Equine Ailments - A to Z
Ringworm - highly contagious disease (in people as well as animals) Spread from horse to horse, or by mediate contagion as from gates, railings, grooming kit, saddlery etc or from human contact by hands, arms, clothing etc. It is a fungus characterized by round, raised areas on the skin that grow and spread, bursting and becoming scabby. Modern drugs have helped greatly in the control of this disease.
Treatment – Requires skilled veterinary attention. Isolate the horse and treat as directed by your vet. Clean all tack, rugs etc to prevent further infection. A vet will prescribe systemic antibiotics; antibiotic skin washes may also be used.