Groom to Beat Skin Woes

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Regular grooming is one of the best ways to avoid skin problems with your horse, or detect them early for easiest, most effective treatment.

Credit: Jennifer Paulson

Credit: Jennifer Paulson

The wet weather of fall and winter can lead to rain rot (also called rain scald). There are other causes of bumpy, scabby skin, too, including a hypersensitivity reaction or a bacterial or fungal infection. If you notice such areas on your horse’s coat, notify your veterinarian. He or she may recommend a broad-spectrum antimicrobial shampoo that will kill any bugs. To be most observant, groom daily, following a set pattern that assures you check over your horse’s entire body.