It’s Monday-that’s Cruddy- but don’t let it ruin your week- Skin Discharge and Dry/Itchy Tails

mud+caked+copyDon’t let creeping horse crud ruin your week! Dr. Rose is here to help with her weekly Skintervention. Today, we are talking about SKIN DISCHARGE AND DRY/ITCHY SKIN AND TAILS


Horses with sensitive skin, such as Thoroughbreds and Arabians, are more prone to this complaint than other breeds; however, seborrhea (skin discharge) can develop in any horse as a secondary condition to skin infection or allergy, or it could be a signal of poor overall health. Seborrhea takes two forms, either dry or oily. Dry seborrhea exhibits dry, flaky scales that look similar to dandruff, and is found in the mane or tail. Thick, viscous crusts usually affecting the elbows or hocks are signs of oily seborrhea.

To treat, wash the area with a sulfur-based shampoo once or twice a week to manage dry seborrhea, although recurrences are common. For oily seborrhea, depending on the severity of the case, wash the area at least twice a week using a drying shampoo (that contains tar or benzoyl peroxide, for instance), followed by a protective ointment to soften the crusts.


If a horse’s skin becomes excessively dry and scaly, it can be pruritic, i.e., itchy. I recommend thoroughly washing the horse using appropriate shampoos, and apply sprays or lotions, such as Dr. Rose’s Treatment Spray ( After shampooing your horse with a soapy lather, make sure you rinse well. Shampoo or soap residues that remain on skin or tail can also cause itching.

Horses respond to physical or mental irritation with obvious behavioral quirks, sometimes inflicting harmful trauma on their own bodies. While a variety of problems can cause itching, a horse might concentrate his itch behavior on tail rubbing. There might be a couple of health issues going on simultaneously, so your veterinarian should rule out all possibilities of tail rubbing behavior with a diligent exam.

Once he or she addresses the primary problem along with appropriate behavior modification, the horse’s rubbing should rapidly resolve and his tail will return to its fullness and sheen.

Cruddy Mondays- Don’t let creeping horse crud ruin your week- “Scratches in horses”



Clean meCruddy Mondays- Don’t let creeping horse crud ruin your week! Dr. Rose  is here to help with her weekly Skintervention. Today, we are talking about SCRATCHES and RAIN ROT


“Scratches in horses” refers to a common equine fungal skin condition, which is generally found on the lower legs of a horse. It results in the creation of cracked, crusted, scabby areas and can lead to open sores. At times horse scratches will progress to the point where the horse’s legs swell and it could become lame.

Scratches in horses should be taken seriously and must be treated. Treatment for horse scratches generally includes cleaning the affected area thoroughly with an antibacterial or antifungal wash followed by isolation of the area by wrapping the afflicted skin in surgical gauze to keep it clean. The dressings of the wounds should be changed regularly and should be accompanied by regular application of a salve to work to continue to clear and cure the scratches.

I highly recommend using Dr. Rose Remedies, as our treatment salve and spray are all-natural products which are anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and anti scarring. They work to promote the healing of skin rashes, relieve inflammation and irritation, promote the healing of wounds, and moisturize the skin of the horse. Because it has so many healing qualities and uses all natural ingredients, Dr. Rose’s Remedies Skin Treatment is effective at treating, clearing, and curing scratches in horses.


While spending as much time as possible at pasture can be good mentally for your horse, if you live in an area with wet or very humid conditions, your horse might be at risk of contracting a bacterial skin disease commonly known as “rain rot.” Rain rot or rain scald is caused by bacterial infection, and it often is mistaken for a fungal disease.

It’s easy to diagnose rain rot, generally on visual confirmation of the skin lesions alone, but a more definite diagnosis can be made by examining a skin scraping for Gram-positive bacteria under a microscope or by culturing the bacteria. Horses with long winter coats will develop paintbrush lesions (raised, matted tufts of hair) along their dorsal surfaces, which include the neck, withers, back, and croup, as well as on the lower limbs. Light-skinned areas are usually more severely affected. As the lesions get larger and join together, they will progress to a crust or scab formation that when removed will expose yellow-green pus between the necrotic and living skin layers. If rubbed, the ‘bumps’ might rub off in the form of scabs with a small, hairless spot of skin showing.

Most acute cases of rain rot can heal on their own; however, I recommend treating even minor cases because the lesions can spread and worsen. The lesions also interfere with use (especially if they are located along the horse’s back or withers) and they can be painful for the horse.

