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post #1 of 16 Old 01-18-2013, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Really bad rain rot

I would like some suggestions as to the best way to treat rain rot now that it is too cold for me to bathe. Our area has recently undergone about two weeks of nonstop rain. Yesterday was our first day of sunshine, I get the horses up and my mare has rain rot worse than I have ever seen...ever. She has always been prone to it, maybe a little patch will show up now and again. I keep MTG on hand to dab on and it goes the summer months I routinely bathe her with a betadine shampoo. This has been working for several years, until now after this unheard of rain. She is literally missing all the hair from her back, most of one side of her face, completely down her hind end and legs, and spots on her neck. I am just at a loss. I feel like if I use the MTG I would end up using the entire bottle in one sitting, it's just so much! Is there something else that can be topically applied that doesn't have to be rinsed? I have heard of homemade concoctions of various types, but I'm nervous about using them because I don't know of anyone personally that has used them. I'm putting some pictures, but they were from when I first got her in. She doesn't look near as bad in the pics as she does now that I have been working on getting the scabs off, but all the hair that you can kind of see matted/laying together, it's all gone now. I can literally rub her with my hand and it just falls out.




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post #2 of 16 Old 01-19-2013, 12:17 AM
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rainrot isnt caused by rain, its caused by lack of Vitamin A, usually better food and a good supplement containing A will clear it up
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post #3 of 16 Old 01-19-2013, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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I knew rain rot wasn't caused by rain per se, just that the conditions helped the fungus my case, it's typically pretty humid as I live in the deep south.

I have never heard that a vitamin A deficiency could cause rain rot. I did a quick search, and you're absolutely right that it can be a cause. I will definitely be picking her up a supplement tomorrow!
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post #4 of 16 Old 01-19-2013, 10:13 AM
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If you live in Louisiana like we do, I find this time of year a A supplement is a must. Mare magic supplement will help keep it at bay but at this point you need to do A orally.
Also, I truly hate to say this, but even in all that rain a good brushing daily keeping the oils up in her coat will help.
My poor guys are so glad it's dry they are bucking around the pasture playing.
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post #5 of 16 Old 01-19-2013, 10:22 AM
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I agree with the Vit A but I am going to suggest getting the vet involved this time. Hopefully you have a vet close by?

If she is worse than the pictures show, I believe she might be well-served by an antibiotic to keep the infection from going deep.

She looks pretty serious to me. I know how fast rainrot and scratches can blow up.

It wouldn't hurt to hold off on the Vit A until the vet looks at her and decides whether or she is at a point that antiobiotics might be needed.

If they are, I would do that and after they have run their course, then start her on Vitamin A.

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post #6 of 16 Old 01-19-2013, 11:00 AM
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yeh its a cause and effect thing. Guessing here, but gonna assume in the winter the grass dies and the lack of green grass reduces the vit A intake, it also happens to usually be cold and rainy so when horses get it people assume it is the cold rain causing it. Yes it is a fungus usually that needs a warm moist area to grow. Assuming here it is similar to jungle rot or athletes foot type fungus. Generally good feed has enough, but some horses do need help. Vit A supplements does soemthing to the imune system to keep the fungus from taking root to begin with. But yeh if horse is that bad Id call a vet and hold off on unprescribed stuff. If money is tight keep brushing and doing your MTD, lysol or lystering treatments to kill it on the outside, but hit a tractor supply and look for a suplement with a good dose of A, usually it is on the label. I have an arab mare that seems to get rainrot bad, I keep her on one oz of Dumor Gold from tractor supply a day, combined with Legends performance feed and she is completely clear. I ran out of supplement and within about 2 weeks rain rot came back, Put her back on Vitamin and it went away again. So pretty much will keep it on her all the time. Might also read your feed label, and switch to a better brand. Not saying you are ,. But I did it a long time, basically fed a cheap food then had to buy supplements, when if I went to a better feed with the supplemets already in it would end up cheaper.
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My leo had rainrot really bad as well ! Yes minerals are strongly needed ! But your every mouthwash eats at it :) I helps with leo alot , vet shampoo, then dry very well ! I also put him on soya beans roasted :) they are great for an amazing coat ! This is leo the first day i had him :) NO mane , no hair in alot of places, and him 6 months later :)
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Also you need to treat your brushes and any blankets that you may have on him. I would, if you can financially, get some antibiotics to help get it under control.
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I don't live in LA, but I'm close enough to claim it! I'm right on the MS/LA line and do the majority of my shopping in LA.

I normally do brush her daily, I have noticed that it typically keeps it at bay. With all the nastiness and rain they stayed holed up in the woods and wouldn't come down for nothing. A few of the days when the weather eased up I walked out to them with a curry and fluffed their hair out, but at that time the rain rot wasn't presenting itself like it is now.

I feel like a horrible horse owner, but in all my years of owning horses I have never seen something like this. Honestly, she's the first I've owned that I have to stay on top of so that it doesn't flair up. If I had known about the vitamin A I would have already had her on it! I do have her on a good feed...Strategy Healthy Edge with Optizyme added as well. She's on 24/7 choice hay and access to rye grass. When I head to town later I'll be picking up some vitamin A, hopefully Tractor Supply will have it.

Seeing as how it's the weekend now, my regular vet will charge me out the a$$ for a visit, but I have a vet friend that I can call to give her a look. She's small animal, but owns horses and has no problem handling stuff like this and giving advice. I will say, aside from the enormous hair loss, her skin doesn't look oozy like it did yesterday. I curried her really well and got out the majority of the scabs and then rubbed MTG on the exposed skin. Her skin is a healthy looking dry, not flaky, so that makes me hopeful that there isn't an infection.

Thanks everyone, like I said, I had no clue about the vitamin A aspect of it. I have already passed that on to some horse friends (who had never heard it either). Maybe now I can get her healed and cleared up permanently.

Oh, and flyinghighleo....thanks for the pic, it gives me hope that she'll be beautiful again. I feel horrible for my girl, she normally has a great coat.
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-19-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Mochachino...I have been treating them. I keep a bleach mixture on hand that I spray onto the curry every time I use it. We normally don't blanket, but I'm blanketing her at night now since she's lost so much hair and I've been spraying it as well then hanging it inside out to dry.
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