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post #1 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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I’m mad at the rain

Why must it rain EVERY SINGLE DAY here? I have 4 weeks until Chases first show and he currently hasn’t been ridden in 2 weeks.

The arena is underwater and since its grass it gets slippery.

He is covered in rain rot which i’ve been attempting to get a hand on but is hard when it rains every. single. day.

I just don’t know what to do as i see no end to this gross weather! Any ideas?
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post #2 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 06:20 AM
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Join the club of misery...
My barn and land are flooded not because I flooded but my neighbors new project has flooded from inadequate drainage and it had to go somewhere....
My horses are not home but at a friends barn since beginning of the month...and I was flooded in July.
I gave up in August though to how deep and no dry paddock area for them to stand in.

Rainy season is miserable and this year it is just been a nasty season...you are not alone.
There are old threads here on the forum about things you can do and give your horses to help alleviate the rain-rot.
A vitamin deficiency is sometimes a cause of the skin breaking down...
I want to say it is low Vit A but not positive...search the forum for some old threads on rain rot and I bet you find some information that will help you.
IF your horses are covered in fly sheets, sorry but uncover them and use fly spray instead so the coats can dry and not be a haven for bacteria to grow...and don't use the sheets till they are washed in something to kill the organisms.

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post #3 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 09:17 AM
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Been fighting the rain here too. Many farmers around us have not been able to get their crops in. Fortunately it has made a bumper hay crop and normally we have very dry weather in July and August. We had reached our normal yearly rain fall total by July 1. I have been working on getting my 2 year old going with only wet pens that have been so muddy that we have had only a few days that we could work. It has taken me 3 weeks to get 7 rides on her. I guess it has given her more time to soak between rides, because she is coming along great.
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 09:21 AM
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I was once at a horse show when it rained very heavily before the ridden classes began. All of the flatwork classes were still on, however, they called all of the coaches and their jumpers together to see if the jumping class were still on. At that time, I was taking lessons with an eventing coach, so that meant as long as it wasn't thundering with lightning, we were riding. My vote was yes, but everyone else was a no. I didn't understand, as it was expected that my horse went in all weather conditions, but then again, if it rained before I had lessons at a hunter-jumper barn, we either moved inside or it was cancelled.'

Those who are willing to practice in the rain, imo, are the better riders. They don't take days off, and continue to work to improve. Get out there, as long as it isn't storming, and practice. Don't do sharp turns and excessive speed, use your judgement.

And let's not forget how horses generally act when they aren't ever ridden in sloppy arenas or in rain for that matter...they under-perform greatly when asked to do so. When my horse gave an indication of being crabby and unwillingly to move forward when it was sprinkling, I bet you can get who got ridden every single day it rained for the next month!
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post #5 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 09:34 AM
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Well, you would t hardly ride at all in the UK if you didn't go out in the rain!

My Grandmother would say, "You aren't made of sugar, you won't melt!"

Admittedly when there is standing water in fields and horses in them it can ruin your paddocks,

As for jumping when it is wet, horses have four legs and if one slips they have the other three to hold them up.

If Hunters cannot jump in wet conditions then they are not Hunters, heck sometimes the horses would be sinking into nearly knee deep mud but they didn't slip or fall over and would jump fine.

As for rain rot, supplement with Vitamin A.
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post #6 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post

My Grandmother would say, "You aren't made of sugar, you won't melt!"
Too funny my father would always say the same thing! No matter what the chore was... lol

We had sooo much rain at the beginning of the year but not much this summer but it's been HOT and HUMID!

Good luck at the show! Jumping in the rain would kinda scare me if the horse was to slip.... but then again I don't jump...
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post #7 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 09:56 AM
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I'm mad at the rain too. After several days of down pours, all my tack- stored in the garage- is now covered in mold. I'm in the process of cleaning it. Currently taking all my leather reins and putting them away for the season. I'm done with leather until summer is over. I don't really care for synthetic reins, but better than constantly cleaning them. I need to figure out what to add to the reins. They have no grips and slide through your fingers.

I want synthetic stirrup hobbles- may have to make my own from small dog collars.

Even my brand new helmet smells like mold. I washed the liner and lysoled the helmet but it still smells. I may have to try putting it in the refrigerator.

My suggestion - get synthetic tack and ride in the rain. But that is probably why my helmet molded.

I have been limiting my rides to walk trot due to wet footing.
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post #8 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by DreamerR View Post
Why must it rain EVERY SINGLE DAY here? I have 4 weeks until Chases first show and he currently hasnít been ridden in 2 weeks.

The arena is underwater and since its grass it gets slippery.

He is covered in rain rot which iíve been attempting to get a hand on but is hard when it rains every. single. day.

I just donít know what to do as i see no end to this gross weather! Any ideas?

Holy crap! I had no idea the northern part of the state was getting this much rain! We've seen rain about once a week from pop up showers that dump a good rain, then move on/fall apart, but the daily rain and flooding stopped here in June I think.

Hopefully the rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future will move on down this way - we're getting a little crunchy now. I'd like to see a bit more rain to keep the grass going until the first frost.

I've not had rain rot to contend with this summer. Thankfully. I think Supes may be afflicted not with rain rot but a black fly problem, either way, same result - loss of hair, itching, flaky skin, misery. I HAVE had every horse we own battling ring worm. Every single one of them has at least two spots.

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post #9 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 12:42 PM
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Join the club. We're trying to cut hay and it's rained every 2 days for months. Right now, it looks like we'll lose the whole cutting yet again this year because it's going to be too stemmy and mature to make decent hay if we don't get it cut and baled this week, but what was supposed to be a dry week has turned into thunderstorm chances daily and 2" of rain last night yet again.

On the plus side, the constant rain means that four horses out on 4 acres have had all the grass they need and we haven't had to feed them hay since April even when they aren't out on the big pastures yet because we were hoping to bale them again.

Thankfully no rain rot here. The horses dry out in between. I've only ever had to contend with it once, and that was an auction horse who came to me unhealthy and unthrifty. Once we got his nutrition figured out, the problem went away and no matter how wet the weather, it never returned.
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 12:53 PM
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@4horses , I hear you on the mold. Generally I prefer leather reins too (the ones with the "perfect" weight and feel ) but got tired of cleaning the mold off. Got some heavy beta ones and have to say, I love them as much as my favorite leather reins, if not even more so!
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