Four Common Horse Skin Conditions

Horses, like us, suffer from a myriad of physical conditions. Some of the most common are conditions that affect the skin of the horse, and they’re worth keeping an eye out for, especially those wanting to keep their horses as healthy as possible.

  1. Rain Rot

This bacterial infection is frequently found on horses that like to be in the rain or high, dewy grass. It occurs as a scabby bump crust that allows the hair to mat into tufts that are extended. Horses get it down the topline where rain is running down their backs, shoulders, hindquarters, faces, and lower legs. The scabs gradually peel off and leave bare skin spots. To stop this, the best thing you can do is to keep your horse in dry conditions. When you begin to notice the tell tale scabs, purchase a clearly marketed anti-microbial shampoo or disinfectant rinse against rain rot. Treatment is best done once a day, and it’s a good idea to allow the shampoo to mix in, providing a great chance to catch up on the news or play NZ real money online bingo games.

  1. Warts

It is easy to identify these cauliflower-like growths. Typically they are pink in hue and no bigger than peas. They can come in clusters or individually, and are most commonly found on ears, genitals, and lower legs around the muzzle, near the eyes. Warts are usually harmless, and after a few months they disappear. But, if your horse is elderly or has a compromised immune system, it may take up to a year to get back on its own for a stubborn wart. If the warts hinder the willingness of your horse to feed, or is annoyed by clothing, it sometimes won’t heal on its own.

  1. Dandruff

Typically the horse does not mind this minor skin disorder. It is caused by dry or sticky skin flaking off like sand and peeling away like large waxy crusts. Most commonly affects the base of the mane, tail, girth area, and other sites that accumulate sweat. Since dandruff does not induce horse discomfort or itchiness, it is not always a requirement to be treated. But there are a number of simple options if you want the horse to look its best. Dandruff is often inherited, and it is easily managed while there is no way to completely eradicate it. Choose a specially formulated dandruff shampoo for horses and wash it with a soft-bristled comb. Many subsequent washes may be required to see changes.

  1. Ringworm

Ringworm is a fungus which can affect both humans and horses. It is identified with a crusty scab as a round patch of hairless skin. Ringworm’s most popular location is on the head, shoulders, back, arms, or under the saddle. Looking at it isn’t pretty, but ringworm rarely upsets a horse. That does not mean, however, that it should not be treated. It is rapidly spreading and highly contagious.

The best ringworm treatment method is to remove the horse first to prevent the spread of the disease. Clip the hair around the area to reduce the source of food. Dandruff shampoo can be an effective treatment of lesions and invest in an antiseptic antifungal if that doesn’t work.

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