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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Rain Rot

Hi, I have been noticing like an outbreak of scabs all over my filly's rump, back and now on her chest area. I've been picking them off, thinking just dry skin or bug bites...but she's got so many!! I had a friend stop by today and she thinks it's rain rot. It is now fall in our area and I don't know what to do to treat this and get rid of it. I hate to give her daily bath treatments as it doesn't get warmer than the 50's during the day and night temps get down to the mid to low 30's. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much!

Where are you from? Shinglehouse, PA

How did you locate this forum? search engine

Re: Rain Rot

Hi Brooke,

I would use an antimicrobial shampoo and once dry, apply MTG to help kill the microorganism responsible for rain rot. Since it can live on blankets and tack, be sure to wash everything using a dilute bleach solution (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water).

There is a wealth of information on rain rot on the internet, so rather than go through all the precautions, you can do some research on your own. However, I highly recommend Shapley's MTG to help with this condition.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO