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sweet like candy

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ringworm

MY horse caught ringworm off another horse on the yard. He's never had it before and i'm not really sure how i am supposed to clean his rugs.  I have been told to disinfect his stable and brushes etc andI am going to use Virkon S for this but I dont now what to do with his rugs. I cant put them in the washing machine at home and the way the weather is at the moment I couldnt let them soak in a bin as they would freeze.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated :)

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brook

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brook says:

Re: ringworm

sorry to hear that your horse has ringworm, the rug issue is a difficult one as whatever you do this time of year you will have an awful job getting them dry. Could you have them professionally cleaned and maybe wash the fleeces and lightweights at home, I can just about manage to get a lightweight in my washing machine and I can get a fleece in, make sure that you brush off most of the dried mud and bedding etc first though as your washing machine will end up a bit of a mess ! Or you could try washing the smaller rugs in the sink and then put them on a fast spin then onto a clothes horse to dry.

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sweet like candy

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Re: ringworm

thank you, it is very annoying that he has it. it so horrible. I was thinking about getting them professionally cleaned but i wasnt sure if they would do it with him having ringworm. i guess i should ask them. I could probably get the coolers in the washing machine so i might try that. would washing them in washing powder be enough to kill the virus though? Plus i dont want to transfer it to my clothes either.

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brook

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brook says:

Re: ringworm

Yep, I see what you mean, you obviously don't want it on your clothes ! Why don't you phone your vet and ask their advice or maybe google it and see what info you can get. Sorry can't advise you really as I've never had to deal with this, good luck and I hope that it clears up soon.

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abbieandfiona

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Re: ringworm

 I sent all my rugs away to be washed added them in black bags mine has skin infection not ringworm but it was the same treatment for her reaction to something in the field she was in.

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beckaroo

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beckaroo says:

Re: ringworm

just be careful - you're very very likely to get it too! ringworm is really easy for us to catch, it's a fungal infection and is itchy and uncomfortable - I've caught it from horses and calves! I'd send them away to get professionally cleaned - ringworm's a nightmare!

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sweet like candy

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Re: ringworm

thank you for all your advice. Yea i've heard it's really easy for us to catch it, my boyfriend caught it off a calf last year. I think I'll give the rug cleaning place a call and see what they say. Thanks again :)

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triciasolo

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triciasolo says:

Re: ringworm

Ringworm is also in the environment - and I mean everywhere!  it is almost impossible to eradicate it from your stable enviroment and you are doing the right thing in trying to reduce the risk of reinfection.  What I am trying to say is don't lose too much sleep over it.  It is a very easy and cheap condition to treat should he get reinfected.  My horse had it once - i just treated him, and to date it has never returned.

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xmellensx

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xmellensx says:

Re: ringworm

Ringworm is said to be in soil too... So It's worth keeping an eye on the rest of the herd in the shared paddock..

"Why walk, when we can Gallop?"

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