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How to Treat Rain Rot in Winter

Freezing Temps. Endless Snow. Icy Pastures.
Rain Rot.

Treating rain rot on horses in the winter can be a struggle, but not anymore! WATCH as COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER takes it off INSTANTLY!

Is used BEFORE the skin is heavily inflamed or broken. COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER can be used as a barrier against skin and coat ailments, while also treating the early stages of fungus and bacteria buildup.

Our customers have been able to PREVENT and TREAT the following by using the powder in their daily grooming routine:

  • Kills surface fungus on contact including rain rot, cannon crud and yeast infections

  • Soothes and treats sweet itch

  • Protects against bacterial buildup under boots, pads, and blankets

  • Protects against fungus on all surfaces

  • Calms skin compromised by insect allergies

  • Prevents Boot Rubs and general tack chafing

  • A must for under therapeutic boots to keep leg dry and odor free!

  • As a dry shampoo that allows retention of natural oils.  See how it shines! ( see unTacked review!) super handy if it’s too cold or water unavailable on a trail ride.

  • Soothing, Deodorizing  Dry Shampoo for Dogs. Great for keeping them smelling fresh in between professional grooms!

  • Safe for dealing with fungal problems on /in dog face and ears…(kills earmites!)

  • Kills bacteria and odor in human boots and helmets, and has been an underarm deodorant for years!

  • Dissipates odor on contact on animals, humans, and equipment.

  • Sprinkle on your legs and your britches will slide right on!

FEI and USEF compliant

Ingredients: Proprietary blend of Sodium Bicarbonate, maranta arundinacea (arrow root) powder, bentonite clay, zea mays (corn starch), menthe piperita (peppermint) oil.

Grab our Our Funk Free Fall Package, which includes a 10oz TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE and 24 oz PRO SIZE DAILY PREVENTATIVE POWDER to help alleviate all your fall ailments for only $49! The bonus? FREE SHIPPING!


Even in warm, humid conditions like Florida, our COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER still works to remove rain rot on contact! Watch the video below to see how we helped Ginger, a rescue horse that was almost sent to slaughter after being abused, malnourished and suffering from a bad case of painful rain rot.


In addition to treating rain rot, COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER can be used as an aid to dry your horse in cold temperatures…

As a dry shampoo to bathe your horse in the winter…

“While we’re on the road and it’s cold, too cold to bathe, COAT DEFENSE® keeps these horses looking like a million bucks!”

— JIM MCDONOUGH CUTTING HORSES
And even prevent boot and blanket rubs!


Hear what horse owners are saying about COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER and our COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE, and why this is a must in every barn!

 

Grab our Funk Free Fall Package that includes a 10oz TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE and 24 oz PRO SIZE DAILY PREVENTATIVE POWDER to help alleviate all your fall ailments for only $49! The bonus? FREE SHIPPING!

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What Can DAILY PREVENTATIVE POWDER do for YOU?

One Powder, Many Uses!

Treating rain rot? Check. Dry bathing a horse? Check. Under blankets, sheets, coolers and tack to prevent rubs and bacteria build up? CHECK! One POWERFUL Powder, MULTIPLE Uses!

What is COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER?

Is used BEFORE the skin is heavily inflamed or broken. COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER can be used as a barrier against skin and coat ailments, while also treating the early stages of fungus and bacteria buildup.

Our customers have been able to PREVENT and TREAT the following by using the powder in their daily grooming routine:

  • Kills surface fungus on contact including rain rot, cannon crud and yeast infections

  • Soothes and treats sweet itch

  • Protects against bacterial buildup under boots, pads, and blankets

  • Protects against fungus on all surfaces

  • Calms skin compromised by insect allergies

  • Prevents Boot Rubs and general tack chafing

  • A must for under therapeutic boots to keep leg dry and odor free!

  • As a dry shampoo that allows retention of natural oils.  Super handy if it’s too cold or water unavailable on a trail ride.

  • Soothing, Deodorizing  Dry Shampoo for Dogs. Great for keeping them smelling fresh in between professional grooms!

  • Safe for dealing with fungal problems on /in dog face and ears…(kills earmites!)

