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    10-09-2009, 01:18 PM
Question Skin Problem!

I just got this new horse and the owner didn't know much about him. He's an appy that is mainly white with brown. I noticed when brushing him that he has alot of scabs and bumps and didn't know if it was a skin problem or just cuts and scraps from his old home. I'm getting the impression his old home wasn't a good one so idk. Its mainly on his back and top of his hindqauters so I'm wondering if its like rain rot or something. Anyone got any ideas?
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    10-09-2009, 01:30 PM
Sounds like rain rot to me. Try cleaning it with a betadine scrub everyday, then rinse. Should go away in no time :)
    10-09-2009, 01:42 PM
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    10-09-2009, 04:27 PM
Could be rain rot. My horse has it now because of all the massive rains we have gotten and where we had him stabled he was not in a barn. Now I have moved him and started treating the problem. I first tried iodine shampoo but it didn't have much effect. My vet told me today to start using ChlorhexiDerm shampoo (which I got from the vet). If you can't get the shampoo from the vet then use a betadine shampoo rather than iodine.

He said to lather the shampoo up and leave it on the horse for 10-15 minutes then rinse. Dry the horse or if it is sunny, let him dry outside.

From what my vet said this should be repeated daily for 5 days.
    10-09-2009, 04:29 PM
ALSO, after the horse is dry spray with fly spray.
    10-09-2009, 05:41 PM
Well that's what I thought was the rain rot. The problem is, we live in Northern NY and right now it's 43 degrees F so is giving him a bath a good idea? Is there any ointments that I can give him that don't require washing him?
    10-09-2009, 06:48 PM
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If you can't bathe, use either yellow Listerine (off brand is fine) or Apple Cider Vinegar, both full strength. Put whichever you choose in a spray bottle and spray the affected areas until saturated. Let it set 10-15 minutes, then use a towel to dry off any that's left.

Be sure to disenfect your grooming tools and any blankets and saddle pads you use on him. Don't share them with the other horses.

To help it heal faster and prevent it in the future, feed him 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (cheap Walmart brand is fine) and 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Flax (whole or milled). The ACV gets the skin's PH back in order to prevent the nasties from reproducing and the Flax improves skin oils and overall condition. Since feeding both to my horses, I've only had very minor spots of rain rot that went away on its own. And here in Arkansas, we have ripe conditions for it. My mare would get a moderate case every year!
    10-09-2009, 06:55 PM
sounds like rain rot

Yup sounds like rain rot. I just got my weanling back (I say I just got him, I mean I went and TOOK) from a horse training/boarding place that I took him to. When I took him they had a nice run with cover, he was in that stall for five days and on the sixth they had moved him into a round pen which was temporary I thought. Well that night started the rains and when I went back he was standing in mudm. I was peeved to stay the least and expressed my displeasure. The guy reassured me he would be moved back, but the horse occupying his stall need separation until a coggins came back which was supposed to be later that day. I went back the next day same situation so I called and said that my baby was leaving, when would he be back to unlock the property. He told me just to turn him out with the herd..mwhich was run by the herd stud. I told him hell no. He made me wait one more day and then I wenand got him so needless to say four days in mud is all it takes.

If you can't give your guy a bath, treat each individual sore daily. Its painful, but you should also scrape them as the fungus can't grow when exposed top oxygen. Hope this helps.
    10-09-2009, 07:34 PM
I used this one time when it was too cold to bathe my horse:
Eqyss Micro-Tek Anti-Microbial Spray - Dover Saddlery.
It works very well, just curry it in.
    10-10-2009, 05:22 PM
It has gotten colder her as well...thought we might have some sunshine this week but I guess not.

Someone on the forum mentioned Tinactin, so I got a tube and rubbed it into the worst areas. I did that yesterday and today I was finally able to get the scabs completely off today (the areas must be painful because yesterday I was having a hard time getting the scabs off...he kept trying to get away). Today the scabs came off easily and I rubbed the cream in again. Hopefully tomorrow will be warm enough to give him a bath.

There is a spray of Tinactin but I used the cream and rubbed it into the spots (mine does not have a lot but multiple areas, some larger than others).

Keep in mind to spray the horse with a fly spray. Insect bits can be areas where rain rot will start. That is what happened with my horse. After the massive rains the mosquitoes were awful. The barn where we had him was next to a river and no amount of spray seemed to be enough. We moved him from that place because of some stray dogs that were bitting his legs.

Let us know how it goes.

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