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    09-20-2010, 08:15 PM
body clipping and sunburn....

Hi! I have two adorable minis. One is a palomino, the other is a black and white pinto. I body clipped them today (I blanket when the temps get 55 degrees or under...I am in SoFla so relief from the heat is important). Do I need to worry about sunburn? Maybe just for the first week or two after clipping? Neither one of them is "pink." They are black around their eyes and their muzzles. The pinto's skin does appear pink on his body, on the parts that are white.

I would hate to stall them, they roam the paddocks all day, with their stall doors open and fans on in the stalls in case they want shelter/cool air. I will do it, though, if it will protect their skin.

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    09-20-2010, 09:22 PM
The white skin where the white hair is will burn if they are exposed to too many hours of sun. I don't know how short you clipped them lol, but I would just take caution that they could get burned.
    09-20-2010, 10:29 PM
I use a 10blade to clip my horses legs for the shows and he has three white socks. He only goes to turn out evey once in a while for only like an hour sometimes two and his whites get burned so I just bought baby sun screen and rubbed them on his legs and nose.
    09-21-2010, 03:32 PM
Ohhh, I clipped them super short! They have been out all day, now I am worried. More about the paint than the palomino (like I said, his skin is black under his coat, the paint has white with pink skin underneath.)

So using suncreen can really help? I have a fly spray with suncreen in it, wonder if that is enough?
    09-21-2010, 04:51 PM
I would just get industrial sized bottle of good sunscreen from Cosco and give the pink parts a good covering until they have a more 'normal' coat length again for protection.

I can see your point with clipping them though, those ponies can get so woolly it's unbelievable
    09-21-2010, 05:45 PM
Thanks, twogeldings. I will do that!

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