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My 4 yr old QH got rain rot last year - that is now cleared up and hasn't come back. He has had scabs on his legs ever since I bought him last year. I scrubbed his legs off and on all summer (hoping not to dry them out) with betadine - scabs wouldn't go away. I finally got the scabs to go away a couple of weeks ago (early Dec). The skin underneath though is not like normal skin it still seems like its flaky, white dead skin etc. He also has constant dandruff in the winter (I live in WI) and had a patch of skin (size of a tennis ball) flake off - hair stayed but scabs/skin rose to the surface.

I give him soy oil to hydrate his skin but is there something else I should be trying. I have called a vet about this also - they didn't say much just athat he is young. This skin issue has lasted over a year. Is that normal? he is in clean/dry boarding conditions (stays outside). I have also sanitized my brushes so that we don't reinfect him.
 

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Try Shapely's MTG. I prefer to put it in a a good spray bottle, because it's messier to apply from the bottle it comes in. It's greasy, and stinky, but it works great for such issues. For future ref, it also works great to clear up rain rot and various fungi. And of course it promotes hair growth.
 

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That's odd...MTG is the problem solver for just about everyone at my barn. Not sure what else you could try, but MTG should at least keep it moisturized.

Has your vet seen this?
 

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more elbow grease! dont bathe him at all. curry and brush every day. if you are growing out the mane and tail dont brush them every day. but stimulation will get the blood flowing and oxygen into his skin to kill bacteria. just rub rub rub until you think his hair is going to fall off lol. and the best stuff i have ever used for rain rot and dander is Eqyss microtec spray and shampoo. also when ever you bathe dont leave him hangin on conditioner add it all over his body to help restore oils to the skin. that could be the reason you have dander but rainrot is hard to get rid of all of my horses have been prone to getting it. if i bathe i use the Eqyss and scrub the area for a min with my fingers getting as far into the fungus as i can. then spray it with microteck and massage that into the skin to works better if you rub it in really hard. also my horse never goes out in the rain. i keep him dry.
 

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Flax seed is not an instant fix, you feed for three weeks or so before you see results. I have never tried a supplement WITH flax seed. I just feed whole flax. Try it, I have had amazing results for TWENTY years.
 

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Ok I can give it a try just feeding flax. He was on Omega Horseshine for 6 months and I didn't see a difference - I will try just the flax seed.

also his rain rot is gone I'm more concerned about the skin that flakes (not dandruff much larger pieces) off. Not everywhere just in patches.

Yes the vet has seen him, they think its just a reaction to fly wipe or he just has bad skin. either way I won't be using fly wipe this coming summer. Poor horse has thin skin and has quite the reaction to fly bites. I will be trying bug off garlic - hope this works!

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A friend had a problem like that for over 2 years. Finally a vet put her horse on a short course of steroids & it cleared up. Apparently the immune system was working overtime & needed to be quieted down.
 

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Try washing him with Nizoral shampoo - it is great for anything with flakey skin and is my first treatment for mudfever, rain rot or greasy heel. Dilute with hand hot water and work well into the skin. Leave for 20 mins before rinsing off. I tend to leave it on when I'm treating for mudfever etc, but rinse off when just scurfy.

Feeding Copper and zinc as a supplement helps skin health. Ground Flaxseed is great for improving the skins health too. I buy the seeds whole and grind them myself in a coffee grinder.
 

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A word of caution on the Nizoral Shampoo. Heck this a word of caution for ALL horse products.

Check YOURSELF for allergies. I tried the Nizoral shampoo and almost killed myself doing it. It turns out I am highly allergic to it. I was borderline anaphylactic shock when I got to the ER. My airways were closing and my throat and tongue were swelling rapidly. They tubed me in the ambulance, and I got lucky that one of the EMT's was a horse person and recognized the smell of the shampoo to give my ER Doctor a heads up on one possible cause of the reaction. It turns out he was right.

A good friend of mine is severely allergic to MTG. The sulfur in it makes her break out in hives and itch like a mangy dog! When her guys need MTG she calls me. I use that stuff on the dogs, the horse, and I've even used it on the hubby LOL.
 

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A word of caution on the Nizoral Shampoo. Heck this a word of caution for ALL horse products.

Check YOURSELF for allergies. I tried the Nizoral shampoo and almost killed myself doing it. It turns out I am highly allergic to it. I was borderline anaphylactic shock when I got to the ER. My airways were closing and my throat and tongue were swelling rapidly. They tubed me in the ambulance, and I got lucky that one of the EMT's was a horse person and recognized the smell of the shampoo to give my ER Doctor a heads up on one possible cause of the reaction. It turns out he was right.

A good friend of mine is severely allergic to MTG. The sulfur in it makes her break out in hives and itch like a mangy dog! When her guys need MTG she calls me. I use that stuff on the dogs, the horse, and I've even used it on the hubby LOL.
OMG - poor you, what a terrible fright you must have had. I've never heard of a reaction like that before.
 

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On the rare occasions mine get rain rot I always use Listerine (The old original dirty orange kind). I just loosen the scabs , pour it straight on, and let dry. I have never had to treat more than twice.
Old Dirty orange kind ? What? Can you explain this to me? My horse has rainrot and bathing only made the scabs softer so I could pull them off but that's about it.. =/

And I want to try the vitamin A injectable but waiting on my vet for that
 

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Mix the Nizoral with hand hot water in a pump spray bottle and then spray onto the horse and work well in with your hands or a plastic curry comb. With the mix hot it goes well into the coat easily.
 

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It could be bacterial. A lot of "rain rot" is caused by Dermatophilus congolensis. This bacteria responds to penicillin. Topical neosporin can also help. If the problem is caused by Dermatophilus congolensis, the hair will come out in little chunks that have thick dandruff at the base. This one can grow on you as well as your horse.
 
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