horse rugs and rain rot17 Replies
I decided to rug one of my horses a few weeks ago, as he had been ill and they all live out year round. I checked under his rug (a waterproof one) every couple of days to make sure he was not too hot etc. I was shocked to find one morning, that his quarters and loins had crops of scaly white scabs dotted all over. I took off the rug and gave him a good brush out whereby the scabs came off with clumps of hair. I was horrified, having never had this sort of problem with any of my horses before. I took a sample of the scabby tufts along to the vet who confirmed my suspicions, not parasites or fungus but rain rot. He advised me to carry on the treatment I'd already started - iodine applied to the scabby areas to prevent any infection setting in, and no more rug. He said that this year quite a few rugged horses have got it because of all the dampness getting in. Now it's unsightly bald patches until his summer coat starts to grow. Anyone else ever had this problem?