I have no idea how long we’ve been getting daily rain, but I’m water-logged. Poor Kobi and Sugar slosh through the front pasture and they are literally pastern deep in mud when they eat hay.
The good news is we don’t have to worry about fire on the conservation land. Without having a horse trailer, fire is always in the back of my mind and how to evacuate if we need to – no worries this year.
With the rain and general damp conditions, there are two conditions I do worry about as a horse owner: thrush and rain rot. I’m sure it will come as no surprise I’ve battled both of these conditions in the past and already have favorite, no-fail treatments.
For thrush, I prefer Thrush Buster. Maybe it’s the wonderful purple color, but I’ve had the best results with and I’ve tried almost every product known to man. Alan, the world’s best farrier, is also due out in a few weeks. It’s always good to keep regular farrier appointments so the dead tissue can be cut back and fresh air can get to anything trying to form. They can also find any issues with the hoof before they become too serious.
Now for rain rot. Kobi and Sugar get the small sores mostly around their pasterns and typically on their back feet more than their front. Years ago I learned to mix iodine and baby oil (I always have both on hand), and squirt it on the sores. The baby oil keeps the iodine on the skin, treating it longer than iodine alone.
When all the rain passes, I’ll break out all of my potions and try to prevent any long-term effects of the icky weather.