YOUR HORSE’S SKIN is his largest
organ. Offering physical protection and
temperature control, as well as serving as
your horse’s first line of immune defense,
the skin plays an important role. But what
happens when your horse’s skin gets sick?
Here are some of the most commonly
encountered equine skin conditions and
what to do about them.
Also known as rain scald, rain rot is a common equine
skin condition medically termed dermatophilosis
because it is an infection caused by the bacterium
Dermatophilus congolensis. Certain horses are thought
to be carriers of these normally dormant bacteria,
and when chronic moisture and skin trauma occur
simultaneously, rain rot can result.
Luckily for horse owners, rain rot is easy to identify.
Known by its characteristic “paintbrush” lesions, the
hair on a horse’s back and rump becomes crusty and
matted in small clumps. Underneath these clumped
bits of hair is raw, tender skin.