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Depending on where you live, the rain has been relentless lately. Your horse may be at risk for rain rot, which is a bacterial skin disease that causes crusty scabs. The treatment can get expensive with store-bought products. Luckily, there are a few home remedies you can try first!

Treating Rain Rot

First, try to prevent further spread of this bacterial condition. If it’s raining a lot, consider bringing your horse in or using a rain sheet. Moisture and muddy conditions can trigger rain rot. Furthermore, it’s highly contagious to other horses. Make sure to use separate brushes.

  • You can start by washing your horse with an antibacterial dish soap.
  • Use a spray that’s equal parts baby oil and Listerine. Some use Listerine directly, though it’s harsh on the skin.
  • Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and has anti-fungal properties.
  • Good for rain rot, scratches and other skin infections, coconut oil heals the skin and acts as a waterproof barrier.
  • Try this homemade recipe with baby oil, 3% USP hydrogen peroxide, and iodine.

If none of these work, there are plenty of products designed to specifically treat rain rot. Banixx is a great option that can be found at many local farm stores.