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post #1 of 14 Old 07-28-2013, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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What in the world is THIS? *gross-ish pics*

While grooming Luca a few days ago, I noticed about five lumps on his butt. They felt like very large rain rot scabs, but when I inspected them, I noticed that they WERE scabs, bit they were filled with a light green sticky substance, pus maybe. I didn't want them to rub off painfully when Luca got his cover back on, so I took them off carefully. Here is a pic of the biggest one, half taken off, still hanging partly off. (click to enlarge)

And here is a close up of the sticky substance. Does anyone know what it is? I was thinking bot flies maybe or some sort of parasites but I'm really not sure. They didn't seem to be hurting him when I pressed around them.*


If you have any useful advice, please tell me!*


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post #2 of 14 Old 07-28-2013, 11:37 PM
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I had a horse arrive a few months ago with what looks like exactly the same thing, which was diagnosed by the vet as ringworm. Was treated successfully with miconazole (spelling??) cream and regularly spraying with iodine, as it is a fungal infection.
Very contagious to other horses, so make sure you do not use the same brushes or covers on any others you have
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-28-2013, 11:42 PM
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It is hard to tell from the photos, but I would treat it as Ringworm. Ringworm is a fungus but is wildly contagious, can spread to other species (people on occasion) and will spread on any brushes or equipment. The scabby kind of Ringworm usually presents with hard, round scabs that lift off with all of the hair attached and are wet and goopy underneath them. Sure sounds like what you have. Unlike Rain Rot, it does NOT respond to Vitamin A and very healthy horses can get very bad cases of it if it is not killed quickly. It is a true pathogen.

We treat it with 'Captan' a fungacide that can be bought at garden centers. Lysol concentrate works very well. Captan or diluted Clorox works well for soaking brushes. It is very difficult to get off of saddle pads and we have usually destroyed them after Ringworm showed its ugly face. Girths are very bad to spread it but Captan works well for them.

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post #4 of 14 Old 07-28-2013, 11:43 PM
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Yeah it does look like ringworm from what I can see. Very contagious, and we can pick it up, so wash well after grooming and don't share brushes etc! My housemate had ringworm once, it's easy to clear up but not pleasant while it's there.

Edit: Aaaaand as usual, Cherie beats me to it and is so much more comprehensive, clear and helpful that I just want to go hide in a dark hole Cherie - I've only ever seen it on people and on horses that weren't in my care, I never thought about the fungus remaining on saddlepads! Urgh.

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Cats also get it. It is nasty stuff. I have not had it since I quit training outside horses. With a public stable and a hundred or more visiting mares a year coming in, it was a constant struggle to keep it out.

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I had a horse arrive a few months ago with what looks like exactly the same thing, which was diagnosed by the vet as ringworm. Was treated successfully with miconazole (spelling??) cream and regularly spraying with iodine, as it is a fungal infection.
Very contagious to other horses, so make sure you do not use the same brushes or covers on any others you have
Good luck!
I was going to say it actually looked like a puncture wound. Your diagnosis sounds more appropriate than the one I had.
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I can just imagine the fun of trying to treat a cat... :/ If there was one thing I was always fussy out when Brock was in a big barn, it was that his brushes and hoofpick were HIS and no borrowing. I would rather lend my helmet than lend his grooming stuff. Although, we have a house full of people with headlice at the moment, so perhaps not...
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Ewwww, itchy again, kill it!!!
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to check on the leftover stuff on his bum really soon, so I'll keep you updated. Eek, ringworm!


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Wear disposable gloves if you can! :)
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