By Sarah Banks
Rain rot is a common skin infection in horses and is often mistaken as a fungal when it is really bacterial, and is caused by the organism called dermatophilus congolensis. This most often occurs in humid, damp areas with high temperatures, such as Georgia and Florida. Not all horses that pick up this organism are affected with rain rot, but they can still spread it as they are carriers. It spreads by horses sharing brushes and other grooming tools, saddle pads, halters, blankets, leg wraps, etc.
What does it look like?
Rain rot can look like scabs on a horse’s skin, or like small tufts of hair matted together. It will feel like little lumps if you run your hand over their coat. The little scabs will usually come off easily and will leave bare skin underneath. Be sure to wash your hands and throw away the scabs if you do pick them off, as the scabs can be contagious for months.
How can you prevent it?
You can prevent rain rot by making sure to only use one set of brushes, tack, and equipment for each horse, or by making sure to clean the brushes, tack, and equipment with antibacterial solution before using on another horse. Make sure to also wash your hands when you are touching a horse with rain rot. Also, keeping your horse in on rainy days may also help as rain rot spreads more easily in wet conditions.
Rain rot treatment
There are several good anti-bacterial shampoos and solutions for rain rot that you can use, including the product Resolve. With Resolve, you saturate the area that is affected once a day until the rain rot is resolved. This product can also help prevent it from reoccurring if you apply it in the areas that the horse usually gets rain rot in whenever there is lots of rain and high humidity.
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