am keeping all tack/brushes/blankets etc sterilized with bleach water after every use.

I have recently been told to use apple cider vinegar, so I guess that is my next step. Also, it is raining down here CONSTANTLY. And if its not raining its 100* with 90 % humidity so he is constantly sweating/moist. And I know int he battle against rain rot the horse is supposed to stay dry. Should I stall him? I know sun light is supposed to be good for him...but if he is not staying dry anyways outside? I'm just confused.

Any tips/advice would be REALLY appreciated. I am ready for Drifter to have hair back. I recently tracked down his breeder using his brand and she was SO HAPPY that I had found him. He had been her dad's horse, before he died :/. I am taking Drifter to a show in order to get used to the atmosphere this saturday and she said she would be there and I told her she was more than welcome to visit him. So I really need to get the hair growing again on him ya'll! haha

Also, what can I do about under his mane? It is long and THICK and I am afraid he will be developing rain rot there. Should I band it?
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-09-2012, 01:40 PM
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You could band his mane. Rain rot sucks. My horse (also Drifter lol) had it the week before he was suppose to go under saddle. I spent two days picking all the scabs off so the air could get to it. I also used the Micro-Tech spray, which helped get rid of it.

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Following is my reply to someone posting about their "fungus" woes on another forum.

I hope this helps

It's called Scratches when it's on the legs, rainrot when it's on the body, "dry skin" "possible pin worms", "sun burn" when it's on the tail, and who-knows-what when it's in the crest of the neck.

It's all frustraing and tough to deal with.

Along with a gazillion combinations of topicals (they don't all work on every horse), diet is important as the immune system is having problems fighting off certain skin issues.

Yes, the weather sure can be the trigger but it's not the underlying cause -- even if the horse has never had issues before. Just like humans, as they get older, their immune systems weaken

I also learned that retiring to the Tennessee Valley, a/k/a The Basin, a/k/a
allergy purgatory, did not do one bit of good for one of my four horses.

He never had environmental issues until we moved here. TriHist did little to help him and made a nut case out of him. He takes allergy herbs seasonally for the last six or so years and they keep him pretty much under control, until July/August, then he's an itchy mess.

I shampoo him thoroughly twice a month (on the itchy summer/fall months) with MalAcetic.

Before you panic over the cost, I bought a gallon in 2009 and still have more than half of it left. I bath the dogs with it all the time and wash all the horses faces with it once or twice a month.

I have recently started to "final rinse" this horse in ACV (apple cider vinegar) and water. I put about a cup of Heinz vinegar in a couple gallons of water. I don't measure exact but that's close. I wipe it on with a wash cloth and leave it on, just squee-gee the excess water off, as usual.

Unless your horse has open sores, the vinegar is soothing, and helps keep the dander down for at least a couple days, just like liquid fabric softener does with dogs.

I also spray Vetericyn down in the crest of his neck and in the tail dock every couple days. I soak a piece of paper towel with it and wipe his face, forelock and inside his nose (to get the itchy boogers out). He LOVES that.

I also add extra Vitamin E to his feed to help his immune system.

There isn't any one magic fix, except to wait for the weather to change. Just be prepared to have a lot of bonding time in ways you hadn't imagined -lollol

The "itchies" aren't going away 100% but if you want to control them, until the weather changes, this is what I do. I am just thrilled to pieces about it (NOT) because I have three other horse, two of whom are metabolic and this ugly heat/humidity are really playing havoc with them

Hopefully some of this will help you and hopefully others can contribute what works for them, so you have different things to try
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We had a terrible case of rain rot at the barn this spring. We bathed each horse in a sulfur iodine solution by soaking them to the skin in the solution and not rinsing it off. A single application cured every horse.

I found out during this period that it is contagious and is transferred from saddle pads, blankets, turnouts, and grooming tools and human hands.

So, you may want to consider cleaning your grooming tools and then no longer "sharing" among horses if you do. Also, saddle pads and blankets are really bad to share for this reason. Make sure others wash their hands before touching your horse after contact with another horse.

I will try to find out if the solution was home made or store bought. It smelled like nasty rotten eggs. Disgusting. But it was gone within a week.

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I know of a person who recently used bleach on her horse and actually damaged the horse's skin. They had to keep the horse in the shade at all times to avoid sunburn.

I would use that proven home remedy gently and sparingly.
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A long time ago we had a terrible case of rain rot season and several horses had it really bad. I actually spoke to Dr. Jeffers (Jeffers Vet Supply) to ask what I should do and he had me use CAPTAN, which is actually a rose fungicide. I bought the powder and mixed it with water and put it on them several times a week. Unfortunately, I can't remember the exact dosage but it seems like it was a couple of tablespoons per gallon? I don't think it will hurt them, I've used it since and just guessed at the dosage. Might ask your vet. Sorry not more specific, it's just been too many years.
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post #7 of 23 Old 08-09-2012, 06:05 PM
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rain rot generally takes hold in horses that are malnourished or lacking certain vitamins. namely vitamin A. make sure your horse is getting decent amounts of quality grass or grass hay and a good fortified feed. All the topical goos in the world wont help if you dont address the underlying problem of why it got it in the first place.
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Use a mixture of tea tree oil, betadine and mineral oil. It cleared up my horses rain rot in a matter of 5 days. Worked wonders.

I think i used a 1/2 bottle of tea tree oil (2 ounces or so), 1/8 cup betadine and 1 cup mineral oil.
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
rain rot generally takes hold in horses that are malnourished or lacking certain vitamins. namely vitamin A. make sure your horse is getting decent amounts of quality grass or grass hay and a good fortified feed. All the topical goos in the world wont help if you dont address the underlying problem of why it got it in the first place.
Generally but not always I would debate. My horse was grazing on fresh shoots of grass and getting grain. He had just been moved to the pasture. Prior to that he was feeding on a premium hay with grain.

We brought in a new horse that was poor and it went from one horse to another very quickly. On top of that we shared grooming tools and turnout blankets.

I won't argue that a poor condition horse is more susceptible to rain rot than a healthy horse, but I do believe it is viral and no horse is immune to it if they are exposed to a rain rot infected horse.
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He came to me about 250 lbs underweight and with rain rot issues.

The weight is no longer a problem. The rain rot is really trying to persist! He does get supplemented with Vitamin A, and I am not worried about his quality of nutrition. I spent hours working that out with the vet from the vet school here.

When I went to the barn today it looked like it was finally healing up (drying out). No scabs that I could see!! So hopefully the hair will be growing back soon :)

And as for the suggestions to make sure I dont share brushes, etc ... I don't! So no worries there :) And I have been CONSTANTLY sterilizing his stuff over and over so he wont get re infected. Fingers crossed that we have finally managed to keep it at bay. Thank you all! I will hold on to the treatment suggestions in case I ever need them again (though I am hoping I won't)
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