Rainy Season Horse Care: Tips to Keeping Your Horses Safe and Healthy

Rainy Season Horse Care: Tips to Keeping Your Horses Safe and Healthy

The Lowcountry sees its fair share of rain. Here at Carter Veterinary Services, we prioritize the health and well-being of your horses, especially during the challenging rainy season. To ensure your equine companions remain safe and healthy, it's essential to be aware of certain conditions that can arise during this time. Here are some conditions to look out for and valuable tips on how to prevent and manage them. Schedule a consultation today.

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Rain Rot

Rain rot, also known as rain scald or dermatophilosis, is a common condition caused by a bacterium that thrives in moist environments. It leads to hair loss, scabs, and skin inflammation. To prevent rain rot, ensure your horses have access to dry shelters and clean, well-drained paddocks. Regularly check your horses' coat for any signs of scabs or hair loss. If rain rot occurs, consult with one of our Lowcountry veterinarians for appropriate topical treatments and management strategies.

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Hoof Care

Hoof care is crucial during the rainy season to prevent issues such as abscesses, thrush, and compromised hooves. Regularly schedule veterinary appointments with a farrier to maintain proper hoof balance and address any concerns. Avoid turning out horses on extremely muddy ground for extended periods, as it can lead to soft and weakened hooves. Utilize hoof boots or apply a hoof conditioner to protect hooves from excessive moisture. Provide a dry, clean area for your horses to stand and rest.

Thrush is a common hoof condition caused by a bacterial infection. Wet and muddy conditions provide an ideal environment for thrush to thrive. To prevent thrush, practice regular hoof cleaning and maintenance. Clean hooves daily, paying attention to the areas where bacteria tend to accumulate, such as the frog. Use a hoof pick and a disinfectant specifically designed for thrush if needed. Consult with your farrier or one of our local equine veterinarians for appropriate treatment options if thrush develops.

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Equine colic is a potentially life-threatening condition that can be exacerbated during the rainy season. Horses may experience episodes of abdominal pain due to factors like changes in diet, limited movement, or consuming waterlogged feed. To minimize the risk of cholic, gradually transition your horse's diet when necessary, provide clean and fresh water at all times, and ensure regular exercise. If you suspect colic, contact your horse vet immediately for guidance, as early intervention is crucial.

Prevention is Key

By proactively addressing these conditions and following these guidelines, you can significantly reduce the risk and impact on your horse's health during the rainy season. However, it's important to remember that prevention and early intervention are crucial. Regularly monitor your horses for any signs of discomfort or changes in behavior, and consult with one of our local horse veterinarians promptly if you notice any concerns.

Some Additional Tips

  • Vaccinations and Deworming: Ensure that your horses' vaccinations and deworming protocols are up to date. Rainy seasons can increase the risk of certain diseases, such as respiratory infections and parasitic infestations. Consult with one of our local veterinarians to develop a tailored vaccination and deworming plan for your horses.
  • Regular Veterinary Check-Ups: Schedule regular check-ups with our equine vets to proactively monitor your horses' health and address any concerns promptly. Regular dental examinations, vaccinations, and wellness exams are vital for maintaining their overall well-being.


At Carter Veterinary Services, we are committed to providing exceptional care for your horses throughout the Lowcountry. Our experienced team is well-versed in equine health and can provide personalized advice and equine veterinary services tailored to your horse's specific needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or consult with our knowledgeable staff. Together, we can keep your horses safe and healthy throughout the rainy season.

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