  • Kills bacteria and odor in human boots and helmets, and has been an underarm deodorant for years!

  • Dissipates odor on contact on animals, humans, and equipment.

  • Sprinkle on your legs and your britches will slide right on!

  • Use during cold weather riding to help rapidly dry sweat

FEI and USEF compliant

Ingredients: Proprietary blend of Sodium Bicarbonate, maranta arundinacea (arrow root) powder, bentonite clay, zea mays (corn starch), menthe piperita (peppermint) oil.

Grab our Funk Free Fall Package that includes a 10oz TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE and 24 oz PRO SIZE DAILY PREVENTATIVE POWDER to help alleviate all your fall ailments for only $49! The bonus? FREE SHIPPING!

Want to see the powerful RESULTS of COAT DEFENSE®? How we’ve helped horses with mud fever, scratches, summer sores and wounds? Check out our RESULTS page or read our REVIEWS to see how pet owners everywhere are celebrating the multiple uses of our all natural, handmade in the USA products!

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Can You Prevent Scratches, Girth Galls, Boot Rubs, etc.?

Horse owners often find themselves exhausted as they try to keep their horse safe and healthy, wrapping them in proverbial bubble wrap. Non-horse people see horses as large, powerful animals, decked out in the armor of the dark ages like impenetrable beasts. Oh, but how far from the truth this mythological stereotype is. The truth is, they are made of glass. Hairy, hungry, attitude infused glass.

 

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Protecting a horse’s skin from irritation can be incredibly difficult, especially if your horse is thin-skinned and prone to breaking out easily. We see this issue pop-up with simple riding equipment such as boot rubs, under the wraps gunk and girth galls. We also see it in the downtime, with scratches or greasy heel from turnout time in new or changing pasture conditions. You are left pulling the hair out of your head, and patching it on your balding horse.

We know that by the time we notice boot rubs, girth galls, scratches or funk, it’s likely our horse is already irritated. It’s tough to treat these issues once they appear because it usually calls for a change in routine. Whether this is buying a multitude of boots or girths to see if one doesn’t rub, keeping them away from sandy arenas or muddy turnouts or even having to do all of the above AND medicate.

A prevention routine can be difficult to begin, because it seems like we’re spending time for something that MAY happen, in the long run it is much more affordable and a lot more comfortable for your horse. But, is there really a way to prevent all of these? Considering they all can be caused by a different environmental factor, how would that be possible?

While the causes may vary, the prevention is the same. Keeping your horse’s skin dry will keep them  free from fungi and bacteria. That’s why when your horse ends up with scratches, it is recommended to keep them out of moist turnouts. The sweat under boots, girths and pads are what allow fungi and bacteria to thrive and fester. Keep the coat dry, keep the ailments away.

Coat Defense is here to offer peace of mind. Coat Defense products are anit-bacterial, anti-fungal, natural, and safe for you and your horse. Rather than waiting for the problems to show up, there’s finally a way to prevent them!  No more vet bills, pain or down time. Coat Defense Daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER goes under boots, wraps, girths and saddle pads to prevent chafing and rubs. You can use it on your horse’s pasterns to prevent scratches and mud fever.

Simply sprinkle it on their coat, rub it in and you’re done. As an added bonus the powder acts as a dry shampoo when it’s too cold to wet shampoo or water is not available. It dries sweat and dissipates odor.

Jim McDonough tells us how he uses Coat Defense as a dry shampoo to keep his horse’s clean and shiny, and how it has prevented funk under the wraps for the first time ever.

Laynee Ashker tell us and show us just how she uses Coat Defense under tack to keep her horse’s skin healthy, protected and smelling fresh…

Is it too late to prevent and your horse is suffering RIGHT NOW from a skin issue? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE. Simply apply the paste and watch you horse heal quickly.

We’re proud to be healing and protecting the equine community with the only Dry and Drying products on the market. These products work faster than anything on the market, are effective 100% of the time, and don’t introduce any harsh chemicals to interfere with your horse’s natural healing abilities.

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Spring is HERE! … So is Mud Season.

