Ever find dry skin on your horse and wonder what was causing it? Ever find swelling, looking like bug bites, on your horse and not know how to treat it? Then this article is about equine skin conditions!
Rain rot is a skin infection caused by bacteria build-up on a horse’s skin. The bacteria grows due to wet or damp conditions in the horse’s skin or coat. It can spread from horse to horse, and even from horse to humans by bugs and by direct contact.
The best way to prevent rain rot is to take a thorough analysis of when your horse could be exposed to wet conditions. Does your horse live outside 24/7, or does he come in at night? Does your horse have access to shelter when he goes outside?
Scratches are caused by the same circumstances as rain rot, but near a horse’s feet. A horse constantly standing in wet, damp footing is likely to develop Scratches. These conditions can be found both in indoor and outdoor environments.
If your horse does develop Scratches, there are ways of treating it, though it can be more difficult to treat than rain rot. It can be treated the same way as rain rot; antimicrobial soaps and shampoos for horses.
I hope this article helped you get a glimpse into two of the most common skin conditions that can affect horses; rain rot and scratches. If so, please share this article, and share with us your experiences treating rain rot or scratches!