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Mary 05-18-2011 03:42 PM

Does my horse have fungus or dandruff on tail and mane?
My horse still has big, waxy flakes on the tail bone and it is a mess. The flakes on his mane seem drier and more responsive to shampoo.
I have washed his tail with dandruff shampoo and the 'dandruff' comes right back. I tried MTG, Listerine and baby oil as well, all to no avail. Today I washed the tail in diluted solution of betadine as suggested by my vet...(I've only washed him twice this spring) If this is a fungus, it is persistent stuff.
Also added 2 ounces of Rice Bran Oil to his feed a couple of weeks ago.
Am I going in the right direction if this is a fungus? Thanks!!!!

candandy49 05-19-2011 06:43 AM

It very well could be a skin fungus and your treating it correctly. You might also try using otc Tinactin from a pharmacy or Discount Department Store. Tinactin is a medication for Athlete's Foot, which is also a fungus in people.

If you aren't already soaking your brushes or combs in a water and bleach solution you'll need to be doing it. Fungus is persistent. Don't use bleach on your horse's body.

mls 05-19-2011 09:35 AM

The soap Dreft is antibacterial. Rinses clean and easy. You can use it on the body and your grooming equipment. Smells better than bleach and you won't have to worry about splashing and ruining your jeans.

Mary 05-19-2011 10:33 AM

Thank you for your replies. Yes, I am disinfecting my brushes in bleach solution.
It's raining again today, so this is the weather a fungus thrives on. I have some of the Tinactin goes like a dry powder, I think.
I will look in to Dreft instead of bleach.

candandy49 05-20-2011 08:17 AM

Sounds like your on the "road to success" combating the Fungus. I didn't realize Dreft was an antibacterial soap. Thank You, mls...

Alwaysbehind 05-20-2011 08:18 AM


Originally Posted by candandy49 (Post 1041061)
I didn't realize Dreft was an antibacterial soap. Thank You, mls...

Me either, I too say thank you.

mls 05-20-2011 10:13 AM

I also like to use Dreft for sheath cleaning and scrubbing fresh wounds. Rinses clean so it does not irritate.

LetAGrlShowU 05-20-2011 10:41 AM

I used vinegar recommended by my vet when Cooper got rain rot all over his bum. It cleared up rather quickly.

ScharmLily 05-21-2011 10:00 PM

My mare got some sort of flaky, crusty scabs on her tail this winter. She is groomed almost daily and kept in impeccably clean me, I'm completely OCD. I used microtek antibacterial and antifungal spray on her tail 3 times per day for probably a few weeks, then down to twice a day, and finally once a day. This finally did the trick, and I would recommend it to others.

Mary 05-21-2011 10:22 PM

Thanks for admitting your OCD tendency.... I am not alone! I am a bit obsessive about this and just want it gone. Today his tail and mane looked better than it has in awhile....this is after a betadine wash and following up with Tinactin powder spray. Now although the flakes are less, the skin looks very dry. He is groomed once daily...that's the best I can do because of the drive....probably your amazing persistance on a daily basis is the trick to getting it under control and keeping it under control. Maybe I've been getting it almost gone and let up
the treatment too soon.

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