I am a believer! It’s a miracle for Mud Fever. I have been dealing with this issue for months! I applied 2 applications; Sunday and Tuesday and then had to go out of town. I came home last night, pulled him out of the stall to hose his leg down and the scabs were gone. Down to fresh skin!

JILL ROMASK; MIDDLEFIELD, OHIO

More Like Mud Season

Now that the longer days are here, horse owners are ready for the warmer days and longer rides, more time out in the fresh air and the seemingly endless summer days. But at this point, those are day dreams, because first we have to get through one terrible season, some call it spring, but we call it mud season. And with it comes mud fever.

What’s Mud Fever?

Mud fever is a catchall phrase for a variety of skin issues that arise in damp, muddy conditions. And rain rot shares the same characteristics, just typically on the back, withers or neck. The same bacterium, dermatophilus congolensis, causes both conditions, along with many others.  

Here is the interesting thing about this bacteria, it’s in a family called actinomycetes. Actinomycetes  behave like both bacteria and fungi. This is why the debate on how to treat mud fever lasted so long. Because it displays symptoms of both. Horses naturally have these organisms on their skin; they lay dormant until muddy, damp conditions cause them to flare-up. 

How do you treat Mud Fever?

The solution to starving off this bacterium is to keep your horse’s skin dry. Sounds easy, right? But with constant rain and horses coming in and out, most pastures turn to mud pits. We rinse, and scrub, and dry in an endless cycle. But what if there was an easier way?

That’s where COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE comes in.

What’s COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE?

COAT DEFENSE® is an all natural product line that only uses readable, recognizable ingredients. And when they’re combined, become a powerful agent against equine skin issues. Handmade in the USA, it’s a simple, safe solution to equine skin problems.

It’s used AFTER the skin is heavily inflamed or broken.  The thick consistency creates a protective barrier and defends the skin cells from pathogens and moisture.  Fungus and bacteria require moisture to survive and thrive. COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE provides the skin with a dry environment to enable healing, it continuously draws out moisture, and allows the body to repair damaged cells.

How does COAT DEFENSE® work to TREAT mud fever?

The ingredients in COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE work to keep moisture to a minimum, starving the bacterium of their food source. The paste dries to create a scab like barrier, keeping external agents out while still allowing the horse’s skin cells to safely repair themselves.

How does COAT DEFENSE® work to PREVENT mud fever?

By applying the COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER to legs before turn out, a barrier is created to help starve off bacteria and fungus. Rubbing it in down to the skin will help alleviate any existing irritation, and help prevent further scabs from developing.

You can see the results on a case of Billiam’s chronic mud fever in the video below…

Is COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE only for mud fever?

Nope. It can also be used on…

  • Scatches / cellulitis – Dries and Draws fungus, bacteria, and general inflammation allowing for dramatic results in 2-4 days
  • Summer / Florida Sores –  Dries, Draws, and shrinks
  • Proud Flesh – shrinks and dries
  • Insect Bites –  cools, calms and  eliminates itch. Draws out poison and inflammation. Horses, Dogs, and especially people
  • Dog Hot Spots – Calms, cools, and the area becomes ignored while healing
  • Acne – as an overnight  mask, the drawing properties have delighted many adolescents!
  • Poison Ivy-stops itch on contact and draws out ooze quickly and painlessly

If you’re ready to put an end to mud fever, be sure to check out the Heal and Prevent Package, which includes a 24oz TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE and 8oz DAILY PREVENTATIVE POWDER to help alleviate all your open skin ailments for only $54! The bonus? FREE SHIPPING!

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Spring Showers Bring… Rain Rot?!

When the clock springs forward, horse owners everywhere rejoice. It means more time to spend with our equine companions, more time in the saddle and a sure sign that winter is on the way OUT. On the flip side it also means rain… lots and lots of rain. And with it, rain rot.

What’s rain rot?

Rain rot shares comes from a bacterium called dermatophilus congolensis. This bacteria is in a family called actinomycetes, these little things act like both bacteria and fungi. Horses naturally have these organisms on their skin; they lay dormant until rainy, wet conditions cause it to flare-up. 

How do you treat rain rot?

