Yet another thread with rain rot questions
So, my question is not about how to cure it, as there are a pluthera of posts floating around with answers for that, but I do have a few questions. I just got a new horse with rain scald all down his back/hindquarters. He was kept in a small pasture without any hay/grain/supplements and had no stall/shelter. His body score is fine, so he seemed to have enough foilage, but by the condition of his skin/coat (real bad dandruff/ brittle mane/tail) and his obvious susceptibility to the rain scald, he seems to be extremely vitamin/mineral deficient. He now has access to an outdoor stall and mineral lick at all times. I've ordered some waterproof blankets for him and some vetericyn to help his skin. I've got him on a pelleted grain regime with mare plus supplements (As recommended for its high vitamin A content) And a supplement of omega 3's. He's also on a good quality hay.
So, my question is, is there anything else I can do for him? How long should it take to clear up? Should I expect him to bald out a bit during the healing process? And also (this may or may not be a dumb question) would it be recomended that he not be ridden until this clears up?
Sorry if these questions have already been asked/answered. Never dealt with rain scald before and was just wondering what to expect. Thanks in advance for your replies. ^^