Horse Rain Scald - Prevention and Cure

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What is Rain Scald?

Rain Scald or Rain Rot is a disease caused by Dermatophilus Congolensis. It’s the same bacteria that causes more common mud fever.  High moisture and hot temperatures as well as insects and biting flies spread the disease.

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How To Prevent Rainscald?

Tick and insect control play an important part in stopping the spread of rain scald. Keeping your horse dry with good ventilation out of rain will also stop the bacteria from growing. It may be necessary to remove effected horses to prevent the spread.
 

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How To Treat Existing Rain Scald?

Gently groom and remove any loose hair. Wash effected parts daily for five days with a gentle antifungal shampoo, Betadine shampoo works very well.  Apply an antifungal cream to soften any scabs and help the new hair to grow though. In severe cases penicillin may be needed to kill the bacteria.

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Rugging or Not Rugging?

Using a mesh rug is the most practical method in dealing with this problem. In heavy rainfall areas a rainsheet or rainsheet hybrid may be needed to keep the horse dry. Where shelter is available a soft mesh or light weight cotton may be suitable. Not only will these keep your horse cool, keep insects and flies away but shield the horse from strong UV sunlight.

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Importance of Hygiene?

As the rain scald is caused by a bacteria it is very important to disinfect all rugs, brushes, and gear to fully rid your horse of this infection. Remember prevention is cheaper than cure.

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Love My Horse Rugs

600 Denier rainsheet mesh hybrid
Love My Horse exclusive design to treat and prevent rainscald.
It has a light weight strong 600D waterproof rainsheet on the top over the neck, back and loins. The sides are a 500gsm PVC mesh allowing plenty of airflow under the rug and around the horse to help cool and dry any moisture. The chest, mane and back are fully lined with hypo-allergenic poly cotton to help prevent the growth of bacteria.
 
Soft Mesh Combo’s or Rug and Hood sets are also great for UV resistance, insect control, and keeping your horse comfortable for prevention or treating the infection and the healing process.
 
Love My Horse Rugs have been hand designed with fit and comfort top priority. I have altered the traditional neck line to provide the best fitting neck. Together with additional chest length and longer buckle tabs make these rugs fit all horse breeds of  horses and all sizes.
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Any questions please contact Kerry on 0429372383 

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