The solution to starving off this bacterium is keep your horse’s skin dry. One option is keeping your horse inside. But this simply isn’t an option for some horses. Another way to keep your horse dry is to use a turnout sheet. But this can trap moisture and could actually fuel the bacteria.

So, we need to keep our horse’s skin dry, but how?

That’s where COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER comes in.

What’s COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER?

COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER is the first DRY way to PREVENT and TREAT rain rot. It’s all natural, and made from only seven simple ingredients. It’s anti-bacterial, and anit-fungal, which will destroy existing fungal and bacterial colonies, or stop them before they erupt. 

How does COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER work to treat rain rot?

COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER starves the bacterium of it’s food source. Remember, it needs moisture to thrive. The moisture on your horse’s skin. COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER gets to work drying up this moisture, and the colonies die off. Because there are no harsh chemicals, this leaves only healthy cells behind. With the bacterium gone, and by using the COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER to keep them away, your horse’s skin can safely heal.

Is COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER only for rain rot?

Nope. COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER can help almost every equine skin ailment. It works by creating a healing environment where your horse’s immune system can do what it does best. Fight and Heal. 

And here are some other great uses for COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER!

  • By using COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER under horse blankets, sheets, coolers, saddle pads and work boots, you can prevent bacteria build up, keep them smelling fresh, and protect against chafing
  • After rides to help dry up sweat, all while keeping bacteria and fungus away
  • On itchy, smelly dogs as a dry shampoo to keep them clean and comfortable between bathing, while also treating hot spots
  • On yourself, using the COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER as a deodorant to replace any aluminum based brands, on legs to slip on riding breeches, and in helmets to reduce sweat and rubbing on my forehead
  •  It’s an excellent dry shampoo when it’s too cold for a hose

What about COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE?

COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE is used AFTER the skin is heavily inflamed or broken.  The thick consistency creates a protective barrier and defends the skin cells from pathogens and moisture.  Fungus and bacteria require moisture to survive and thrive. COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE provides the skin with a dry environment to enable healing, it continuously draws out moisture, and allows the body to repair damaged cells.  

What can COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE treat?

  • Scratches / Mud Fever / cellulitis – Dries and Draws fungus, bacteria, and general inflammation allowing for dramatic results in 2-4 days
  • Summer / Florida Sores –  Dries, Draws, and shrinks
  • Proud Flesh – shrinks and dries
  • Insect Bites –  cools, calms and  eliminates itch. Draws out poison and inflammation. Horses, Dogs, and especially people
  • Dog Hot Spots – Calms, cools, and the area becomes ignored while healing
  • Acne – as an overnight  mask, the drawing properties have delighted many adolescents!
  • Poison Ivy-stops itch on contact and draws out ooze quickly and painlessly

Most horse owners find themselves suffering alongside their horse when rain rot rears it’s ugly head. Some may reduce the pain and scabs, but only for a short period of time. Let COAT DEFENSE® help end this cycle today. 

 

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My Horse is SO Itchy and Smelly Under His Blanket!

The Strife of Winter…

For 2 weeks straight, I didn’t dare take Billiam’s blanket off. Billiam is my 16 year old Arabian gelding who absolutely despises Northeast Ohio weather. Recently the temperature has not gone above 10 degrees. And this has brought on the wraith of an angrily prancing horse going to and from the pasture. So why not dare remove it? Because taking it off would end in a horse that was so salty, he’d melt the ice.

Dreams of Warmer Days…

Billiam wishes I could send him to South Florida for the winter. And there, he would happily lay in the sun. Munch on lush grass. Lazily amble the pasture… And not pace the gate in anticipation of getting away from the icy, skin slicing winds. He would frolic on sandy beaches, a delightful breeze in his mane and the sun on his back. Well, jokes on him.

As an equestrian in an area that experiences extreme seasonal changes, I have a lot of extra work in Winter. And I am constantly inundated with an array of horse skin conditions. Mud fever, rain rot, rainscald, horse scratches, cannon crud, blanket rubs, bug bites, sweet itch, etc. You name it, and I’ve seen it on a horse in this land of flux.

 Ah, missing summer days! Ah, missing summer days!

