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  • Will ringworm on blankets eventually die
  • Clorox to treat wood surfaces of ringworm fungus on equine fence

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    03-04-2013, 10:03 AM
  #21
Foal
Wait. Did you say she got it from cows? Is anyone treating the cows for this as well? You must treat ALL the animals with ringworm in order to break the cycle, not just your horse. And, no visible 'ring' doesn't mean that other animals don't have the fungus, it just means that it doesn't show--yet.
     
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    03-04-2013, 12:14 PM
  #22
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Sweeney Road    
Wait. Did you say she got it from cows? Is anyone treating the cows for this as well? You must treat ALL the animals with ringworm in order to break the cycle, not just your horse. And, no visible 'ring' doesn't mean that other animals don't have the fungus, it just means that it doesn't show--yet.
The cows had it a while ago, they got rid of it... but it was left on the fence line, Breeze always stuck her head over the fence and stuff. I am trying teatree oil for her, if that doesn't work, I will try apple cyder vinegar or toothpaste! That is what the BO said to try...

I also washed all my brushes in bleach, all my buckets, farm jacket, gloves, halters and lead ropes...

I am still needing to wash my leather halter, but don't know how, will minks oil help? And my bareback pad, which I don't think I need to wash, because it never came in contact with her affected areas (the face) but I am washing it anyways, which I will hand wash.
     
    03-04-2013, 12:19 PM
  #23
Yearling
EVERYTHING that has come in contact with the ring worm needs to be disenfected. The cows probably still have it if they have not been treated. A bacterium like that doesn't just "go away". Especially on hard surfaces that don't have an immune system to get rid of it.
     
    03-04-2013, 02:10 PM
  #24
Yearling
The cows were treated for it, but the BO said it was probably still on the fence line. I am treating Breeze, the cows no longer have it, and I am disinfecting everything I have that has been in contact with her.
     
    03-05-2013, 01:37 AM
  #25
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
Thank you, I will ask if I can seperate her, but there are cows in every other pen... if I seperate her she will give it to the cows, the cows will give it back to her (the cows gave it to her first over the fence)
This is how horses usually get ringworm - from the cows.

What you can do which is really easy is to wash her well with Nizoral shampoo - it contains Ketaconiol which is DEATH to ringworm very fast. Dilute the shampoo with hand hot water and lather up well, scrape excess off and then allow to dry - don't rinse. On the really affected areas spot dab the Nizoral neat. It is very important to wash the whole horse as Ringworm - which is a fungus spreads by ejecting spores outwards increasing the size of the circle.

While it will eventually die out it can make a hell of a mess of your horse in the meantime! You can also catch it so when you buy the Nizoral buy one for your self too and while your horse still has active ringworm shower daily washing with the Nizoral instead of shower gel. If you get any intensely itchy patches then buy some Micreme H and apply to the itchy area several times daily. Your clothes and grooming kit can be washed and then rinsed with Canestan In Wash rinse. You can also use this on headcollars and tack.

To helop him recover add 1 cup freshly ground flaxseed to his feed - this will help the quality of his coat after. A supplement with Zinc and Copper in it will also improve general skin health.
     
    03-05-2013, 08:21 AM
  #26
Weanling
I HATE ringworm! My horse got it last year from our cows and it took a loooong time to get rid of it. It will go away by itself but it takes a long time. Being out in direct sunlight will make it go away eventually. We never treated our cattle and it did go away although it took a few months. I treated my horse with Tinactin (Athlete's Foot cream) twice a day and it still took a while to go away but it did go away faster than it did with the cows who were untreated. You can also use iodine or bleach. Other than being itchy and looking disgusting it doesn't really harm the animal...I should know I've had it before :) Unfortunately, the spores can survive for years in brushes, halters, blankets, and even in your barn..really any dry environment. Knock on wood we have very very little ringworm this year and only in the young stock that didn't get it last year.
Good luck!
     
    03-05-2013, 08:43 AM
  #27
Showing
I'd sure like to know how my arab got it as I'd owned him several years, he was partnered with a horse that hadn't left the property in 5 years nor had others been here. But it was in the early spring and he was a wooly bear. Does the fungus live in the soil and wait for the right conditions to hitch a ride?
     
    03-05-2013, 09:07 AM
  #28
Weanling
I have heard that in rare cases you can get it from prolonged exposure to highly infected soil...but again I think that's rarely the case. Usually it's contact with an animal that has it or contact with something that the "crusts" have gotten rubbed off on.
     
    03-05-2013, 12:04 PM
  #29
Weanling
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Originally Posted by laurapratt01    
I have heard that in rare cases you can get it from prolonged exposure to highly infected soil...but again I think that's rarely the case. Usually it's contact with an animal that has it or contact with something that the "crusts" have gotten rubbed off on.
If you have foxes or other animals that wander through the paddocks your horse can catch it from them too - it is highly contagious.

Ringworm is very debilitating, so treatment is essential to leave it untreated is unkind to the horse - it itches like hell and everytime they itch themselves on a post/tree/stable door they leave behind some spores. - as I said in an earlier post Nizoral Shampoo is the best method to use.

Last time I had Ringworm I caught it off a tiny kitten that I rescued from the streets. We washed both me and the kitten with the Nizoral and treated the actual spots with Micreme H.
     
    03-05-2013, 12:07 PM
  #30
Yearling
Thank you guys so much! You have helped a lot. I have already washed all my grooming stuff, and halters and leads... all I need to wash now is my leather halter (which was not on her for a while, but I am not taking any chances) which I will rub in minks oil.

I cannot bathe her yet though, because of the cold, it is still minus tempatures here, only the occasional day where it is 5-10 C.

The only affected area is her head, I have checked all over her body, and has no hair loss anywhere else. I am not grooming her with my grooming stuff because I don't want to spread it. I am very surprised that the other 2 horses that are in with her 24/7 have not gotten it, and they are always bickering and rubbing up against each other.
     

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