a skin infection caused by persistent saturation

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Harriet ran a riding and livery stables, but occasionally someone would tell her a sad story of an animal that needed help, and before she knew it, she’d find herself with yet another mouth to feed. Sherbet had been left in a field with no shelter and only a matted old rug for protection. He had developed rainscald, a skin infection caused by persistent saturation, and his back and quarters had been covered in sores. Now the skin was healing and the hair growing back, and Harriet was delighted.
Source: The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis

I do not understand the meaning of saturation in relation to rainscald. Does the author mean persistent moisture?




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