Winter Worries

Winter is a double edged sword at my barn. Because when the snow flies, the ground freezes. I find clean legs with no mud fever, gunk or funk! However, I do find one incredibly itchy, smelly, dirty horse under a winter blanket. So why do I blanket Billiam? Because I don’t have a run-in sheds and Billiam lacks the ability to grow much of a coat. I blame his genetics. This poor horse hardly gets a half inch of growth. I’d find it pretty rough to turn him out without something to protect him from the elements.

The last time I had groomed Bill, it was a toasty 40 degrees. I knew the cold was coming, so I would need to blanket him. But he had been bathed in the last month, so his coat was still clean. Surprise, surprise, he’s not a roller. Mud? ick. So I wanted to keep it that way. And that’s when I grabbed my Coat Defense Daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER.

COAT DEFENSE® to the Rescue!

After being lucky enough to find this magical fairy dust, I have added it to my daily grooming routine. It resembles baby powder, but with a much better, more refreshing peppermint scent. And it’s talc free! But the best part is, it’s anti bacterial and anti fungal. So it stops any funk from building up under the blanket.

Billiam doesn’t mind as I sprinkle a good amount along his top line, back, rump and down his tail bone. I set the container down, grab my grooming gloves and get to work rubbing it in. Because he’s prone to itch and rub the base of his tail and shoulders, I’m sure to work a good amount in on those areas. So I throw his blanket on, step back, and smile. He’s ready for the cold.

The Results?

It’s now been two weeks since that grooming session. And I’m feeling that guilty pit in my stomach for not taking off his blanket. Because I don’t have an indoor to ride in, and barn time in this cold is kept to a minimum. I’m a guilty horse owner. But it’s time to check him over. So I put on my many layers and head to the barn to give him a good groom.

I’ve been using COAT DEFENSE® for a year now. So I’m not surprised when I pull the blanket off and find a shiny, fresh smelling horse underneath. I’m relieved nonetheless. I go about my grooming routine and give him a fresh sprinkle with COAT DEFENSE® so he continues to stay fresh, clean and itch-free.

Worry Free Winter

This is the first winter I haven’t had a tail rubbed into a bushy mess. Or withers worn down from a blanket. And a mane itched away. Or found my eyes watering from the smell of my horse when I remove his manure and mud stained blanket. The peace of mind COAT DEFENSE® has brought Billiam and I, is priceless. He’s visibly more relaxed and comfortable. Which iis all we want for our horses, right?

And if we’re being honest, most of us horse people LOVE to groom our horse. Because there is something so relaxing about going over every inch of our majestic creatures. Cleaning their coat, checking them for any ailments, and giving them a good scratch where they most need it. That classic lip twitching in pleasure to say, “Ah! That’s the spot!”

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Better Grooming with COAT DEFENSE®

I was worried at first that this powder might make that grooming experience less. Somehow taint it, like when your horse has a wound and you have to hose it with cold water. Your routine is tarnished. So rather than enjoying it, you dread it.

And I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Now my routine has taken on a new form. Adding COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER has enriched it. And I have come to love it, in the most sense fulfilling way. Because I love the smell of my horse, and now it’s tinged with the refreshing, natural scent of peppermint. I adore his soft coat, now enhanced by the silky texture of the powder.

But the best part is the mindset. I have a complete sense of calm knowing this is going to help Billiam feel better. There aren’t too many items that can make that much of a change. But this one actually does.

Try it!

If you’re currently battling the winter blanket ordeal, stop. It’s not worth trying to give your horse a wet bath in the winter. Or purchasing multiple blankets to constantly change and keep fresh. And grooming daily doesn’t do any good when you’re curry in bacteria and fungus. We want to keep our horse’s comfortable and happy. And it’s really as easy as adding COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER to your winter grooming.

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3 Easy Ways to Obtain Your Horse Goals in 2018

Past, Present and Future

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time we reflect on the past and begin to plan for the next year. And there is just something so exciting and adventurous about tackling new goals! Setting your sites on bigger, better challenges when January 1st hits. For many equestrians and equine enthusiasts, it’s with our beloved horse at our side.

