Preventing and Treating Rain Scald

Rain scald, sometimes known as rain rot or mud fever, is a bacterial skin infection that causes sores and scabbing along a horse?s body, usually concentrated on the back, rump and legs.? Most commonly found in areas of high temperatures and high humidity, the infection is a relatively minor problem, provided that it receives treatment.? If you suspect that your horse has rain scald, you will need to deal with the problem appropriately to keep it from spreading to other horses and to stop the spread on your own horse.

To treat rain scald, get a bucket of very warm water and a few rags.? You?ll want to give your horse a good brushing, pulling off the loose scabs as best you can.? For the more stubborn ones, take a water soaked rag and moisten the scab, gently working it until it comes off.? Be aware that although the scabs are really only itchy to your horse, this process can be quite uncomfortable.? Go slowly and watch your horse for threatening signs.? Once the scab is removed, wash the infected area with a clean rag and dry thoroughly.? You?ll need to do this with all the scabs on the horse?s body ? if you leave some, the bacteria will again spread and you?ll find yourself in the same situation all over again.

Allow your horse to dry in an area with good ventilation and where he won?t roll in the mud.? Some of the sores may have some discharge ? this is common for this type of infection.? You?ll need to repeat the process of washing the infected areas until the skin is healing and the wounds are no longer draining.

To prevent the infection from spreading, be sure to disinfect all brushes, rags, blankets, and anything else that has had contact with your horse?s skin.? Additionally, although your horse shouldn?t be in too much discomfort, avoid using any equipment that will rub on the sores.

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1 Response

  1. Amber says:

    Just wondering if this problem is accompanied by a funny odour? Also do early signs show tiny tuffs of hair coming out (mainly around the mane).

    Thank you.

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