How can I stop my horse getting ringworm?

Ringworm can linger in wood for years which means your horse can catch it from leaning over fences for a long period of time, with Pool House Equine Clinic Vet Gil Riley, we find out more.

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Q: Someone's horse on my yard has ringworm. How can I stop my horse from getting it?

A: Ringworm is a contagious fungal condition that’s spread from horse to horse.

In addition, it can survive for up to 12 years in timber so your horse can catch it from stables or even fences that have previously been rubbed on by infected horses.

Horses showing the condition should be separated from others and washed with an effective anti-fungal wash at least three or four times with four days between each wash.

Tack should also be washed and your horse’s stable thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Monitor your horse closely and if a hairless patch does develop your vet will be able to take a pluck of hair and culture it to confirm whether ringworm is present or nor.

Either way, you should always start doing the anti-fungal washes if another horse has ringworm on the yard.

Ringworm can have an incubation period or up to six weeks, which is the time between contraction of the condition and showing signs, so monitoring your horse is imperative.