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Post  Paintedlady on Tue May 12, 2009 6:07 pm

I have a 13yr old Arab gelding. Last summer he stared to develop little fingernail sized scabby patches, under his chin, across his arms, around his sheath. I apllied a solution, and it seemed to keep them at bay. Then they were pretty much gone. But over this winter, once I combed out his winter coat I find large patches in many areas. Never weeping, seldom with blood on the scab, but all the hair falls out and there are large yellowy flakes. It is worst onhis belly, forhead, and inhis mane? What is it from? What can I do about it? Why did it get so bad? He didn't have any more than the tiniest little spots like bug bights when I bought him a year ago.
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Post  myhillbilly on Tue May 12, 2009 7:34 pm

There's a good chance it could be "rain rot". Have your vet check him out. Rain rot spreads. Dont use his brushes, pads, or blankets on any of the other horses until you have him checked out.
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Post  Paintedlady on Tue May 12, 2009 10:17 pm

The Vet had said that, when it was just in the base of his mane. She didn't seem concerned or mention that I should be. What ccan be done for it?
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Post  FehrGroundRanch on Tue May 12, 2009 11:28 pm

I would say that it is rain rot/rain scald as well. Does this horse have a longer coat than the rest of the horses?

Rain Rot is caused by a fungas called Dermatophilus congolensis. Rain rot is needs oxygen to strive so DO NOT blanket your horse if you think he has rain rot.

To get rid of it my vet says to wash them down with iodine soap and get the scabs nice and wet so they peel off easily. After that you make a mixture of lime, sulphur and water. One part line, One part Sulphur and eight parts water. Apply this daily for at least 5 days, I usually do it for a week!

Hope this helps!
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Post  myhillbilly on Wed May 13, 2009 6:45 pm

Do an iodine scrub. Make sure that the cloth is clean, and unfortunatly you will have to scrub and scratch the patches. Try not to get much on unaffected areas as the iodine is a little harsh at drying out the "good" skin! Your horse might get a little peeved cause it does hurt a bit when your scratching the scabs (GOD I HATE THAT WORD-YUCK!!!!) off. Try to do it at least 1-2X a day for 5-7 days. You should notice a difference. If it doesnt go away, call out your vet! I havent heard of the "concoction" that FehrGroundsRanch has suggested, but do it! People have the greatest ideas that work!
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Post  Paintedlady on Fri May 15, 2009 7:11 pm

I talked to another vet and he said most likely ringworm fungus! How on earth do I get rid of that?
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Post  Falina on Sat May 16, 2009 10:21 pm

You can buy a product from your vet or maybe even the tack/feed shop that will take care of ringworm. When you go to buy it talk to the person at the counter. He should be able to tell you if it is in fact ringworm. Maybe take a picture to show.

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Post  In Alberta on Sun May 17, 2009 9:44 am

I use crest toothpaste to get rid of ringworm. Cheap and does the job. Apply it a few times a day for a week or so. Make sure you trim the hairs around the mark as hair will cause it to tspread.

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Post  Paintedlady on Sun May 17, 2009 11:38 am

Right, thanks everyone, very helpful!
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Post  Kari on Sun May 17, 2009 12:50 pm

Crest does work well with ringworm! i have used it myself.
How about Louse??...They are VERY Bad this year! almost everyone i have talked to has had trouble with louse this year. Some horses look like they actually have "Mange" ...Nothing that Dri-Kill wont cure. once it gets warm enough to bath outside...The vet told me that Dog Shampoo works very well for Scabby/Sluffy Skin and hair coming off (rainrot, louse) and not harmful to the horse at all. You will have to bath more than once, but it does work.
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