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post #1 of 7 Old 09-20-2019, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question Betadine

So at my old barn one time my trainer told me to give 5 horses a hose on their legs and then scrub and rub some betadine just on their legs. I did so without asking why. None of those horses have skin conditions so I was wondering why or if there was any reason to that. Also, one time she told me to put betadine on a horse's rain rot on his croup/loins area and scratch at it? What does that do? Thanks!:)
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-20-2019, 09:36 PM
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Betadine is a form of iodine, used in dilution as a antibacterial and antifungal for cleaning superficial wounds and treating minor skin infections. Rain rot would probably be a proper use for it.

Your trainer might have thought it is some kind of liniment for legs, but it isn't used that way that I've ever heard of. Not that I've heard of everything ....
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I might be pulling this out of nowhere, but I think I recall hearing or reading that Iodine was an old time method for tightening the legs. I know Iodine is used in pin firing and blistering stifles.


Or they could have been having you a preemptive cleaning of the legs to make sure nothing started growing.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-21-2019, 11:49 AM
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@ApuetsoT I remember some of the old timers using it as a linament years ago. I don't remember if they mixed it with something or used it by itself but I do remember way back seeing some of the older folks using it.

OP _ I wonder if you trainer has had issues with scratches and is just being proactive in hopes to avoid it...
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Thanks so much everyone for all of your responses! It really did help.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-25-2019, 11:42 AM
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The draft horse guys will sometimes run iodine on the legs after a hard day at work, both to soothe and tighten the leg, and to disinfect any small scratches or dings the horse may have received in the fields or woods working that aren't readily apparent.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-25-2019, 12:02 PM
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I think a lot of people use it as a 'pre-emptive' thing. Horses can get little scratches and cuts and don't appear to have anything wrong, unless they get 'rose gardener's thumb' or Sporotrichosis. Once that's diagnosed, it can be tricky to get rid of, and IV Iodine (sodium iodide) can be given but there can be serious side effects. So, washing legs and rubbing down with Iodine or Betadine is a way to stop the problem before it becomes one.
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