4 yr old QH Rain Rot and Dermatitis issues

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    01-08-2012, 08:31 AM
4 yr old QH Rain Rot and Dermatitis issues

My 4 yr old QH got rain rot last year - that is now cleared up and hasn't come back. He has had scabs on his legs ever since I bought him last year. I scrubbed his legs off and on all summer (hoping not to dry them out) with betadine - scabs wouldn't go away. I finally got the scabs to go away a couple of weeks ago (early Dec). The skin underneath though is not like normal skin it still seems like its flaky, white dead skin etc. He also has constant dandruff in the winter (I live in WI) and had a patch of skin (size of a tennis ball) flake off - hair stayed but scabs/skin rose to the surface.

I give him soy oil to hydrate his skin but is there something else I should be trying. I have called a vet about this also - they didn't say much just athat he is young. This skin issue has lasted over a year. Is that normal? He is in clean/dry boarding conditions (stays outside). I have also sanitized my brushes so that we don't reinfect him.
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    01-08-2012, 08:35 AM
Flax seed. Order some whole flax and work him up to about 3/4 a cup a day. Good luck!
    01-08-2012, 09:06 PM
Try Shapely's MTG. I prefer to put it in a a good spray bottle, because it's messier to apply from the bottle it comes in. It's greasy, and stinky, but it works great for such issues. For future ref, it also works great to clear up rain rot and various fungi. And of course it promotes hair growth.
    01-08-2012, 09:19 PM
I had him on Omega Horseshine which has flax - didn't help.

Also I have used MTG that doesn't work either.

Any other ideas? :)
    01-08-2012, 09:37 PM
That's odd...MTG is the problem solver for just about everyone at my barn. Not sure what else you could try, but MTG should at least keep it moisturized.

Has your vet seen this?
    01-09-2012, 03:23 AM
More elbow grease! Don't bathe him at all. Curry and brush every day. If you are growing out the mane and tail don't brush them every day. But stimulation will get the blood flowing and oxygen into his skin to kill bacteria. Just rub rub rub until you think his hair is going to fall off lol. And the best stuff I have ever used for rain rot and dander is Eqyss microtec spray and shampoo. Also when ever you bathe don't leave him hangin on conditioner add it all over his body to help restore oils to the skin. That could be the reason you have dander but rainrot is hard to get rid of all of my horses have been prone to getting it. If I bathe I use the Eqyss and scrub the area for a min with my fingers getting as far into the fungus as I can. Then spray it with microteck and massage that into the skin to works better if you rub it in really hard. Also my horse never goes out in the rain. I keep him dry.
    01-09-2012, 05:46 AM
Flax seed is not an instant fix, you feed for three weeks or so before you see results. I have never tried a supplement WITH flax seed. I just feed whole flax. Try it, I have had amazing results for TWENTY years.
    01-09-2012, 07:20 AM

Ok I can give it a try just feeding flax. He was on Omega Horseshine for 6 months and I didn't see a difference - I will try just the flax seed.

Also his rain rot is gone I'm more concerned about the skin that flakes (not dandruff much larger pieces) off. Not everywhere just in patches.

Yes the vet has seen him, they think its just a reaction to fly wipe or he just has bad skin. Either way I won't be using fly wipe this coming summer. Poor horse has thin skin and has quite the reaction to fly bites. I will be trying bug off garlic - hope this works!

    01-09-2012, 08:44 AM
A friend had a problem like that for over 2 years. Finally a vet put her horse on a short course of steroids & it cleared up. Apparently the immune system was working overtime & needed to be quieted down.
    01-09-2012, 08:52 AM
Try washing him with Nizoral shampoo - it is great for anything with flakey skin and is my first treatment for mudfever, rain rot or greasy heel. Dilute with hand hot water and work well into the skin. Leave for 20 mins before rinsing off. I tend to leave it on when I'm treating for mudfever etc, but rinse off when just scurfy.

Feeding Copper and zinc as a supplement helps skin health. Ground Flaxseed is great for improving the skins health too. I buy the seeds whole and grind them myself in a coffee grinder.

dermatitus, mud fever, scabs, scratches, skin issues

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