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    02-21-2013, 06:03 PM

So, one of our mares came in with ringworm on her side. We've been grooming her everyday, so it just appeared yesterday. The hair was falling out around it today. Don't really know where she got it, but I washed and bleached all our brushes today to try and not cross-contaminate.

We've been putting Clotrimazole 1% anti-fungal cream on it. Would anything else be needed to supplement it, or do we just wait until it runs its course for the next couple weeks?

My yearling is turned out with the mare. They don't touch or scratch each other, as the mare usually chases away the yearling if she gets too close. Should I be concerned about separating them to prevent the ringworm spreading, or will they be okay as long as they don't share the same brushes?

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    02-21-2013, 06:22 PM
I would be worried about leaving them together. Ringworm is highly contagious, and when I was working at a farm a few years back we kept the mare who got it separate from any other horse, along with making sure we didn't touch it at all. I forgot what we used, but it ran it's course and they were separated for a few weeks.
    02-24-2013, 07:22 PM
My horse had ringworm really bad when I frist got him. The only thing that got rid of it was iodine baths not just on the spots all over. Id put it on let it sit for about 15 min then washed it off. Did this 2 times a day for 2 weeks and it was gone never had it agin. Only thing is ended up giving the ringworm to my cat in the house. I even washed the horse with gloves on. I never got it but my cat did. Way harder to get rid of it on a long haired cat. Good luck hope this helps
    02-25-2013, 06:59 PM
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The best, easies and cheapest thing for clearing ringworm is good old vinegar!

Slosh that over the mare, dip your brushes in it and then brush the other horses.
I have seen many cases of ringworm and used all sorts of lotions and potions, yes, they work but not as fast as vinegar!
    02-25-2013, 07:03 PM
Athlete's foot ointment also clears it up in a jiffy! Learned that the hard way too, rode a horse with it bareback and in shorts (I didn't know at the time that he had it) and ended up with it right on my butt and down my legs. So embarrassing. it's very contagious so seperate them and clean your brushes thoroughly.
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    02-25-2013, 08:52 PM
My colt just had it, I put people ringworm cream on him and it went away really fast
    02-25-2013, 09:36 PM
Ringworm is highly contagious, and it can take a few weeks for symptom to appear after exposure. Ironically, it runs it's course it about 6 weeks or so (if animals are separated, and they do not continually cross-contaminate each other), but healing can be sped up with athlete's foot powder, etc. It can live on wood surfaces, as well as on tack, feeders, etc. so you'll want to disinfect that, as well as separate your horses. I just got over a case of it myself that I think I got from a cow...and my friend's horses got it recently too (unrelated cases).
    02-25-2013, 09:41 PM
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I've used Nu-Stock I believe on my goats and it worked really well. You will definitely want to wear gloves, though. It's a thick yellow cream that smells like sulphur and the smell lingers if you don't wear gloves.
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