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    03-19-2010, 03:14 AM

I went out to feed tonight, and practically fell over when I saw Mojo's tail. I took him out of the paddock, tied him up, and got a better look. He was missing about 2 inches worth of hair on the base of his tail! At first I thought it was from him rubbing it from worms, but he was dewormed recently. But after I took a closer look I realized it was rain rot, and boy did he have it bad. I got out some anti-fungal shampoo, and washed his entire tail, hind legs, etc. And that's when his hair started to fall out. He has almost no hair on his tail anymore. I was shocked. I board him and my mare at my friends stable, and we all take turns coming out to feed. I was out here two nights ago, and he was fine. I've dealt with rain rot before, but nothing like this. Does it really spread that quickly? I'll have to post some pictures up asap. It seems like one problem after another with this little guy. I guess this is what I get for buying a $25 pony.
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    03-19-2010, 03:21 AM
That's terrible! Post those pictures it will be good for others to learn and see what it looks like. Sounds like you got to it in time before it got worse, GOOD WORK, LUCKY HORSE!
    03-19-2010, 07:45 AM
All you can do is keep it dry and clean. And you're going to need to disinfect everything that touched your horse.
    03-19-2010, 01:11 PM
MTG has worked pretty good for me! Hope he gets rid of it soon(:
    03-19-2010, 04:36 PM
I hope you post pictures, I've never had to deal with rain rot before and it would be great if I could see pictures and educate myself, if a situation like this were to ever occur for me. By the way...I hope you get rid of it fast, is sure sounds like a nasty, terrible thing. Good luck to you and your horse hun!!
    03-26-2010, 02:39 PM
Progress? Or pictures?
    04-04-2010, 07:17 AM
Originally Posted by ALottaTrot    
Progress? Or pictures?
OH MAN, sorry guys no pics... yet!
I'll take some later this morning, but his tail is much better.
    04-04-2010, 01:25 PM
Green Broke
Rain rot is caused by a BACTERIA, not a fungus. Betadine scrub or other anti-bacterial scrub/spray work better than antifungals. Yellow Listerine works well too! Treat/scrub daily until all scabs are gone and the skin looks "healthy".

Dunk all grooming tools in a 25% bleach solution, soak for 2 minutes, then rinse. If you're still using blankets, wash and lysol them. Saddle pads/blanks should be washed and lysol-ed as well.

I would add an Omega 3 supplement to his diet. That will help make his skin and hair healthier from the inside out. Flax, meal, whole, or oil works well. Hemp or Fish oil also works well (you can find both made for horses). Cocosoya from Uckele works well too. A general vit/min supplement like GrandVite might be a good idea too.

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