Well my girl has certainly given me a lesson in horse health. I have never owned a horse who has such sensitive skin.
I am nearly over a case of rain scald. I have never seen it before, so my poor girl suffered longer than she should have. I have to in good faith put my hand up, and say I wasn't listening to her when she was telling me something was wrong.
Even in pain, before I realized what was going on, she still tried to do all I asked under saddle. I absolutely love this horse.
So first thing I did was head to the internet to find a treatment and what the causes are. I found a blog where the person was using a 50/50 mix of Listerine mouth wash and water. Makes sense, antibacterial and anti-fungal. I alternated that with washing her every second day with a medicated shampoo, for the first couple of days, then I changed to yellow lotion.
We are in week 2 of treatment, and I am very happy to say that it's 80% cleared up. I also come across a blog where the person said that lack of grass can cause it.
I sat down and thought about what I had changed from last year to now. Light bulb moment, I had taken her off of Lucerne, as we had had lots of rain and I was walking her out to graze. Where I live, we don't have paddocks, the horses are stabled, and being the desert, there's not a lot of grass. She has been back on Lucerne for 1 week, and the healing process has sped up considerably.
When doing the research, I read how poor diet is generally to blame, but not always. I also learned that if your horse suffers with greasy heel, they are more likely to come down with rain scald, and I'm hoping this is the end of her skin problems. I have been told to rug in summer so the bugs can't bite, but she generates a lot of static electricity, and who enjoys being zapped every time you take your rug off.
As we hadn't had any rain, that definitely didn't cause it. I was hosing her off after work, as the temperature here is regularly in the high 30's, low 40's Celsius, and I was allowing her to go and roll to get the excess water off. I now know that I need to scrap the excess off.
I am grateful for sites like this that allow us as caring owners to share advice and learn from each other. It makes life so much easier.
Ride in unison, heart to heart, soul to soul.
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