Originally Posted by ARTEMISBLOSSOM
I am seriously considering buying another horse. He is a few spot appaloosa that looks completely white (I know it is not really white) except for a few dime sized spots. The horse fits all the criteria I am looking for except for his color. He would have access to a run in shelter but would basically be turned out 24/7. Are white horses a nightmare to keep somewhat clean? I am thinking I would need to put a fly mask on him all summer to shade his eyes a bit from the sun.....I would think a fly sheet might keep him cleaner but it would make him a lot hotter wouldn't it? Would I need to worry about sunburn on his body? My dark colored horses clean up quickly and don't seem overly bothered by the flys but I have no experience with horses of this color.
Some horses are pigs, some are clean. My gelding (chestnut app, blanket and roaning) is a pig lol! I have put his fly mask on. I generally keep a light sheet on him to keep him somewhat clean. His pen is pretty dirty and still drying up, so I expect him to be dirty when I get there haha. I find a thin sheet doesn't make him overly hot, or see any sweat marks when I remove it. A fly sheet should be fine, as it has tiny holes so it should breathe. We haven't really gotten hardcore into flies yet, so I've only been spraying him with fly spray, and now wearing the mask.
Is his muzzle mottled or pink? He may need sunscreen if his nose is pink.