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post #11 of 39 Old 05-22-2013, 08:56 AM
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My paint is mostly white with pink skin. His nose gets burned sometimes if the sun is unrelenting, but nothing too bad. He used to be stained an awful orange color due to the red clay at the place that I got him from, but now that he's on grass and real dirt, he doesn't get the stains. He still gets dirty, but the mud dries and brushes off easily, especially since he is well fed and has a slick coat. If you keep his coat conditioned and don't have a clay pit for a pasture, the only time he will ever be really dirty is the morning before you try to go off to a show! Overall IMO if you like the horse and he is a good fit for you, buy him. Just think of the extra grooming as extra quality time! Also, blue shampoo = white horses.
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post #12 of 39 Old 05-22-2013, 09:42 AM
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Our Belgian has a lovely blaze with pink skin on his nose that sunburns easily. The best thing I've found is good old diaper cream. It's got the zinc oxide to block the rays and it's so thick I only have to apply it every 2-3 days.
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post #13 of 39 Old 05-22-2013, 09:45 AM
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Forgot about the pink nose...I use a long fly mask to cover his nose, and put generic Desitin on it. He ends up with blisters on his nose from the sun and dew combo. The fly mask keeps the sun off of it, the Desitin keeps the moisture from contact.


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post #14 of 39 Old 05-23-2013, 01:26 AM
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My horse is fairly neat and stays mostly white looking most of the time. Even mud, once it dries, comes off of him pretty easily. He's also cremello instead of really "white" so he also has just a little golden tinge to him that I think also helps mask some dirt.

The worst part of having a white horse with pink skin is being able to see how dirty they actually are when you do decide to bathe them It's very obvious if even a little bit of dirt is left behind when they're wet (but once the fur dries you can't tell anymore)
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post #15 of 39 Old 05-23-2013, 01:30 AM
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Orvus is your friend with light/white horses. It's a livestock shampoo and gets even dirty, poop-stained white dazzlingly bright white again.
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post #16 of 39 Old 05-23-2013, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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I have never heard of Orvus I will have to look it up.
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post #17 of 39 Old 05-23-2013, 03:02 PM
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I love that horse, and hope you get him before anyone else does!!! Please let us know how it goes.
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post #18 of 39 Old 05-23-2013, 03:11 PM
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Yes especially in the winter
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post #19 of 39 Old 05-23-2013, 03:50 PM
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I firmly believe that all white horses seek out the dirtiest places to rill and lie down!!!
My grey (now nearly white horse) has black skin and never suffers from sunburn but my pinto who has a pink nose and pink around one eye gets burnt on those areas so she wears a full flymask that also protects from the sun and that solves her problem
I find that once it goes above 75F flysheets will make them sweat so a pink skinned horse would probably be best stabled during the day in hot sunny weather - a run in shed is fine if they have the sense to go and stay in them
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post #20 of 39 Old 05-23-2013, 05:05 PM
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I firmly believe that all white horses seek out the dirtiest places to rill and lie down!!!
My grey (now nearly white horse) has black skin and never suffers from sunburn but my pinto who has a pink nose and pink around one eye gets burnt on those areas so she wears a full flymask that also protects from the sun and that solves her problem
I find that once it goes above 75F flysheets will make them sweat so a pink skinned horse would probably be best stabled during the day in hot sunny weather - a run in shed is fine if they have the sense to go and stay in them
I have a heavy sweating horse (that stays very clean) and a light sweating horse (that gets dirty). They both wear the Kensington fly sheets with the neck all summer and never sweat. One for the dirt and white, the other for the reaction to bug bites...the show horse should not have welts all over her body! The fly sheets we use are much more expensive that most, but they're pretty airy and for some reason, neither horse every gets sweaty. Both are out in the heat of the day too, because of the turnout schedule.


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