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post #1 of 47 Old 11-03-2013, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Vitamin A and D Rain Rot....clever horse knows its coming?

Well I have read I think most of the threads on rain rot. So I purchased Vitamin A and D injectable for my poor girl that is suffering with Rain rot. I have given her the second dose today and to be honest I am not sure she even got any of it. The first time we tried it over her food and no way would she even eat her hay cubes, which she normally dives right into. So we tried to administer it like a wormer. I swear it all came back on me! Smart little devil she is. Today was her second dose and once again she wouldn't touch her food even thou it was hidden. So we administered it like a wormer again. Once again I swear I am wearing it. Does anybody know of an easier way to give this to her and to be sure that she is getting it? I thought I read somewhere the human gel cap vitamins would do the same thing. Any thoughts would be mighty appreciated! Thanks
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Mix with apple sauce and put it in a womer tube. We have one mare that will not touch any food that has anything "foreign" in it, too.
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and if she is a real stinker about the applesauce you could try some vitamins designed for mare and foal. Usually they are pretty high in vitamin A. The cattle injectable just works better and faster.

I used to have one that was hard to worm so I would periodically just give her a syringe full of nothing but applesauce. When it came time to really worm her she would have the syringe in her mouth and it would be done before she knew a switch had been made. Just once a week or so with the applesauce and she volunteered herself for worming. Meds should work about the same.
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I thought I read somewhere the human gel cap vitamins would do the same thing. Any thoughts would be mighty appreciated! Thanks
BTW, if you want to go old fashioned, just feed good old carrots. Three carrots provide the typical vitamin A needs for a horse and are actually better for the liver than supplements. We give our horses only 1/2 a carrot a day and none have ever had rain rot.
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BTW, if you want to go old fashioned, just feed good old carrots. Three carrots provide the typical vitamin A needs for a horse and are actually better for the liver than supplements. We give our horses only 1/2 a carrot a day and none have ever had rain rot.
This almost sounds too good to be true but I believe it actually works! Someone on here recommended it for goopy eyes. My gelding had always had goopy eyes, especially in summer when the flies got bad. He had to wear a fly mask constantly and even then had eye boogers. So someone recommended carrots and my local grocery store coincidentally started carrying 25 lb bags of carrots around the same time so I feed everyone several carrots a day and bam, no more goopy eyes!

What's really neat is that my older gelding can't wear a fly mask now because the 3 yr old rips it off (and I am afraid he will swallow pieces of it) so the old gelding has gone without a fly mask all summer and no eye infections.

Okay, I guess I am starting to ramble on now. But it is a good excuse to feed carrots. And the horses love them.
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Thank you all for your advice and now that I think of it she isn't the easiest horse to worm, so trying the syringe just with apple sauce this week coming might convince her otherwise. They are such funny creatures...she wouldn't even look at me after I gave her the vitamin in the syringe. Lol I am hoping this Vitamin supplement will help her mend and we can get back on track!! Thanks again!!
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I'm gong to have to try this- my new mare has persistent rain rot despite everything and I'm finding she has really sensitive skin.... She is probably the only horse on the planet who won't eat carrots but she'll down anything I hide in her grain...
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Probably won't help your situation, but I'll mix a syringe full of liquid vitamin A in a gallon of oil. Shake it up. It is oil based so it doesn't separate out. Mix it in the feed. They get a little every day.
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post #9 of 47 Old 11-04-2013, 03:18 PM
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CARROTS
Most horses on good pasture can store enough vitamin A in their livers to carry them through the winter months. Hay on the other hand loses 10% of it's vitamin A for every month after it's cut. Copper is another neccessary element needed for curing rain rot.
Vitamin A does have a toxicity level. Beta Carrotine does not.

I recently got a rescue foal that had a nasty case of rain rot all over his poor little body, even on his nose! His skin was a mess, covered in that blasted gunk, fur falling out, dull, flakey and just plain hideous.
We've had him for a couple of weeks now and his rot spots are clearing up from the inside out! No picking or scrubbing, not even topical stuff was needed. He simply got better from the inside out.

Here's what I've been feeding him:
8/10 cups cut up carrots = carrotine
1/2 cup soy beans = protein
1/2 cup yogurt = probiotic
1/4 cup flax seed = omega 3s
1/2 flake alfalfa = calcium & protein
Electrolites in his water

He is on average quality hay and no grains or other suppliments. His goopy eyes have cleared up, his fur is getting shining and no longer falling out and the rot scabies are just brushing away. Now when you part his fur you see good skin and good looking fur down at the roots.
It is a lot of carrots but you aren't going to OD him on them, it's naturally taken into his system and every nutrient is utilized. Plus, he thinks it's Christmas everytime he gets fed. LOL
I buy the 25lb bulk bag carrots for juicing which runs me about $8.
Soybeans at the local grocery, they are toasted and in the bulk bin section.
Flax seed is also in the same bulk bin section. Both around a buck a pound.
He gets the carrots with each feeding and the other stuff at breakfast. He's a happy clam. And so am I!
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Oh, I should probably mention that while that is a ton of carrots he is an American Belgian draft baby and already 15hh at 5 months.
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