Published in the August 2008, edition of the Western Horse Review.
Recognizing ringworm, explained by Dr. James Carmalt is an associate professor of equine surgery in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. He is
a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American Board.
The horse should be bathed with an anti-fungal medication. Unfortunately, ringworm is incredibly contagious to other horses. Strict measures should be taken to ensure that feed and water buckets, tack, grooming equipment, etc., are not shared. The horse’s caregiver should wear gloves to ensure that the fungal infection isn’t inadvertently transferred to another horse.
Ringworm is a self-limiting disease, meaning that the horse will get over it in time. While the fungal infection isn’t usually transmissible to humans (unlike other species), it can occur and precautions should be taken.