Usefull Home Remedies For Rain Rot In Horse

Keep Dry
Improve drainage in and around your horse pastures. Rain rot bacteria thrive in damp conditions. Sunlight and dry weather will reduce the dermatophilus congolensis bacteria that causes rain rot. During periods of prolonged rainfall, horses prone to rain rot should be kept indoors. If that is not practical, avoid pasturing in muddy areas.

Clip Hair
Keep your horse’s hair clipped to allow the skin to dry. This is most important for horses with long, thick hair, but all horses can benefit from a trim during wet weather. The hair tends to hold moisture close to the skin, creating conditions favored by rain rot bacteria. Disinfect your clipper and tools after grooming. Rain rot bacteria can live on these surfaces and reinfect your horse or spread to others.

Avoid Ointments
Do not use ointments on rain rot unless your veterinarian advises you to do so. Ointments, like wet hair, tend to hold moisture and prevent the skin from drying. Wash the affected areas with a mild antibacterial solution such as Betadine or Nolvasan, and allow the area to air dry. Continue to wash the affected areas for at least one week after symptoms subside. Some horse owners use one part Listerine to one part water.

Remove Scabs
Scab removal can be painful, but it is necessary because infection can grow under the scabs. Wash the affected areas with a mild antibacterial solution. As the scabs soften, very gently pick off the scabs. Use caution here; this is not something your horse is going to love. Start slowly and discontinue your efforts if your horse reacts strongly.

Stall Hygiene
Proper stall hygiene is essential for horses suffering from rain rot. This is a contagious condition and will spread to other horses, so it is necessary to muck out stalls every day and keep grooming tools clean and disinfected. Remove wet or soiled bedding as quickly as possible and compost it properly. Install wall-mounted water buckets or other spill-proof watering systems. Good stall hygiene also keeps biting insect populations to a minimum.



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