Equine Ailments - A to Z
Rainscald (weather beat) - Occurs in horse that have been turned out in wet weather, it is found in the same places as ‘sweet itch’, in the mane and tail and extending sometimes across the back, and can sometimes be confused for it. Similar to mud fever except that it affects the body, rainscald is characterized by scabby areas, the hair becomes matted and forms tufts, the scabs can be removed underneath the skin is red and sore. It is caused by a fungus known as Dermatopholus .
Treatment - In mild cases regular grooming will remove the problem, otherwise shampooing and antibiotic creams will be required. Antibiotics may be needed in severe cases. Isolate the affected animal and avoid contact with infected agents such as the grooming kit.