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    06-10-2008, 04:09 PM
Ring Worm

My horse has developed ring worm in her face. I have been told that covering the infected area with vasaline stops the worms from breathing and forces them to come out therefore getting rid of it. Has anybody got anyother tips
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    06-10-2008, 04:28 PM
Found this on a website that I thought was interesting:

"Ringworm is not actually a worm, but is a fungal infection. Young horses are particularly at risk, but it can affect horses of any age. Initial symptoms include circular tufted areas of hair, about inch in diameter; then the hair will fall out to reveal scaly skin which may become infected with pus.

Ringworm can spread very easily and the fungi can survive for at least a year in stalls, trailers, wooden fences, tack and grooming equipment. Anywhere that infected hair may reside is a potential source of contamination when another horse rubs against the infected hair. Ringworm is spread through the hair.

Treatment involves isolating affected horses, clipping all around infected areas (properly dispose of infected hair) and treat with any fungicidal dressing. You can also give anti-fungal meds in feed.

Use protective gloves when treating because it can occasionally be transferred to humans.

Disinfect all equipment, tack, wooden fences, trailers; anything that has been in contact with infected horsehair and or anything an equine might rub on. Use a power washer.

I have not had any ringworm in more than 15 years (knock on wood), so I cannot recommend any particular anti-fungal. There are many good anti-fungal products on the market today and I am sure any would suffice. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation."
    06-10-2008, 04:55 PM
Thank you very much for this information I am shocked at the difference of storys I have heard. Thank you very much for the information I am definitely going to purchase some of the ringworming products
    06-10-2008, 09:42 PM
Definitly get the vet stuff. Its not something you want to mess about with home remedies for. I had a cat get ringworm and had to isolate her from other animals. The horses have never had it *knocking on wood too* Did she get it from another horse? I know it can sometimes be caused by a weakened immune system.
    06-11-2008, 11:23 AM
Yep, ringworm is a fungal infection. It's often treated simply by cleaning the areas with betadine scrub or solution daily. Other optionns are anti-fungal creams. It can take up to 3 weeks or more to clear an infection.

This is a good example of how misleading information from other horse owners and the internet can be.

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