Rain Rot in Horses and other Livestock Free Herbal Recipe!

A DIY herbal recipes for preventing rain rot in horses, dogs and other livestock!

UGH! How I hate rain rot! My first year with my own horses I got a rude awakening with that crap. Since I like my horses to live outside naturally in a herd. I do have to take steps to prevent rain rot here in the southeast. Especially since my horses (and donkeys) LOVE standing in the rain!

The first year I tried several options at my local co-op and TSC. They were kind of pricey and didn't deliver the results I wanted for my horses. So I dove in and did some research, got some advice from one of my vets and came up with an excellent formula to help prevent and treat rain rot in horses.
If you are unfamiliar with what rain rot really is here is a good article from Practical Horseman
Rain Rot

With my previous know how using essential oils and herbs with equine and other livestock I decided to combine comfrey oil, frankincense and tea tree for my own solution. Here's why:

Key Ingredients For my Rain Rot Home Remedy Spray

Frankincense oil helps soothe skin that is irritated, itchy or damaged and is known to promote cellular health and immunity! It is perfectly safe for horses and people.
Tea Tree Oil is a broad spectrum antiseptic with high levels of biocidal activity against bacteria, fungi, and insects.
Comfrey oil is one of my all-time favorites for skin healing. Its an excellent source of vitamin B12 and allantoin! I make a comfrey oil infusion. Typically using olive or sunflower oil.

For a more informed look at Essential oils and herbs safe for horses, you can check out my Horse Training Journal which has essential oils and herbs for horses guide


Horse Training Journal with essential oil and herbs for horses guide! Plus DIY natural horse care recipes! #naturalhorsecare #farmhorses

Quick Note: How to make Herbal Infusions

If you don't know how It is super easy to make infusions. I typically make all my infusions on sunny days. I add I cup of dried herbs to a quart jar and 3 cups of the chosen oil. Let sit for a week in the sun and strain out. Its crazy good stuff. If it's not sunny or you need an infusion asap you can make it in a tiny crock pot. Let set on high for 4 hours or low overnight and strain. Ready to use!

The rest of the recipe

  • Most of us know the wonderful benefits ACV which is wonderful for Fungus, burns, wounds and skin infections! So it's a perfect element to add. 
  • Vegetable glycerin is soothing and reduces skin inflammation. 
  • Vitamin E is amazing for skin healing.

That's why I added these particular ingredients.
Now the recipe!

Rain Rot Horse Home Remedy Spray

1/2 cup ACV 1/4 Cup Comfrey Oil
2 Cups of Water
1 Tsp. Vitamin E oil
20 Drops of Frankincense OIl
20 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
1/2 Cup Vegetable Glycerin

Herbal recipe for rain rot in horses and dogs


Mix all ingredients in a jar and shake well. Pour into a spray bottle. Shake vigorously before applying to the affected area. This helps keep my horses free of nasty rain rot during rainy times.
I tend to use as a preventative on the horses I know love to stand in the rain more than others for an ounce of prevention!
 I've not had a problem with rain rot since I started using this formula.
I hope it helps your horses like it has mine!

**Rain rot can also occur in dogs, donkeys, and other livestock, especially for those of us living in a humid climate. This can be used on any livestock and dogs for various skin conditions. I've also used it on my donkeys for dry itchy skin irritations.
My horses also LOVE to get in the pond and creeks at the first sign of warmth! Also doesn't help but they sure do love it!
Rain rot in horses DIY herbal remedy! #horses #naturalhorsecare

Other Herbal recipes for natural horse care I make

Fly season is right around the corner! For another great natural FREE  DIY recipe for your horses or other livestock check out my Homemade Horse Fly Repellent

Don't forget If you'd like these recipes and more DIY herbal recipes for horses with a training journal, health record sheet, AND an essential oil and herbal horse guide you can get one here Equine Training Journal with many Bonus pages!

I worked hard on this journal and it has been such a help to me with managing my horses and donkeys I'm really excited about it as you can probably tell! 😃

Other Happenings on the farm!

Change of subjects!!! Spring is coming fast! I've got my early tomatoes up and now my snow peas and radishes are coming up too! Lots of other seeds are started and up in the greenhouse!

I've only got this small greenhouse that my husband bought me for Christmas the first year we moved to the farm. Its been a great germination starter for early seeds, I've used it do sun infuse herbal oils and plant dyes, I've used it as a dehydrator and even to dry freshly washed wool for spinning yarn! 
Just goes to show you don't have to spend a lot of money on a greenhouse to have a useful one! This one has stood up to the weather for 8 years now! This year was the first year we had to replace a few panels. We got it from Harbor Freight.
I feel its important to say I'm not an affiliate! This is just a really good little greenhouse for the money and I wanted to share this because it's worked well on our homestead!! With so many people recommending products they don't even own because they get a commission it's sometimes hard to know what is a real recommendation these days! But here it is at my back deck! Love this little greenhouse!

Perfect greenhouse for diverse small homestead! #homesteader #homesteadgarden


Though I do dream of high tunnels sometime... I've been able to grow all our veggies all year without one so far. Anyone out there ever built one of those cattle panel high tunnels? That's what I'd really like to add!!! It is on the 'garden project list' with so much other stuff!!! 🤣

I have lots of ideas pinned on my boards if you'd like to check them out here Homestead Pinterest Boards

I love a good DIY!
Hope you have a blessed week!


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