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Rain Rot Symptoms

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Determining if a horse is suffering from rain rot is actually a very simple process. The name of the condition is self explanatory, really, so any horse which has spent a lot of time in the rain or moist grounds is susceptible. Depending on which part of the country you live in, that could mean the entire summer with all the rain and humidity or the whole winter due to snow. After any extended time in wet conditions you should spend a little extra time grooming your horse. 

A certain sign of a problem will be any areas that are warm to the touch. If the horse has any “hot spots” be sure to look for other signs of infection. Usually, the hair in these areas will behave differently – meaning that it may be standing straight up or seem to be growing in a different direction than surrounding hair. If you try to use your hand or brush to comb these hot spots, the animal will likely be sensitive and will make make his discomfort known so use caution at all times when handling horses. Within the following 24 – 36 hours you will start seeing scabs where the hot spots were. Scabbing can range from a few specs that look scattered wherever the infection is to large patches of concentrated lesions which are usually deep and painful. 

The sooner rain rot is diagnosed the better as the infection spreads easily and is highly contagious to other animals. If rain rot is left untreated it will last anywhere from one to four weeks – assuming there is no more rain or humidity to S-L-O-W down the healing process. It kills me just thinking about it. If, like us, you want to heal your horse faster, try Muck-itch™ Skin Saver. This natural blend of organic essential oils will cure rain rot in days! Typically, you will see improvement within 24 hours of application. A 32 oz bottle should be enough to treat one horse suffering from rain rot. Once you see the effectiveness of this product you will undoubtedly want to spray it all over the stables and even tack rooms!


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