Does your horse, pony or donkey wear a properly fitting and “proofed” rug in the rain? If not, he or she maybe at risk from rain scald. But what is it?
Rain scald is commonly found on horses backs who are left out during wet weather (with no rugs and have inadequate shelter). Bacteria develop where the water accumulates on the skin.
Like mud fever, hair becomes matted and scabs developed which can become very sore and secrete a sticky pus like liquid. It can be very uncomfortable for the horse, and painful.
So how can you help treat this condition?
To be 100% certain that your horse has got rain scald and not some other condition, always get your horse, pony or donkey checked out by your qualified Veterinary Surgeon. Your vet can prescribe a course of appropriate treatment.
It is possible to help rain scald using complementary therapies. Homeopathy and herbal remedies can both help. As there are several different homeopathic preparations that may help, for more information on choosing homeopathic remedies for your equine, have a consultation with a qualified veterinary surgeon who’s specialised in homeopathic medicine – there are many throughout the UK and beyond! For help finding one, please email me at info@ taranet.co.uk.
As I love using Aloe Vera, here’s how I would use it to help:
- Wash off with Aloe Soap and dry thoroughly.
- Apply Aloe Veterinary Formula to the affected area
- Rub in Aloe Vera Gelly to the skin. It is important not to over wash these areas as it will make it worse. However, you should expect a ‘healing crisis’ as the skin renews and heals itself.
I hope this is helpful, and as always if you’ve any questions on caring for your animal holistically, please email me at info @ taranet .co. uk
Until next time,
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