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post #1 of 37 Old 01-11-2012, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Horrible rainrot

Recently took in a rescue gelding, a paint in his late 20's.....He was skinny beyond belief and had a horrible case of rain rot.

It has been about a month now and he is slowly but surly filling in and I expect by spring he will be at his correct weight.

And then we have the rain rot. Have been spraying him with a topical spray per the vets instructions for the whole time and no change. I have been picking scabs like mad and its getting sort of discouraging as there is no chance, any readies that anyone can recommend? Getting sick of paying $30 for sprays that do not work.....

Can not do baths right now as our days average 20 degrees and even colder at night....or can I?

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post #2 of 37 Old 01-11-2012, 12:42 PM
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There are volumes of posts on rain rot. 'tis the season. The bottom line is because his nutritional needs have been lacking, he has depleated his stored Vitamin A and one of the side effects is it manifests itself with poor skin. The cheapest and fastest way to deal with it is to get some Vit A into him. In all my years, I've only had one vet tell me to add it to the diet and to date that advice, he said to add Clovite. Why aren't rescues aware of this as a treatment as well? Every horse that comes in the doors should be given a dose as part of their initial evaluation. Right up there with deworming. Even better because it can't harm a debilitated horse the way deworming can. The liquid is the cheapest, fastest way to get it into him. Give him a 3 ml dose and follow it up with another dose in another week and you will see results by the end of the 2nd week. Don't pick the scabs. That can be painful.
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post #3 of 37 Old 01-11-2012, 06:08 PM
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My yearling broke out in a horrible case of rain rot. Nothing was clearing it up, I used Cowboy Magic spray/shampoo for it, Eqyss medicated shampoos, and sprays, Iodine, and dish soap, anything and everything I could find, and it was honestly just getting worse!

Cherie, a member on this forum told me about Vitamin A, and how that would probably help. I was kind of biased to be honest, because he is perfectly healthy. But I ended up giving in and buying some, literally 3-4 days after I gave him some Vit A, the scabs were falling off by themselves! He now thinks it itches for me to rub him in those areas, where before he was flinching with pain! I highly suggest small amounts of Vit A! It really did wonders for my little guy! Good Luck!
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post #4 of 37 Old 01-11-2012, 11:05 PM
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When we first got our pony he was also riddled in rain rot. I started just washed him in medicated shampoo 3 - 4 times a week, and it barely made any difference. Then i clipped off his winter coat and it was gone in a few days... literary. I also supplied him with a mineral block which he had never had in his entire life which i think had a big difference too. Its probably pretty chilly where you are though so clipping may not be your option.

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post #5 of 37 Old 01-12-2012, 02:07 AM
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You could give penicillin shots
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I use Listerine. The old dirty orange colored kind. It's really cheap, easy to use and works fast. Just loosen the scabs, pour on, and let dry. I use it straight from the bottle. I usually just treat once and it's gone.


I would not recommend giving penicillin or any antibiotics unless you get a culture with antibiotic sensitivity done in order to make sure you are giving something that will actually kill the bug in question. If the wrong antibiotic is used it leads to resistance in bacteria which is becoming a big problem. I work in my states veterinary diagnostic lab and see it all the time.
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post #7 of 37 Old 01-12-2012, 03:32 PM
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Listerine works, the orange colored one also you can use MTG its a sulfer treatment that is oil based, it also helps re grow the hair. It can also be used on the mane and tail to make it grow longer.
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Wouldn't Listerine burn from the alcohol in it?
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post #9 of 37 Old 01-12-2012, 08:09 PM
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We had rain rot once here. We used a combination of tea tree oil, mineral oil and iodine. It work wonderfully.

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post #10 of 37 Old 01-14-2012, 03:50 AM
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Wash him with Nizoral shampoo - dilute in hand hot water and work well into the coat - in winter you can put it into a pump spray bottle and spray on and work in and then leave to dry.

You can buy it from a pharmacy. It's been the mose succesful stuff I've ever used for rain rot/scald and mudfever.
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