I was wondering if there are more than one type of rain rot bc my little gelding has some flakes under the skin which look to me to be just really dry skin but someone told me it was rain rot. However everytime I have ever seen rain rot the hair would come out where it was when you brush could this actually be rain rot or just dry skin? If it is dry skin how would you take care of it?
Actually, I was just at a friend's house yesterday and she was saying her horse had rain rot... but to me it was just dry skin from the winter air.... Regardless of what it really is, her solution was baby oil. I know my horses have it, and I may try the baby oil instead of what I did last year which was a bath.
No, there is not more than one type of rain rot. Rain rot is an infection by a specific type of bacteria which causes the formation of scabs and hair loss in the area where it is affecting the skin. If there aren't scabs, it's not rain rot because the bacteria causes scab formation to protect itself from the oxygen rich atmosphere outside the scab. Baby oil is a poor choice for treating rain rot because it actually will protect the bacteria by keeping oxygen out as well.
For dry skin, consider that it's a dietary imbalance that is causing the problem--remember all parts of the body work together and the diet affects every single part of the body. Check the diet and ensure that it's balanced. Then consider adding a bit of oil to the diet to help heal the skin from the inside out rather than using baby oil.