Ringworm in Horses and Other Animals
The Last Ride Arizona discusses Ringworm in Horses and solutions
Ringworm is a skin condition that can affect horses as well as items within their environment. A contagious fungal infection of the skin, ringworm can be spread by both direct and indirect contact. As such, Ringworm in Horses or other animals that are infected with ringworm should be isolated whenever possible with strict hygiene measures adopted in order to prevent the spread of the infection.
Often circular in shape, ringworm lesions can vary in size and density. The infections typically show as tufts of raised hair that eventually falls off and leaves behind weeping lesions. Areas commonly affected include the head, neck, saddle and girth regions.
Since the horse’s immediate environment can also become infected, bedding material should be destroyed when an infection is detected. The stable and all tack and equipment should also be washed thoroughly with a fungal disinfectant.
While ringworm is not likely to cause death in your horse or other animals, it can cause extreme discomfort and can lead to additional infections if not treated properly. Even with the best care, however, the worst case scenario is possible. If you find it necessary to put your horse down for any reason, contact The Last Ride Arizona for assistance with carcass removal.