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cowgirl4jesus94 11-14-2009 05:32 PM

scabs all over horses backs??
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I noticed a week or so ago that Hawk had little scabs all over his back. Today they seemed pretty big and I checked the other horses and Lucky had some on her back.. but not as many as Hawk. Splash only had 3 or 4. They are all over the top of his back and butt. Most all of them are on the left side. I'm not sure what they are.. they could be rain rot, possibly? It's been warm (in the 60's) the past week or so. And we had quite a bit of rain about a week or two ago. I tried to take some pictures of it but its kind of hard to see.. you can feel it alot better. What do you guys think it could be?

here is a video of his back..

reining girl 11-14-2009 05:33 PM

It looks like rain rot.

eventerdrew 11-14-2009 05:37 PM

That, my dear, is rain rot. All of my horses are battling it right now. I have found that Equus Micro-Tek Anti-Bacterial spray works REALLY well. It is a leave-in treatment that you do 2-3 times a day. It's just in a spray bottle so it's really painless and easy.

good luck!

cowgirl4jesus94 11-14-2009 05:41 PM

I have heard Listerine works... Is rain rot contagious?

What will happen if it goes untreated?

eventerdrew 11-14-2009 05:43 PM

I don't know what happens when it goes untreated but it's not comfortable for the horse, especially if you plan on riding him.

Never tried listerine but I bet it would work because of the alcohol in it.

Rain rot, in my experience, can be contagious through brushes, but maybe it was just a coincidence...

teafortwo 11-14-2009 05:44 PM

I'm sorry that i cannot answer your question, but i am new to this site and need help on how to post a thread. can some one please help me?

bubblegum 11-14-2009 05:46 PM

i had a horse once that never had his rain rot treated and he turned out fine, aloe vera works well though if you want to try it

eventerdrew 11-14-2009 05:47 PM

ok I checked... rain rot IS contagious through brushes, shared saddle blankets, etc.

these people: recommend the anti-bacterial shampoo treatment or spray like I said. It's a good, simple article. helped me understand it a bit more!

eventerdrew 11-14-2009 05:49 PM

sorry to keep double posting, but the article says not to use something that will cover the rain rot. Such as ointment or aloe. It can be beneficial to the bacteria that causes rain rot.

cowgirl4jesus94 11-14-2009 05:53 PM

Thanks for your guy's help. I think I will try Listerine first and see if that helps.

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