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Fantastic Recipe for Rain Scald/ Rain Rot treatment!

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Im not to sure if this is in the right area, but this is the best treatment for rain scald/ rain rot that I have ever used and I have to share it with everyone! But first a little background Information...

I live in tropical North Queensland, Australia, so we see a pretty decent wet season. During this wet season my now 13 year old Thoroughbred would suffer terrible rain scald/ rain rot. His face and beautiful bum would go bald and he would be covered in ugly scabs. We tried to rug him, but because of our humid temperatures it usually made matters worse and irritated him. We also tried to stable him, but being stabled for most of the day made him terribly depressed. I needed a solution for his rain scald/ rain rot that would not hinder him. So I hopped on the net and did some research and I found a recipe for a spray that worked wonders!

Ok so here is is; mix 50 part water and 50 parts Listerine mouthwash (yup mouth wash) into a spray bottle. Spray of the affected areas 3 times a day. It works best if you bush the horse first or remove any loose scabs. This is the best treatment for rain scald that I have EVER used. And I tried everything from rugs, to ointments to stabling him. This works wonders. I saw results in 3 days. He had grown back his beautiful coat and it had its beautiful shine. I now spray him with it every now and then just for safe measures and to get a lovely shine out of him.

How it works. Listerine kills the bacteria in the horses coat that causes rain scald/ rain rot. Just like it kills the bacteria inside our mouths. It is perfectly safe and my horse has had no irritation from it at all, because the 50 parts water weakens it just enough not to irritate, but still keep the bacteria fighting effective!

This is a really effective spray and I highly recommend that every grooming box has one. Not only does it keep your horse rain scald. rain rot free and give him a healthy shine, but it also keeps him smelling minty fresh ;)
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I'm so going to use this! lol my tb has always had rain scald on his pretty head, and I've had him nearly 18 months. He'll have to get used to spray bottles though, he's not so keen on them yet
 
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Thanks for this post! I noticed that my paint had some peculiar bumps on his hindquarters and flanks. The skin was powdery and dry and would come off in decent sized flakes.

I only get to see him twice a week, though, at least until the summer starts. How often do you think I should apply it if I can't see him three times each day? Also, he lives in a pasture and loves to roll. Will that have any difference on how well the Listerine mixture works?
 

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Also, there is not rain rot where his saddle goes, but just in case, is it okay if I still ride him? I live in South Carolina and it can get very hot and humid here, so is it okay for him to get really sweaty when he has rain rot?
 

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Hollybubbles; If he is iffy with a bottle you could sponge it on, still works great :D My boy doesn't like spray bottles near his ears so i sponge it on there :)

LovesMyDunnBoy; I might have to add that mixture to my grooming box and give it a try! Thank you :D

Ripplewind; Is there anyone that you could get to apply it for you? If not just give him a good spray when you can, but give him a good brush beforehand over the area so that the spray an get right in there and work, maybe walk him around or hand graze him until it soaks in, then give it a final quick spray. Even if you can only spray him a few times a week, it will still work, just not as quickly. Also being in a pasture and rolling wont affect the treatment, this is exactly what my boy does :p
 

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Ripplewind; Im sorry, I didn't see your second reply! I had trouble with rugging my horse because it still gets really humid and muggy up hear when it rains and the rug created a bacteria loving environment. YUCK! So I would say if you are going to ride him then a really really really good bath and air-ration would be beneficial after your ride. Basically what you're aiming to do is create an environment on your horse where bacteria can't grow, and the two main factors for bacterial growth are moister and humidity! Its still safe to use when you ride him, but if he is sweating heavily give him a good wash and make sure he is dry when you apply the mixture so that it will soak into his skin better :)
 

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Thank you! I am going to try this on Rosie too :) Hope it will help her, as she lives in a pasture with 6-12 other horses, does NOT want to be stabled, wears no rug (climate and thick winter coat) it's not really easy to use all the 'common' tips you get for treating rain rot. I'm not tot keen on using (too much) antibiotics on her as well.
Still need to work on the fear of spray bottle though... Going to start on that now, so we can use it when needed without to much stress. ;)
Thanx again!
 

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Thank you for posting this, just found rainrot on the left side of my gelding neck so perfect timing for this solution. I was actually going to look for a listerine recipe so perfect timing! And yes sounds 50/50 to me. :)
 

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What a great idea! I am definitely going to try this when I next have to deal with rain scald. For those with horses that hate being sprayed - persistence is the key. My mini HATED being sprayed when I first got her to the point she would rear and now she hardly bats an eye. I made sure whenever I handled her I always had a sprayer filled with water and just kept at it slowly until she was used to the noise without being directly sprayed. Then started slowly at her feet and worked my way up from there.
 

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I make up a shampoo that works very well with rain rot that is very similar to what you are using. it is;

1/3 white vinegar
1/3 Listerine
1/3 dish washing detergent

The Dawn, or whatever, is meant to rinse out very easily and the vinegar has a low ph which helps kills fungus and other pathogens and the Listerine does too.

Try it!
 
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