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  • Rain Rot

    Is there a way to treat rain rot when one does not have access to hot water and a barn? Is there something I can treat it with that can be left on? The afflicted area is the rump, and said horse lives outside 24/7 with run-ins, no barn. Temps are in the teens, and I just cannot justify soaking him in these temps. Any tips?

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    I was faced with rain rot with two of the horses here on my property. I used many traditional methods. I finally settled on putting betadine and generic listerine in a spray bottle. I use a large round metal curry comb to brush the horse down first to remove as many of the crusties first. I spray with the 50/50 spray solution. I then recurry to spread the solution through the hair to the skin. I used this 3 maybe 4 times on both horses and poof, it's gone.

    I would not use the curry on horses that are sensitive to the point of pain. My horses are pretty much immune to pain. I do have one that hates a harsh brush of any kind. These two, not at all. My gelding loves his metal curry. Mare, not at all.

    Worked wonders for me. I keep the solution inside so it is warm. I only spray the areas that need it. I spray earlier in the day so it dries before night time.

    Good Luck
    Life is too short to argue with a mare! Just don't engage! It is much easier that way!

    Have fun, be safe, and let the mare think it is her idea!

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    • #3
      I've used Well-Horse on both rain rot and ring worm and it was fantastic on both. It can be used on other things but those are the two that I have actual experience with. I was also amazed at how quickly it worked as well.... a huge difference within hours.

      Good luck!
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      • #4
        Equiderma - you do not need to bathe the horse, no scab picking, just put it on every other day, and it should be cleared up by the second application (at least it does for my horses).

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        • #5
          Muck-Itch. You'll never need anything else. Spray it on everyday for 5-7 days. Scabs will wipe off and the tea tree oil heals the skin. It is worth ever penny.
          RIP Spider Murphy 4/20/02 - 10/31/10

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          • #6
            MTG. I've been really happy with the results.

            Edited to add: I have heard of using athlete's food powder, if you don't want to wet the skin, but I haven't used it.
            -Jessica

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            • #7
              MTG works but be careful, some horses are sensitive. My horse had a horrible reaction to it, massive swelling where the MTG was applied. His cannons all the way down to the hoof was swollen as big around as his knee. Had a bit of a reaction to Microtek too (I checked, none of the same ingredients). I just scrub with soap and water, betadine if its bad.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SkipChange View Post
                MTG works but be careful, some horses are sensitive. My horse had a horrible reaction to it, massive swelling where the MTG was applied. His cannons all the way down to the hoof was swollen as big around as his knee. Had a bit of a reaction to Microtek too
                I had the same problems with both of those products on two of my horses, and no bad reactions to the Equiderma.
                There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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                  Thanks for all the tips!

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                  • #10
                    The problem with MTG in these temps is it WILL have to be rinsed at some point because it is so oily it separates the hair and the horse can get very cold (just learned this the hard way).

                    Krudbuster by Cowboy Magic is one that's good. Just spray on and rub in. No need to rinse off or anything. It's water based so it dries.

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                    • #11
                      Gold Bond Powder

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                      • #12
                        Betadine scrub and then Desitin - the baby rash cream. Works wonders.

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                        • #13
                          It really depends on what is causing the infection - it could be bacterial, fungal, or even viral - or a combination of the three. There are also some opportunistic yeast that could prevent bacterial infections from healing. So, you might have to rotate through some products to see what works.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SkipChange View Post
                            MTG works but be careful, some horses are sensitive. My horse had a horrible reaction to it, massive swelling where the MTG was applied. His cannons all the way down to the hoof was swollen as big around as his knee. Had a bit of a reaction to Microtek too (I checked, none of the same ingredients). I just scrub with soap and water, betadine if its bad.
                            MTG is nasty in the winter! I thought the Baskir Curly 9 month old I was given for Christmas last year had rain rot and just gunk! I covered him in MTG which was DISGUSTING and didn't do anything because it was too cold. I had him tested and he had RING WORM! Even nastier!!! So I had to lime sulfer dip him in dead winter- POOR GUY!

                            ANYWAYS- Use desitin!!! Diaper rash ointment works WONDERS on rain rot!!! I had a client use it last summer and now she does every time her horse has a small outbreak... Looks funny and sticks, but works amazing!!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LoLo83 View Post
                              ANYWAYS- Use desitin!!! Diaper rash ointment works WONDERS on rain rot!!! I had a client use it last summer and now she does every time her horse has a small outbreak... Looks funny and sticks, but works amazing!!!
                              Sure Desitin works but the OP is wanting to know what to use in winter time. The same thing that MTG does is what the Desitin is going to do which is to keep the hair moist and separated and let cold air to the skin. I wouldn't be using any sort of ointment for rainrot on the horse in the winter time unless you are prepared to be scrubbing it off. And Desitin is a heck of a lot harder to get off than MTG (Ivory dishwashing liquid works great for Desitin).

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                              • #16
                                I agree with the Gold Bond powder. It's probably the best choice for treating rainrot in freezing temps.

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                                • #17
                                  Mix some Nolvasan solution with water and put in sprayer. Spray horses rump and rub in with a dry towel.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                                    Mix some Nolvasan solution with water and put in sprayer. Spray horses rump and rub in with a dry towel.
                                    I did that with this last case I had. I used it after you mentioned it in a thread I posted in the spring about a case of rainrot I had on a horse's forehead. Cleared it right up. But this last case it didn't touch. MTG cleared it right up, but I had to wait for weather to break to get the crap washed off of him.

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