Rain Rash?

Really, Flurry?  I bring you to Provence for the dry climate and you develop rain rash?


To be honest, I’m not sure if it’s rain rash or just lots of clumpy mud right down at skin level.  Flurry’s such a mud-hound that it’s possible he’s ground the mud in skin deep.  It didn’t seem sore when I picked and poked at it, but scrubbing with the metal curry comb didn’t shift it.  In the end, I resorted to washing the suspect area – all along the spine over the loins – with water and tea tree oil.


Next day I gave it a spray with Silvetrasol, which is supposed to kill all fungi and bacteria on skin as well as on hooves.  He’s going to start wearing a rug from now on when there’s rain forecast, the same as Aero.

Who is looking a picture, by the way.IMG_2777

Although with all the rain we’ve been having, it’s a struggle to keep on top of their feet.  Their frogs are looking pretty rough again.  Sigh.  Ah well, surely spring is just around the corner?


12 thoughts on “Rain Rash?

  1. Ugh, rain rash/rot–no fun. Glad you dodged that bullet! No spring here in Maine–2 days of snow forecasted. Skiing and riding conditions are excellent! Hope to get in some skijoring this weekend.


  2. Susan is right, CA is dying for rain. I’m not a vet, but if that’s rain rot you’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s not a thing of poor horsekeeping, not at all. I’ve seen two horses living in identical conditions (here in the Carwash State of Washington) and one will develop rain rot and the other not at all. Good luck.


    • Thank goodness…rain rash or rot is nasty nasty nasty. It’s a staph infection, and they don’t respond well. BUT!!!
      After I wrote the first (a little while ago) I remembered something my farrier taught me: “The 3 S’s-a potion (whatever) only works on horses if it has at least two of the three S’s…it must sting, stink, or stain.”
      At the time, I had a horrible case of athlete’s foot that would NOT respond to the piss ant creams (at 20 bucks a tube and needing six to eight months to curb the athlete’s foot.) He told me to use Absorbine, JR. Jr is for humans, straight up Absorbine is for horses. It WORKS. I doused my athlete’s foot foot with absorbine Jr and STING? Oh my gosh, did it sting, and stink…(although I like the smell of it.) But it worked RIGHT NOW. Within two or three days my athlete’s foot stopped spreading. I kept dosing it with Absorbine, Jr. for about ten more days (like you’d do with an antibiotic) and it didn’t come back. Now I douse my feet with alcohol when I get out of the shower and so far (knock wood) haven’t had a case of A. foot since.
      Try absorbine on his back. If it’s rain rash, it will kill it, if it isn’t…well, I don’t think it will do anything but make his back feel nice and warm for a while. Don’t get it into yours or his eyes, though.


  3. Probiotics are excellent for thrush. Clean hooves once per day, spray on probiotics and voilà =) We saw a huge difference within a week. UK peeps also recommend ‘field paste’ although I believe it’s made with french clay, maybe you could make it yourself!


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