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    03-04-2012, 03:32 AM
Some sort of skin fungus?

A few days ago, I was at the ranch and saw that my pony had a little hairless scabby area on the side of his head where the knot on his rope halter might sit. I figured that he had been turned out and something or other happened. When I came back today, it had grown, and there was another small spot on his chest. My trainer said it was a fungus, and to scrub it with anti-fungal shampoo every day.. Don't touch other horses, it's highly contagious, etc..
So, I scrubbed it with anti fungal shampoo and rinsed it off, and the hair and scabs on on the side of his face came off, but his chest is still scabby. It seemed extremely itchy and he was trying to rub his face on anything that he could. I trust my trainer, but not more so than a vet, or than the opinion of more than one person. Should I call the vet, or is there anything else I should be doing? I'm just confused because so far, he seems to be the only one with this at the ranch.
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    03-06-2012, 04:32 AM
No one? I'm still just washing it with anti fungal shampoo, though the spot on the side of his face is just a large, hairless area now. No scabs or anything, just skin. It seems to be bothering him more, and the skin is cracking, so I put corona ointment over both places after I washed them.. Is there anything else I could be doing for this? I'm not sure exactly what it is so I'm not sure how to treat it.
    03-06-2012, 04:40 AM
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You should really consult a vet. What looks like fungus could actually be a million other things - scabies or even lice, to start with.
    03-10-2012, 01:27 PM
similar issue here....

We've got a similar situation-what we first thought was rain rot turns out it's not. The vets weren't concerned so i'm just treating with medicated shampoo-with anitfungal properties-and I have a medicated anti-fungal spray that we spray on the areas twice a day. We've gone from clumps of hair falling off and leaving bare skin to nice hair regrowth. We know it was/is fungal and the anti-fungal shampoo and sprays are helping. Also are brushing her twice daily-as she's shedding-and we have quite a supply of brushes-using certain brushes only on the areas those particular tools are 'assigned' to and soaking them in bleach/water after every use. I think we've 'killed' whatever this growth was as all areas are cleared up and regrowing hair now-knock on wood. The spray is the Vetericyn spray-a bit expensive, but I'm very impressed with it, and the shampoo, well, I don't know the name, I just read the labels on every shampoo at the feed store until I found one with anti-fungal properties. No clue what it was, and our vet didn't seem concerned with it while she was there, so as i'm getting good results will continue on this path until i'm BEYOND sure we've killed it all. I like the vetericyn as it says it won't harm healthy tissue! Good luck with yours-i hope it resolves soon! :)
    03-10-2012, 01:41 PM
Photo?.. could be Dermatophilus congolensis
    03-10-2012, 10:10 PM
You should post a photo!
It could possibly be ringworm. That occurs around the head and harnessed areas.....the lesions are hairless and slightly scaly. Fulvicin and iodine products are helpful in treatment.
    03-11-2012, 03:28 PM
We had the fungusamungus about 4 years ago. Two of my three horses got it. Vet gave us some anti-fungal shampoo and we bathed them every day for about three days, and also washed saddle pads and brushes in the stuff. Unfortunately it's pretty toxic, but it did clear up immediately after that.

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