Cruddy Mondays- Don’t let creeping horse crud ruin your week-Ringworm and Hives

Dr. Rose's Remedies-Cruddy MondaysCruddy Mondays- Don’t let creeping horse crud ruin your week! Dr. Rose  is here to help with her weekly Skintervention. Today, we are talking about RINGWORM and HIVES


Contrary to its common name, ringworm is not a worm but a fungal infection. It assumes the form of round, crusty patches, which when removed leave reddened, scaly skin and hair that comes out in clumps. It usually appears first around areas where tack comes into contact with the skin, although the disease can be found anywhere on the body. Highly contagious, ringworm can be transmitted directly from horse to horse, or through inter-species contamination. Dogs, cats, cattle, and even people are often the hosts. It also easily adheres to inanimate objects like tack, blankets, or grooming equipment. And with the spores remaining dormant in the environment for up to a year, everything from your stall and barn to the soil in your paddock can become infected.

Like all fungi, ringworm is happiest in dark, warm, moist conditions; therefore, outbreaks generally occur in the fall and winter months when there is less sunshine and more moisture.

If you suspect that your horse has ringworm, isolate him as best as you can and call your veterinarian to make sure you have the appropriate medications to treat it. Before using a topical medication, like Dr. Rose Remedies Salve, start by clipping about a two-inch portion of hair around each outbreak so that any medicated shampoo and cream will be sure to penetrate that portion of skin most likely to become affected before the fungus is contained. Proper disposal of potentially infected, clipped hair is essential to prevent further contamination of the premises.


Hives are probably the most common immunological equine skin disorder. A systemic reaction to a number of triggers, hives is seen as localized, soft, pitting swellings most commonly found on the neck and chest, although they can appear anywhere on the body. The resulting lesions might emit a clear fluid when pierced. To identify the source is key to the elimination of the problem; however, the task might be challenging as anything from the ingredients in feed or feed supplements to insect bites to pollen, molds, or compounds found in dewormers or antibiotics are all suspect. Contact allergens can even be found in bedding; heat, light, or exercise also could be contributing factors.

If your horse has developed hives, it is best cured by removing the irritant once it is recognized. In order to do this, you or your veterinarian might have to conduct a series of tests, either by exposure to the possible cause or through intradermal testing.

Hives are symptoms and should be treated immediately even if the cause is unknown in order to prevent further skin deterioration. If the problem is not immediately resolved, a prescription for antihistamines or steroids might be needed to help speed recovery.

See you next week- Dr. Rose

It’s Monday- It’s Cruddy- But don’t let it ruin your week!

Cruddy Mondays- Don’t let creeping horse crud ruin your week!

Dr. Rose is here to help with her weekly Skinterventions. Dr. Rose DiLeva has been the CEO and owner of Animal Wellness Center and Mobile Veterinary Services, P.C. located in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania since 1999. Her approach to animal health care is holistic in nature. Dr. Rose is also an award-winning author and an animal health contributor for FOX News, ABC News Channel 6 in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Each week, she will be providing helpful skin care information and tips. AND on 1/12, we’ll ask you a question about our posts and the first person to correctly answer the question will receive a YEAR’s supply of Dr. Rose Remedies, all-natural and proven skin treatment salves and sprays for your horse.

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Dealing with skin problems, unfortunately, is part of having a horse. Since skin is the largest organ of the body, it’s no wonder there’s much that can go wrong. Designed to safeguard internal organs from external forces and to help maintain consistent temperature, water, and nutrient levels, the skin is an integral part of a horse’s health.

Dr. Rose notes that the first step in treating skin problems is by identify the types of lesions observed. The most common include:

  • Papule–a solid skin elevation;
  • Pustule–a skin elevation with an inflamed base that contains pus;
  • Vesicle–a membranous and usually fluid-filled pouch;
  • Bulla–an elevation containing watery fluid;
  • Wheal–a flat, burning, or itching lesion;
  • Macule–a patch of discolored skin; and
  • Nodule–an abnormal, knobby protrusion.

During the next 3 weeks, we’ll review the following common skin aliments you’re most liable to come across during your tenure as a horse owner. If you’re able to catch and define them early enough, it should make treatment easier.

-Ringworm, Hives, Scratches, Rain Rot, Skin Discharge/Seborrhea and Dry/Itchy Skin and Tails