Whether you’re preparing for the next show season, training a green horse, or just want to spend more time with your horse, it’s going to mean overcoming obstacles. Because we all know that has something has interfered the year before. So, what can we do to REALLY achieve these goals? And how can we meet our hearts greatest desires for 2018?

The Usual…

We all know the gym story. The gyms fill up in January as people set their own personal fitness goals, and feel that New Year enthusiasm. But as February approaches it becomes harder to make it a priority. Go to the gym at the end of February, and suddenly no one is around.

Don’t let the gym story happen to you and your horse! Equestrians are strong willed folks. Have you seen us handle a 1000 pound animal? But we’re still susceptible to letting life interrupt our riding goals. So, to get the right start this New Year, here are 3 things you can do to REALLY obtain your horse goals in 2018!

1. Don’t Just Set New Goals, Make New Systems

Goals are great. They give us an idea of where we want to end up. The issue is, we humans tend to think getting there will be much easier than it actually is. So set aside some time to write down 1 goal, then write down every step to get there. And be sure to consider all those variables that could get in the way. Want more time at the barn? Need to work more on those patterns? Want a better barrel time? Awesome! Write down the what, where, why, how and when. And make the plan to get there!

2. Slow and Steady Wins the Race

We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare. But many of us still end up being the hare with our personal goals. When it comes to working with horses, it is especially important you are methodical, strategic and work to build your patience. So don’t rush training for both of you. And plan for small, daily achievements you know you can achieve rather than overextending yourself. Allow your horse the needed time to absorb new training. Give yourself the time it really takes to enjoy the ride. And always remember to breathe!

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 3. Change Up the Routine!

One goal killer can be the new plan you worked so hard to create becomes an old boring routine. Instead of doing the same thing everyday at the same time, create a schedule that changes things up weekly. Because maybe one week your horse just needs groundwork. And another you try different a discipline a couple days, just for giggles. And if you only go trail riding, perhaps give a show a go? The options are endless, don’t make things rigid. You AND your horse will thank you!

Cheers to 2018!

Here at COAT DEFENSE®, we have BIG goals for 2018. Our first will roll out in January, where we will begin introducing you to the riders we sponsor and their amazing stories. The second, we want to eliminate Rain Rot FOREVER. And the third, we want to help you change YOUR routine. How? To FINALLY PREVENT your horse from getting painful issues like rain rot, mud fever, scratches, cannon crud, ringworm, girth galls, blanket rubs, or any other horse skin related issue.

Here’s to 2018, Happy New Year!

The Coat Defense Team

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Winter is Coming – EP.3: Bathing & Blanketing

Winter in the Barn

It’s here, people. The icy cold winds, the half frozen pastures, frosty mornings spent breaking icy buckets. Evenings in a frigid arena realizing we REALLY can’t feel our toes anymore. Ahhh, winter in the barn.

Winter can come with holiday perks. Presents. A vacation somewhere warm. Gatherings with family and friends. But it can be  a royal pain for horse owners. Unless you travel south, you’re stuck with the sleet, ice, snow, frosty mud. And one dirty, stinky horse.

Can you Bathe a Horse in the Winter?

Many horse owners wait for the first warm spring day to give their horse the first bath of the year. And for good reason! Who the heck wants to give a cold bath when it’s below freezing? It’s NEVER advised to wash a horse in winter!

We know that dirty coat texture and smell all too well. Our fingernails are BLACK grime after giving your horse a good scratch. They smell like ripe manure and mud. So we brush, use spray shampoos, and dream about spring days. Or living somewhere else.

Take the inability to bathe and mix it with blanketing for months…  and you have one smelly horse.

Blanketing Horses in the Winter

But it’s not just a stinky pony you have to worry about. It’s what might be hiding under that blanket. Because blanketing is needed for clipped horses, this can be a pain. Also, many owners in wet climates use blankets or sheets to keep their horse dry during turnout. And the risk that comes with blanketing horses is the development of bacteria or fungus on the coat.

Bacteria and fungus thrive in warm, moist conditions. And a horse’s coat is the perfect home for these during the winter months. And the blanket or sheet can remain on for an extended period of time, and it grows worse. because there’s no sunlight or air to help control these colonies, they grow. Add mud, rain and a changing climate… and you have the perfect place for these microscopic friends. Just the guests you wanted for the holiday, right?

