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post #1 of 14 Old 07-19-2011, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Skin problems. Does anyone know what this is?

Hey I was wondering if anyone could tell me what this is on my horse... He gets it every summer and I can't for the life of me figure out what it is. I had my BO have the vet check it when he was out there (I was unable to be there when the vet was out there) and he told me the vet didn't think anything of it.. I am not so sure I believe that. I get the impression that he forgot to ask the vet and just gave his opinion but I have no proof. I am getting ready to call the vet out myself, but if it is something that is commonly dealt with and not that big of a deal, I don't want the vet to come out for nothing. My horse isn't in any pain or irritated because of it, it just looks bad to me. They are small bumps that come up, scab over and fall off repeatedly. They seem to only come up on his legs (mainly front), his chest, neck, face and up on his forehead. I am guessing that maybe he has an allergy to bug bites? Any advice or help would be appreciated :) He has been getting this for as long I have known him, even before I owned him. These are some pictures I took of it when it was just starting out but I will get more recent ones when I go out there again.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-19-2011, 04:24 PM
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Looks like rain rot to me. Super common, especially in areas of tall grass and/or lots of rain.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-19-2011, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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It doesn't really look like rain rot when it is more advanced. It has been very dry and he is in a dirt paddock. I have seen rain rot before and I have treated him for rain rot but it doesn't help. Plus, he is the ONLY horse that gets it without fail every spring/summer... I am going to post more recent pictures when I go out there again so you can see what I am talking about.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-19-2011, 04:50 PM
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One of my horses would get something like that. I did the biopsy, skin scrapings, steroids, allergy testing-yes it was bug related- allergy shots, to no avail. She is now well maintained on hydroxyzine.
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-19-2011, 05:55 PM
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Well, the term "rain rot" is kind of a misnomer...

Rain rot is a fungus that lives on the horse's skin (similar to Athlete's Foot). You will see the scabs and hair loss when the fungus is "activated" due to rain, damp, sweat, etc...

That said - I'm not sure if this IS rain rot. I think the scabs look too isolated (rather than in a cluster).

My guess would be that it's related to insect bites or irritation from tall grasses and prickly plants.

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post #6 of 14 Old 07-19-2011, 06:01 PM
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kind of looks like what my mare gets on her hind end we use MTG once a week rinse her back legs pick off the old scabs and rub it on and it goes away and she's stops itching

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post #7 of 14 Old 07-23-2011, 04:55 PM
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this does look like a fungus of some type.. I am also fighting some type of a fungus on my foal. She had ringworm on her rear leg. I have been giving her plenty of baths.. but some spots still seem like they are fungus.... not sure what the best thing to use to get rid of it.

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post #8 of 14 Old 07-23-2011, 07:59 PM
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I agree with some other posters that it looks like it might just be bug bites. I know a horse that every summer gets little bites just like that because she has horrible reactions to bug bites. Her owner gives her a bath every week with medicated shampoo to alleviate the bites and she does pretty well with simple fly protection (fly spray, masks, boots, etc).
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-23-2011, 09:40 PM
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You could try boots for a week or so and see if it makes a difference, simple process of elimination
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-24-2011, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry I haven't posted more recent pictures yet. My camera isn't cooperating lol But yes, I have tried the baths, I have tried sprays and such... Nothing seems to really help all much. SWAT has worked the best I would say out of all of them, but it is not always feasible to use because I have to practically coat him with it from his pasterns, up to his head. And that is a lot of SWAT to use. I would try boots or a sheet but it is VERY hot and humid where I live so I don't want him to get overheated..
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