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post #31 of 37 Old 01-24-2012, 10:28 AM
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it all depends on the feeding and nutrition they are given. i know i was giving my arabian a bunch of supplements and skin treatments to get rid of his rain rot that was minimal ,as per vet and it didnt help . but then asked here and cherie told me about vitamin a and in a week it was making improvements and i didn't have to scrub or brush like before.
agree with cherie on this one fully!!!
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post #32 of 37 Old 01-24-2012, 12:02 PM
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Rain Rot happens with an immune system deficiency mainly brought on by the lack of Vitamin A. It is an 'indirect' result of the deficiency.

So -- pasture horses challenge their immune systems MUCH more than stalled horses in that their skin is exposed to the elements and the bacteria and fungi that cause rain rot are normal inhabitants of soil. Bottom line is that pastured horses probably have 100X more exposure to the environmental causes and challenge their inadequate immune system much more.

I have seen much more of it in horses kept outside, but there are many stalled horses that get it. Of course, there is no way to tell if they get their exposure in their stalls (doubtful) or during turn-out. They just usually do not stand around soaked to the skin like pastured horses do. Even if they are turned out to roll and play, their skin is much more likely to stay dry and the dirt and soil is much less likely to come in contact with the horse's dry skin.
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post #33 of 37 Old 01-24-2012, 12:10 PM
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@ Trinity

The link seems to go to a dead page on the valley vet site. Any chance you could post the product name? We have a new rescue who could definitwely benefit from this and we would like to try it, but with the link dead, no way to track it down without the name of the product. Thank you.

"This is the stuff...Its cheap and goes a long way. You just squirt it over the horses feed. I give about 5 ccs to an average size horse at least once a month this time of the year (Usually November to March for my area) if they are not eating a fortified feed for prevention. For treatment of active infections, its 5 cc once a week for up to a month or so.
http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...ae5&ccd=iop002"
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post #34 of 37 Old 01-24-2012, 11:09 PM
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Vitamin AD Agri-labs (Farm Supplies - Cattle Health - Injectable Vitamins)

Any livestock supply website will sell injectable vitamins. For one horse, find the smaller 100 ml bottle. You can also pick them up at any veterinary supply store. It will be out on the shelf with the cattle stuff. Don't forget the syringes and needles. It is very thick and oily so buy the bigger needles 16 or 18 ga.
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post #35 of 37 Old 01-25-2012, 02:08 AM
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Since it is given orally to the horse instead of injected into his body thus making the need for tons of care in how it is dispensed quite low.....just poke a good enough sized hole in the rubber stopper that you can fit the plastic end of a naked syringe into minus any needle. Its much faster since its alot bigger opening.

Sorry about the link! Thanks LHP for the alternative :)

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post #36 of 37 Old 01-25-2012, 03:06 AM
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Lots of stuff to learn here! Somebody mentioned Farnam Mare supplement. I was thinking about mentioning a product they used to carry on a 8 month old rescue I had with bad rain rot. I was told to try "Show Colt" or "Grow Colt" by Farnam. We could not wash him in sub zero so we did some iodine dabbing on his sores and supplimented with the Farnam product and pure Lysine on his oats. The rain rot took care of itself and he shed out in spring absolutely shiney and healthy after that. We have used kelp as suppliment for older rescues too, we just don't feed it to pregnant mares, or babies due to iodine content.
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post #37 of 37 Old 01-25-2012, 03:26 AM
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Thanks op for posting this question and Cherie, Trinity your information was invaluable!!
My old horse suffered rr terribly during the winter for two years as he went downhill and I tried everything! Excellent diet, supplements, you name it. AND ALL SUPERVIZED BY VET!
My two new geldings are in good condition but two weeks ago developed goopy eyes. My mare who is in PERFECT condition and was pastured all summer on our excellent river bottom isn't showing signs so I know/think its due to the others previous poor diets.
Getting vitamin a tomorrow!!! Thanks so much!
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