We do suspect ringworm now as well and I'm treating him for it. Thanks! I bought him today but his previous owner's dad is dating a large animal vet...lol... and she said ringworm as well and the Kote I got at Fleet Farm is garbage and to use a human fungal spray instead. I'm so worried I'm going to get it too! ha UCK!
I haven't had it since I was a kid/early teens, and then it didn't come from a horse. I was walking through tall, dewy grass, got one on my ankle. I wouldn't stress it too much, just be sure to wash your hands once you're done doctoring your horse.
Pix below are from the Outback Rain Rot Misery Thread
from last autumn. It's hot and humid here until late October, sometimes November, so it was an ongoing problem for her with that long, very thick baby hair that just. didn't. want to shed out, and coupled with the fact her momma was a rude, kicking biting heifer, we couldn't do much with or for Outback until we got rid of momma this spring. Even after she was weaned, if momma was on the place, and in separate pastures, Outback would want to act just like her.
Anyway... needless to say she ended up with bad ringworm and rain rot, but the hair was so thick, it wouldn't shed off like it usually does with either fungus, so it just got exponentially worse as summer rolled into autumn.
You'll notice bot fly eggs in her 'fur' as well. We couldn't even get her wormed because of her momma in those days.
There's a lot of good advice in that thread, and it was invaluable for me to have. Our vet backed the advice given and sent us home with a bottle of 11% Iodine, which I mixed with peroxide and scrubbed Outback down with it the day of the pictures. Spent a LOT of time peeling the infected places off. She had a lot of pus under those areas. NORMALLY ringworm is nothing to get real worked up about so far as how it impacts health. If you're showing though? Yeah, that's a problem. All our horses picked it up this summer, but just one or two spots, here and there. Their coats are all real slick and short, so there was no infection set in since the air could get to them. I'd watch once the winter hair comes in, but the days are still warm - then it could be a problem with thicker hair if it returns.