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post #1 of 8 Old 03-13-2019, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Hair growth in rain rot spots

So I left on vacation for a few days, and I came back and my horse had a good bit of rain rot. There were large patches of hair missing on her shoulders and sides and around her ears. She didn’t have it on her sides and shoulders before I left, just a little around her ears that I treated before I left. I’ve now gotten rid of all the rain rot about a week ago, but she still has pretty good sized bald spots, understandably since it’s only been a week. My first show of the season is next weekend, and I was wondering two things.
1. Does anybody know of an inexpensive way to get hair to start growing back in two weeks, and
2. If her bald spots were near the bottom of the saddle pad, where the saddle most likely won’t be touching it just the pad, should she be ok to ride.
I don’t want to ride her if it’s going to rub her raw. This decides whether or not I go to the show. But if she will be fine with short increments of riding that will amount in total to about 2 hours at most, then I’ll go. I barrel race if that makes any difference. She would do one barrel run and one pole run. The rest would be warm up and riding around the site. She has put on more weight since these pictures, and the bald spots are a little bigger. This was before I got the rain rot under control.
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1. Does anybody know of an inexpensive way to get hair to start growing back in two weeks, and
2. If her bald spots were near the bottom of the saddle pad, where the saddle most likely won’t be touching it just the pad, should she be ok to ride.
#1 No. She'll be fine, but it's not going to grow back in 2 weeks. You'll be surprised how quick it does grow back, especially with shedding her winter coat.

#2 She should be ok. If you're not sure or not comfortable riding her, then don't.
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Here are pictures of her bald spots today
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She'll be fine to ride...


Might I suggest if you have not done so already...wash your saddle pads, rinse well and let dry in the air {English pads I hang in the sun to dry}
Make sure the saddle pad is completely dry before you use it again or it can be a place bacteria, mold and irritants can be troublesome when coupled with saddle/girth and riding = moisture and sweat accumulation.

As for getting hair to grow back sooner...don't go crazy using products you've never used before because some can have side effects like blistering on sensitive horses and that would prevent you from riding.
With that said,...
I have used Vitamin E cream found in any pharmacy store or department on rubs from blankets, hair loss and such as a soothing cream to keep the skin supple.
I know it makes me feel better trying to alleviate what looks to be itchy from now dryness and the fine cracking you can sometimes see.

Good luck in your show, smile, enjoy and have lots of fun!!
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As dreamcatcher said she'll be fine but hair growth takes time. Have a mare that had this when I got her used calm coat to help the skin soften and stay medicated. The hair that was missing on her croup came in white but the hair on the tips of her ears never came back so I still apply calm coat to those spots just to keep them soft. I don't mind the white spots on her rump adds character to a bay. Good luck
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You can use Eqyss Mega Tek Rebuilder for keeping the area soft and supple. It encourages hair growth and I've had good results after using their Micro Tek shampoo & Gel &/or spray to get rid of rain rot. I also use Healthy Hair Care spray daily on their coats. I buy the concentrate by the gallon and use it daily on my horses.

https://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Hair-...19690388&psc=1


https://www.statelinetack.com/item/e...5-769074e51ba4
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Thanks! I’ll be sure to wash all my pads.
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-14-2019, 03:16 PM
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Hair growth definitely takes some time, my mare had some rain rot about a month ago & the hair is still growing back. Just gotta wait it out. & I agree, definitely make sure the pads are clean.

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