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post #21 of 39 Old 05-23-2013, 10:11 PM
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I have a mostly white appyx. As someone else said about their white horse, she stays pretty "blinding white" clean in the summer b/c of the difference in the length and fullness of the coat ..the winter coat will collect more dirt, but it comes right off. Not to mention one is far more inclined to give them a bath in the summer than winter. ;) For other small stains I just spot spray it w miracle groom...always comes right out. She is pink skinned. I use a flymask and sunblock (nose only). However, she has never sunburned to my knowledge and I have been pretty vigilant about inspecting, and besides - she stays cooler than a black horse would. :)

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post #22 of 39 Old 05-24-2013, 08:37 AM
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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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post #23 of 39 Old 05-24-2013, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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I think I read somewhere that some fly sheets have UV protection that actually keeps them cooler than without a sheet. Is that true? Oh and yes I bought him. I will go pick him up around the 7th of June. I am very excited!!
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post #24 of 39 Old 05-24-2013, 09:25 AM
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Heres my mostly white gal. She stays like this 24/7 and on both sides. However she is by far the easiest to clean up. For whatever reason her coat doesnt stain very much. You just brush the dirt off and you got a white horse back. If I leave her alone she will keep going out and rolling and she will were all the dirt off on her own. She looks funky but she loves dirt. Out of ten acres she comes up to the mud hole she is standing in now and rolls every single day and has a good roll in the dirt.
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post #25 of 39 Old 05-25-2013, 06:10 PM
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Just treat a white horse like any other horse! They will look a lot dirtier, but it doesn't matter unless you are going to a show, clinic, etc. Then I'm sure you wouldn't mind going though the trouble of washing him/her:).
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post #26 of 39 Old 05-25-2013, 11:59 PM
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I have a gray horse, though he's mostly just white now, who's actually naturally a very clean horse. Occasionally, he'll end up with a green spot on his belly or hip from where he layed down on a poop pile, but that's relatively rare. The only time he ends up with the full-body mud mask is when there simply isn't a dry place to roll.

IMHO, unless you need him to be sparkly clean for some reason (show, rodeo, parade, etc), then I just let them be a bit dirty. Sure, I curry off the excess dirt, but I don't worry much about stains.

As for the pink skin thing, he appears to have the typical Appy mottled skin on his face/muzzle. It probably wouldn't hurt to keep a fly mask with a nose cover or sunscreen on him in the summer, but you likely won't have the same sunburn issues as someone with a truly pink skinned horse.

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post #27 of 39 Old 05-28-2013, 12:47 PM
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I have a paint who has one large spot on his face and that's it! The rest is pink! I think he's attracted to mud, dirt, grass stains, poop, and everything else dirty! Haha but depending on how "pink" your horse is I woul invest in a fly mask an sunblock.. My guy burns easy!
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post #28 of 39 Old 05-30-2013, 06:26 PM
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I have a paint that is half white. Her nose is pink so I use a long fly mask during the summer. To keep her clean I use the whitening cowboy magic shampoo and mane and tail. Then come back the next day and cry. She like to pretend her poop is really a pillow and always puts her right, very white, shoulder in it every night. If you intend on showing I would invest in some blankets and sleazys.
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post #29 of 39 Old 05-30-2013, 06:35 PM
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I will be using a fly sheet on my pink skinned white paint. His hiney burns.
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post #30 of 39 Old 06-18-2013, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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My new horse Legend has a run in shelter that he stays in on the very sunny days so far I haven't had any issues with sun burn but his coat doesn't seem very nice. My other horse which is dark colored just seems to glow and his coat is very soft. Do white horses ever shine? I don't think I have ever really been around any other horses this color so I don't know. I have my dark colored horse on flax seed and a bit of Paprika and I just started the new horse on a 1/4 cup of flax, do you think this will improve his coat? He gets fed good quality hay and a bit of senior feed mixed with the freshly ground flax.
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