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Spurring marks?
A rub and impaled something now festering?


Check very, very carefully for a holes, abraded skin, a small rip or tear....
Festering it appears...don't pop it but try using some drawing salve if you see any abrasions, holes, etc to draw out what may have gone in.
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It could be a whole lot of things. If it doesn't start to improve on its own soon, get it looked at.
 

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Not being able to put my hands on it, can't tell if the hair is sticking straight up or is it hairless? I can't seem to get good resolution of the pic. What I can see is the vein to the left of the lump is easy to see. To the right of the lump, the vein disappears. Is this marked area swelling of the vein itself?
 

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Thank you everyone. We think it might be fungal related and I'm on my way to Fleet Farm after work for ... umm... I forgot my phone at home today and the name of the medication escapes me without it... its three letters. At first it looked like one welt, just raised skin. But then it got a little larger and crusty. I'm hoping the vein leading to it isn't anything.
 

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Ringworm is my suspicion. The hair and skin debris and dirt will crust up together. The actual fungus lives in, and consumes, the hair. You can peel it off if it crusts over. Will be about the size of a quarter, maybe a little bigger. Skin beneath may look a little raw.

IF that's what it is, just peel it off to expose the skin beneath to air. Don't be surprised if there's a little pus. Clean the area well with soap and water, then scrub with iodine. Be sure to wash your hands, and don't touch anything more than you have to as humans can get them too (Knock on wood, I personally haven't had a ringworm spot since I was a kid and I handle horses with them on the regular, it's just par for the course around here in the summer). Outback, bless her baby filly heart, was ate up with ringworm and rain rot last summer. I gave her a literal sponge bath in iodine and peroxide last October. Cleared it up, but the scabby stuff stayed in her baby hair and it was impossible to curry out. She felt so gross to touch. Poor girl. Once she shed out all her baby hair this spring/summer she's not had ringworm or rain rot again.
 
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Ringworm is my suspicion. The hair and skin debris and dirt will crust up together. The actual fungus lives in, and consumes, the hair. You can peel it off if it crusts over. Will be about the size of a quarter, maybe a little bigger. Skin beneath may look a little raw.

IF that's what it is, just peel it off to expose the skin beneath to air. Don't be surprised if there's a little pus. Clean the area well with soap and water, then scrub with iodine. Be sure to wash your hands, and don't touch anything more than you have to as humans can get them too (Knock on wood, I personally haven't had a ringworm spot since I was a kid and I handle horses with them on the regular, it's just par for the course around here in the summer). Outback, bless her baby filly heart, was ate up with ringworm and rain rot last summer. I gave her a literal sponge bath in iodine and peroxide last October. Cleared it up, but the scabby stuff stayed in her baby hair and it was impossible to curry out. She felt so gross to touch. Poor girl. Once she shed out all her baby hair this spring/summer she's not had ringworm or rain rot again.

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!
 

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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.




 

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I've been washing and spraying it twice a day. Not an easy task. He is great about it, its just my crazy schedule. After just the first treatment it even dried up some. I'm hopeful with it looking better (although barely noticeable) each time that I wont have to worry about treating bacteria/infection. I'd call a vet at that point since I know you have to be as proactive as possible at that point. Its starting to already grow hair although still all open. Maybe two inches in diameter. He has lots of scuff marks on him. Likely some from his pasture mates and some from trying to find places to escape. He was the only one last spring that got out.....three times. They have the electric rope type fence. So I've been spraying all his scuff marks as well just because. I figure that's how it started. Just rolling in the pasture or from another horse. There are eight of them in his, I don't know them all. I'd want another horse to be stalled so mine didn't get it, so I keep wondering if I should be polite and ask for him to be stalled. I've been told it isn't necessary. Which is nice since it takes weeks. And I read it can stay active for something like three years?! He moves September 17th so I'm hoping it isn't noticeable by then. He had like a six day abscess a few months ago so I'm hoping he is a quick healer!
 

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I've been washing and spraying it twice a day. Not an easy task. He is great about it, its just my crazy schedule. After just the first treatment it even dried up some. I'm hopeful with it looking better (although barely noticeable) each time that I wont have to worry about treating bacteria/infection. I'd call a vet at that point since I know you have to be as proactive as possible at that point. Its starting to already grow hair although still all open. Maybe two inches in diameter. He has lots of scuff marks on him. Likely some from his pasture mates and some from trying to find places to escape. He was the only one last spring that got out.....three times. They have the electric rope type fence. So I've been spraying all his scuff marks as well just because. I figure that's how it started. Just rolling in the pasture or from another horse. There are eight of them in his, I don't know them all. I'd want another horse to be stalled so mine didn't get it, so I keep wondering if I should be polite and ask for him to be stalled. I've been told it isn't necessary. Which is nice since it takes weeks. And I read it can stay active for something like three years?! He moves September 17th so I'm hoping it isn't noticeable by then. He had like a six day abscess a few months ago so I'm hoping he is a quick healer!
 
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