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    05-11-2012, 09:31 PM
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Nope! It's rain rot. Horses only get if they are deficient in Vitamin A. If they are getting enough A, you cannot give it to them -- or lice either. That is why you only see it from late fall to late spring. The green grass clears it up if you do absolutely nothing -- along with goopy, crusty eyes, dry scruffy skin and lice.
     
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    05-13-2012, 03:24 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Cherie    
Nope! It's rain rot. Horses only get if they are deficient in Vitamin A. If they are getting enough A, you cannot give it to them -- or lice either. That is why you only see it from late fall to late spring. The green grass clears it up if you do absolutely nothing -- along with goopy, crusty eyes, dry scruffy skin and lice.
huge ditto on this..

3-5ccs ORALLY of the injectable cattle/sheep Vit A & D works wonders in about a week.
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    05-14-2012, 08:50 AM
  #13
Yearling
I never knew that. Are there natural treats High in vitamin a one could use as a preventative? Is there more of it in certain kinds of hay?
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    05-14-2012, 09:11 AM
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I never knew that. Are there natural treats High in vitamin a one could use as a preventative? Is there more of it in certain kinds of hay?
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How I understand it, those are only trace amounts. It's highly effective when given orally with a plastic syringe and the Vitamin A.

You could probably add it to hay by squirting the recommended dose ontop but I'm not sure. All I know is when I treated my horse with it, it was gone within weeks.
     
    05-14-2012, 11:58 AM
  #15
Yearling
You can give the vitamin A and continue to treat the skin and it will be gone even faster. I wouldn't worry about it spreading it in the pasture unless the other horses were also deficient.
     
    05-15-2012, 01:24 AM
  #16
Foal
Hm, well the iodine and antifungal hair growth stuff has been working, its almost gone. Just barely any on him. He just shed his winter coat a week ago and the barn is dusty but dry. I do think its just from his winter coat. I've been washing him in the iodine shampoo and a wound care liquid that has iodine and afew other healing properties in it and letting it sit for 15-20 mins. Im just glad its almost gone!
     
    05-15-2012, 09:04 AM
  #17
Yearling
You should also sanitize your brushes that have come into contact with the bacteria. A bleach and water solution.
     
    05-15-2012, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by AnalisaParalyzer    
I never knew that. Are there natural treats High in vitamin a one could use as a preventative? Is there more of it in certain kinds of hay?
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Plant products contain beta carotene which is converted to vit A. Green grass makes up the bulk of it. Carrots are a grear treat. The availably of beta carotene declines the longer the product is stored .
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    06-07-2012, 07:19 PM
  #19
Foal
Is there any worry about giving the horse too much Vitamin A? I worry that too much can make him sick.
     
    06-08-2012, 03:48 AM
  #20
Foal
Ive never heard of a horse getting I because they were vitamin deficent.. our whole barn had it and my friends barn had it too. We both have great pastures..
But who knows.

I bleached the brushes, and anything that has touched him, except the saddle pad and tack, it never touched him when he had it.
     

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