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Rain Rot med suggestions?

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  • Rain Rot med suggestions?

    Thanks to record setting October rains (read: almost every day), it's not enough that everything is a muddy disgusting quagmire. Apparetly, my horse is just starting rain rot.

    What meds do you like best? Suggestions? There are new ones out on the market, I've never had to use, and the rest of the barn either hasn't needed them either or hasn't had to use them in ages (like, since the 1992 flood).

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  • #2
    Gentle washing (when you can) with warm water and Nolvasan surgical scrub. Let it sit 10-15 minutes and rinse well. Dry completely. Then apply Muck Itch

    I would also do a double dose of Equimax, since RR is often the result of the remaining microfilaria hatching through the skin....consequently, the horse itches, scratches and let's in the bacteria that cause the rain rot.
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


    • #3
      What did the trick for my gelding was betadine 2x a day. Gently work a lather up, and then let it sit for about 5-10 mins, then rinse. I've heard Listerine can work for some folks, but I'd stay away from it if there are any raw/especially tender spots. Eqyss Micro-Tek also makes a great shampoo. I get great results with it if I happen to be out of Betadine. Try to get what scabs off that you can (very gently) without upsetting the patient.. oxygen needs to get in! Some people also swear by Cowboy Magic's Krud Buster. It's nice because it's in a spray form, but I believe it needs to be rinsed.


      • #4
        I do a good scrub with warm water and novalsan scrub, then once they've dried a liberal spray down with listerine. If I can do a "bath" with the nolvasan and its just the beginning of it- a good dousing with Gold Bond Medicated Powder rubbed in with a brush works pretty well too.
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        • #5
          I've had good luck this year with a stirred together combination of Desitin, Neosporin or triple antibiotic and an anti-fungal. Apply it liberally, work it in really good to soften the scabs. By the 2nd day most of the scabs are gone, and so is the rainrot/scratches!


          • #6
            wash with nolvasan, remove scabs, then apply MTG and/or Micro-tek
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            • #7
              Poor Ted!

              I've had good results with Magic Stuff from

              Just e-mail or call Vanessa and ask her to send you some. Magic Stuff is tea tree oil-based, with lavender and other essential oils. It has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. I've used it to alleviate crusties and the beginnings of thrush.

              It smells good, and can be used for other things, too.

              I've also used Muck Itch, but that stuff is nasty.


              • #8
                DGRH, PM me with your address and I'll send you some Hibiclens. Betadine does NOT clear up rain rot - for folks who know how iodophors work, this makes perfect sense.


                • #9
                  MTG!! Tried daily applications of Micro-tek with no results. Shampoo and the leave-in. Two days of MTG and it's gone. Use a metal shedding blade to remove the scabs after the MTG has softened them up. Much much easier than finger picking them.
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                  • #10
                    Agree with the MTG suggestion


                    • #11
                      I've had good luck with using a dandruff shampoo (antifungal) and when dry applying Gold Bond Powder. The powder gets down to the skin and stays there.


                      • #12
                        I've had good results with Equiderma with my skin problem prone mare.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by asb_own_me View Post
                          DGRH, PM me with your address and I'll send you some Hibiclens. Betadine does NOT clear up rain rot - for folks who know how iodophors work, this makes perfect sense.

                          I don't know what an idophor is but Hibiclens works great for me! I shampoo the area with it, and while it is "soaking" I take the scabs off (I use my dog's furminator brush). Rain rot is gone in one treatment.

                          It's caused by an anaerobic bacteria so the key is getting the scabs off. I like using the Hibiclens (or nolvasan) to prevent secondary infection and because I like to think it helps prevent the nasties from coming back for a couple of days at least.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post
                            Gentle washing (when you can) with warm water and Nolvasan surgical scrub. Let it sit 10-15 minutes and rinse well. Dry completely. Then apply Muck Itch
                            This is exactly what we were doing at the barn this AM. Have also used MTG instead of Muck Itch.


                            • #15
                              hibbyscrub then leave to dry then nappy rash cream like zinc and castor oil as it a barrier against moisture dont rug the horse until healed and dont turn out in wet weather until the coat grown back in


                              • #16
                                Chlorhexidine (much cheaper than Nolvasan!)


                                • #17
                                  Wellhorse. Expensive but it works. We had rain rot last spring, tried everything for 3 weeks. Two days of Well Horse spray and it was gone.
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                                  • #18
                                    Cost saving tip, medicated body powder (generic Gold Bond Powder)
                                    is sold at my local Dollar Store for (you guessed it) $1 per can. That
                                    is considerably less than the brand name and even some cheaper
                                    than Walmart's own brand. Given how much you need for a horse,
                                    the cost saving may well be worth the extra stop to purchase.
                                    Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
                                    Elmwood, Wisconsin


                                    • #19
                                      I like Chlorhex for bathing (Head & Shoulders in a pinch), MTG to leave on when it's cloudy (I've had it 'burn' on sunny days), and to leave on when it's sunny, Listerine (sp?). Yes, the mouthwash. That was a Pony Club trick that I really like - works for dandruff too.

                                      Good luck! I've decided that most of my herd is getting at least a partial clip over the weekend. Everyone got wooly when the temps dipped into low 40's upper 30's and now that it's in the mid to upper 80's they're suffering and the rain has made them ripe for rain rot
                                      Y'all ain't right!


                                      • #20
                                        Sponge vinegar over pony. Let dry. Repeat daily. Cheapest and works better than any of the anitfungal powders or creams, betadine, nolvasan, sulfur-containing products, etc. And the smell tends to keep the bugs away.