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post #1 of 42 Old 05-01-2011, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Help for a sun-burned nose!

My poor baby's nose look to be sun-burned!

I just recently brought him home, and had no idea that the sun would do that to his nose. I feel awful.

How can I help soothe the burns that are there and help to prevent future burning?

Also he has a sore where it looks like the halter buckle has rubbed him raw on his cheek area. His halter seems to fit him correctly.
What could this be from? And how to I fix and prevent the problem?
(I usually leave his halter on 24/7)

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post #2 of 42 Old 05-01-2011, 05:33 PM
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Hi there! Sunburn usually strikes horses with bald faces or very white markings. I don't know how to treat it as of now, but there is such a thing as "horse sunscreen" which works well on noses. Even baby sunblock would work! Just make sure not to slop in on there but try to apply it daily! Also fly sheets and face masks work to protect from the sun. The sore from the halter must be irritated and it will probably continue to worsen unless you try a different style halter or stop using it as much. I hope I helped!
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post #3 of 42 Old 05-02-2011, 07:31 AM
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Any type of moisturiser should help, especially if it has Aloe Vera in it, as it has great healing properties. Like Sierra said, suncream should help prevent it in future, as would limiting mid-day turn out, from about 11am-2pm on the really hot days :)
As for the halter rub, I would not use it unless absolutely necessary until it's totally healed, and then not use it 24/7 after that, and hopefully that will stop it rubbing so much. That will also lessen the chances him catching himself up if he's not wearing it when he's turned out.
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post #4 of 42 Old 05-03-2011, 08:58 AM
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I have used baby sunscreen and desitin before on white noses to keep them from burning :) Even though our mare has a black nose we still keep some sunscreen in our grooming kit just in case!
Also, unless your horse is hard to catch I wouldn't leave the halter on 24/7. I know that it works for some people/horses but not all of them. If it's rubbing his face it could be that it doesnt fit quite right or maybe his skin is thin or sensitive.
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post #5 of 42 Old 05-04-2011, 01:18 AM
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I have used baby sunscreen and desitin before on white noses to keep them from burning :) Even though our mare has a black nose we still keep some sunscreen in our grooming kit just in case!
Also, unless your horse is hard to catch I wouldn't leave the halter on 24/7. I know that it works for some people/horses but not all of them. If it's rubbing his face it could be that it doesnt fit quite right or maybe his skin is thin or sensitive.
Very much agreed also a&d ointment is very good. I have a appy and his noise always gets burned b/c of how pink it is. And for the rubbing of the halter even if it is fitted properly they rub there faces during the day, it takes one instance they rub to hard and something nick's them from the halter. My horse is in full turn out and only comes in in cold or harsh weather but the dangers of having a halter on while in turn out can be horrific.
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post #6 of 42 Old 05-04-2011, 03:52 AM
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We have a mare that gets sunburned in the face. Try a face mask with UV protection. Ours works great.
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post #7 of 42 Old 05-05-2011, 07:20 AM
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I have two horses with pink noses, I use kids sunscreen. It needs to be a good type (I use garnier) that's higher in spf ie 30-50 and water resistant. So far I haven't had any sunburn on their noses but I would use a moisturer with aloe vera if they did. If its seriously strong sun I put them in the path between the field so they are in the shade which is really important in the high heat. One thing that's really important is knowing the sun protection your field gives you.
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post #8 of 42 Old 05-06-2011, 02:56 PM
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We use this alavera stuff in a spray can that is for sunburns and it works realy well. I think it is by bannana boat.

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post #9 of 42 Old 05-06-2011, 03:34 PM
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poor horsy that suck my horse gets that also! I put nature's aid on it. Its works wonders and its all natural lol (for when the nose is already burned ) but to prevent it I put sunsreen on there nose every morning

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post #10 of 42 Old 05-07-2011, 11:35 PM
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Yup you can use any sunscreen with zinc oxide. I would try just putting plain aloe gel on his nose for now. My horse has a sensitive nose too! I know some fly sprays have SPF in them too
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