Friday, 30 September 2016

All About ... Ringworm

What is it

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin which is highly contagious.  It can transfer to humans.


  • Tufts of raised hair - these may be circular 
  • Hair falls out about 10 days after infection 
  • Hair loss leaves moist lesions which may be spotted with blood 
  • May be scabs 
  • Itching

Sites are usually on the head, girth and shoulders.


Fungus is spread in many ways. 
  • Flies, mosquitoes or other biting insects 
  • Contaminated boots, clothing, grooming kit, tack, from a person 
  • Horse to horse, fences which have been rubbed by an infected horse, by a handler


Ringworm can look similar to rainscald and other skin conditions so it is important to be vigilant.  A skin scraping can be taken which will be examined under a microscope for the ringworm spores.  


Horses are contagious for 3 weeks from time of infection.  Therefore it is vital to follow biosecurity measures to avoid spreading it further.  Isolation, do not share grooming brushes, tack, clothing etc.  Do not touch a healthy horse after touching an infected horse.  Do not turn out together.   

Once scabs and scurfy skin has been removed an anti-fungal solution can be applied - this may need to be reapplied several times.  All surfaces will need treating with an anti-fungal solution to totally eradicate the infection.

Horses with ringworm are not permitted to compete. 


Isolate new horses for 2-3 weeks.  If you suspect ringworm on another horse isolate immediately and implement biosecurity (hygiene) measures.

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