How to Keep Your Horse Clean this Winter

Avoid another battle of the funk, gunk, grime and stink this winter. How? COAT DEFENSE®. Ease the holiday stress and give yourself peace of mind this with COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER. If you read Episode One or Episode Two, you know COAT DEFENSE® can knock out mud fever and rain rot. But the wonders of this stuff doesn’t end there. It extends to a multitude of equine skin needs. Including winter bathing and under the blanket protection!

What’s COAT DEFENSE®?

COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER is an all natural solution with no harsh chemicals. And it’s non-toxic, working to create a dry environment, which prevents bacterial and fungal growth. Because they need moisture to thrive, bacteria and fungus can’t survive with COAT DEFENSE®. This bottles of wonders is a grooming aid that keeps your horse’s coat shiny, clean and healthy during those dreary months.

How does COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER work to bathe horses?

COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER is used as a dry shampoo to bathe horses. And it’s perfect for winter when it’s too cold to use a hose! Because it’s all natural and safe, it’s effective to use daily. Even after chilly rides on a sweaty horse to aid in drying.

Kim shows us an example below on a sweaty horse after a cool trail ride…

Simple as that, sprinkle it on, use a curry to rub it in and watch the sweat, dirt and grime disappear. Here are the results…

Can COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER be used under blankets?

Yep. An added bonus of COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER is the anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Use it under blankets, sheets, coolers, pads, boots and more to prevent the build up of bacteria and fungus.

So rather than worrying this winter, stock up with our Funk Free Fall Package that includes a 10oz TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE and 24 oz PRO SIZE DAILY PREVENTATIVE POWDER to use under horse blankets and dry bathe your horse! The bonus? FREE SHIPPING!

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Winter is Coming – EP.2: RAIN ROT

Equine Skin Ailments in Winter

We’re heading into that time of year again, you know the one. It’s the worst one, the one every horse owner dreads. Winter. Ugh.

It’s the time to start throwing on turnout sheets, trudging through rainy, gray days to catch our soaked horse, and waiting endlessly for everything to dry out and the sun to return. The worst part, we know we’re stuck with the gloom for months on end, until late spring brings us some much needed sunshine. 

The other part that stinks? Equine skin ailments. And one culprit that causes so many headaches… Rain Rot.

What’s Rain Rot?

As discussed in our last article on mud fever, rain rot shares the same bacterium, dermatophilus congolensis. This bacteria is in a family called actinomycetes, these little things act like both bacteria and fungi. Horses naturally have these organisms on their skin; they lay dormant until rainy, wet conditions cause it to flare-up, casuing scabs and funk to form along the back, withers and rump.

How do you treat Rain Rot?

The solution to starving off this bacterium is keep your horse’s skin dry. One option is keeping your horse in all winter, but most of us know that this is a terrible idea unless we’re looking for a bucking bronco to tear down the barn. Another option is keeping on a turnout sheet, but this can trap moisture and could actually fuel the bacteria. We need to keep our horse’s skin dry, but how?

Well, lucky for horse owners, new products have hit the market that finally PREVENT and TREAT rain rot. It’s called COAT DEFENSE®. And it’s about to be your go-to grooming aids for keeping your horse’s skin clear and healthy during those rainy, wet months.

We LOVE it!! It cleared up Gidget’s rain rot super fast! We’ve been using the powder as a preventative on Gidget’s back after rides and it has really kept the rain rot at bay. So it’s worth the purchase!

LeeAnn Stone Johnson, Facebook Review

What is COAT DEFENSE®?

COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER is used BEFORE the skin is heavily inflamed or broken. It can be used as a barrier against skin and coat ailments, while also treating the early stages of fungus and bacteria buildup. It is also used under pads, wraps, boots, and blankets to prevent moisture and odor. Riding this winter and want to help dry your sweaty horse quickly? Curry in some COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER to aid in drying AND prevent equine skin ailments!

COAT DEFENSE® is an all natural solution with no harsh chemicals. While many other treatments contain ingredients you can’t read and can actually cause harm to healthy skin, COAT DEFENSE® is safe to use daily to prevent and treat.

