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    11-12-2012, 01:26 AM
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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. ^^
     
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    11-12-2012, 01:40 AM
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The salt and mineral lick are a help, but don't address many of the mineral needs that horses have. I'd consider feeding him a good quality mineral, such as Big Sky. I hear that some horses eat it free choice, my picky guy doesn't so it goes in his feed.

Hiland's Big Sky Horse Minerals - Home

My horse had a severe case of rain rot this Spring,



His hair still hasn't fully grown back, but it's so much better than it was.
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    11-12-2012, 08:19 AM
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His hair still hasn't fully grown back, but it's so much better than it was.
So do the scabs leave temporary bald spots when they go away? Just wondering what to expect. My guy is getting a little balding on his hind end, and I wasn't sure if that meant that things were getting better or worse... Also will look up the mineral supplement you suggested. He could definitely use it, at least until his overall condition is back up to parr. Thanks for the reply/pic. It's greatly appreciated ^^
     
    11-12-2012, 08:34 AM
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I would 'jump-start him on the Vitamin A by giving him the injectable Vitamin A ORALLY. 5cc once a week will do wonders. After 3 or 4 doses, the Mare Plus should be enough to keep him free of it (and give him a good hair coat and bright eyes.)

When you do this, you do not have to treat the rain rot. The horse will grow in new hair with the scabs still there. The scabs just dry up and the new hair pushes them off. You can just curry them off with a shedding blade. If you use a shedding blade or metal curry comb too soon, the horse will object because they are tender. Once the new hair pushes them off, they curry off just fine. The open sores they make can get infected and is one of the reason that I never touch a horse with active rain rot scabs but let their bodies and the Vitamin A correct the situation like it should.
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    11-12-2012, 10:16 AM
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With the injectable A, you will see visible hair regrowth by the end of the 2nd week. By the end of the month, it should be cleared up.

Look for a daily vitamin supplement with an A value of at least 100,000 IU/#.
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    11-13-2012, 01:09 AM
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I would 'jump-start him on the Vitamin A by giving him the injectable Vitamin A ORALLY
So, so informative. Thank-you guys. Have been wondering how to expect the scabs to go away. Just wondering though, where do I get the vitamin A injections. Also, he's very touchy about his mouth, (Just got him, so we've been working on that, and he's better now, but still needs work...) If I can't get him to take it orally without wasting it all, will it still be just as effective if he gets it through injection? Thanks for your time. ^^
     
    11-13-2012, 01:13 AM
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Look for a daily vitamin supplement with an A value of at least 100,000 IU/#.
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The mare Plus supplement has exactly 100,000 IU's of Vitamin A. Good to know that that's enough and that I'm on the right track. Thank-you! ^^
     
    11-13-2012, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
The salt and mineral lick are a help, but don't address many of the mineral needs that horses have. I'd consider feeding him a good quality mineral, such as Big Sky. I hear that some horses eat it free choice, my picky guy doesn't so it goes in his feed.

Hiland's Big Sky Horse Minerals - Home

My horse had a severe case of rain rot this Spring,



His hair still hasn't fully grown back, but it's so much better than it was.
I don't want to steal the thread but I'm very curious, what is that you put on the affected areas?

Where exactly does one get vitamin A injectable to give orally? I'm not sure this is something I can buy OTC in Ontario Canada. It seems like something that would be regulated for us which is frustrating on its own.
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    11-13-2012, 12:22 PM
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The mare Plus supplement has exactly 100,000 IU's of Vitamin A. Good to know that that's enough and that I'm on the right track. Thank-you! ^^
You are above what would be needed for a maintenance does. You are providing 100,000 IU per day not 100,000 per #. He will not need that much once you get things cleared up. ( 2 oz per day of mare plus at 800,000 IU/# is 100,000 IU) At 100,000/# he would be getting 12,500 IU with a 2 oz serving.

You can find the injectable Vit A on livestock websites like Jeffers or Valley Vet for around $15/100 ml bottle. If you have a livestock supply store in town, they will carry it as well. A 100 ml bottle will last you a few years. I would give him a preventative 3-5 ml dose every month or two during the winter. DO NOT inject. Make your life easier and just squirt it on his feed.
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    11-13-2012, 12:23 PM
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I don't want to steal the thread but I'm very curious, what is that you put on the affected areas?

Where exactly does one get vitamin A injectable to give orally? I'm not sure this is something I can buy OTC in Ontario Canada. It seems like something that would be regulated for us which is frustrating on its own.
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