How does COAT DEFENSE® treat Rain Rot in Horses?

COAT DEFENSE® creates a drying environment, which prevents bacterial and fungal growth by denying them the food source they thrive on. Simple as that, keep the skin dry, starve off the bacteria or fungi, and prevent flare-ups. Sprinkle it on, rub it in, and watch the rain rot fall off. Check out the video below to see COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER in action…

What is COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE?

COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE is used AFTER the skin is heavily inflamed or broken.  The thick consistency creates a protective barrier and defends the skin cells from pathogens and moisture.  Fungus and bacteria require moisture to survive and thrive. COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE provides the skin with a dry environment to enable healing, it continuously draws out moisture, and allows the body to repair damaged cells. Use it on mud fever, scratches, cellulitis, bug bites, rubs, raw spots, hair loss and more.

I’m so impressed with how quickly the hair grew back, it stopped her itching and healed her rubbed, raw spots so fast!

Kathy Schwartz, OH

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Winter is Coming – EP.1: MUD FEVER

What is Mud Fever?

Mud fever is a catchall phrase for a variety of skin issues that arise in damp, muddy conditions. Rain rot shares the same characteristics, just typically on the back, withers or neck. The same bacterium, dermatophilus congolensis, causes both conditions, along with many others.

When Does Mud Fever Happen?

Mud fever flares during the fall and spring, even in the winter if the ground doesn’t freeze. It’s a time of year horse owners dread. Not just because of the rain and snow, it’s officially mud season.

This is the time of year that our typically dry pastures suddenly become mud pits straight from the Swamp of Sadness in The Never Ending Story. Only now, we have to pluck our own Artax from the sinking, sticky, boot sucking mud.

A particularly annoying part of this season, besides cleaning the mud off your horse constantly and trying to find a somewhat dry spot to put hay piles, is the inevitable mud fever that comes along with it. For some horses, no matter how much brushing, washing, scrubbing, drying and ointment applying that we do, they just seem to have this gunk stuck to their legs like glue.

I am a believer! It’s a miracle for Mud Fever. I have been dealing with this issue for months! I applied 2 applications; Sunday and Tuesday and then had to go out of town. I came home last night, pulled him out of the stall to hose his leg down and the scabs were gone. Down to fresh skin!

JILL ROMASK; MIDDLEFIELD, OHIO

How do you treat mud fever in horses?

Here is the interesting thing about this bacteria, it’s in a family called actinomycetes. Actinomycetes  behave like both bacteria and fungi. This is why the debate on how to treat mud fever lasted so long, it displays symptoms of both. Horses naturally have these organisms on their skin; they lay dormant until muddy, damp conditions cause them to flare-up. So, what if there was a way to keep this bacterium from flaring up and thriving?

Well, lucky for horse owners, a new product has hit the market that actually treats mud fever. It’s called COAT DEFENSE®, and it’s about to be your go-to grooming aids for keeping  your horse’s skin clear and healthy.

What’s COAT DEFENSE®?

COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE is used AFTER the skin is heavily inflamed or broken.  The thick consistency creates a protective barrier and defends the skin cells from pathogens and moisture.  Fungus and bacteria require moisture to survive and thrive. COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE provides the skin with a dry environment to enable healing, it continuously draws out moisture, and allows the body to repair damaged cells. You can see it treat Billiam’s mud fever in the video below…

COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER is used BEFORE the skin is heavily inflamed or broken. It can be used as a barrier against skin and coat ailments, while also treating the early stages of fungus and bacteria buildup. This can be applied all over to help PREVENT mud fever.

COAT DEFENSE® is an all-natural solution with no harsh chemicals. While many other treatments contain chemicals that can actually cause harm to healthy skin, COAT DEFENSE® will aid in clearing up scabs, while nurturing healthy skin.

Put an end to the vicious cycle of mud fever, rain rot, scratches and more with our Heal & Prevent Package. It includes a 24oz TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE and 8oz DAILY PREVENTATIVE POWDER to help alleviate all your open skin ailments! The bonus? FREE SHIPPING!