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post #1 of 15 Old 05-15-2012, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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How to protect white faced horses?

My paint mare's almost all white with two blue eyes, and I noticed she's already getting sun burned. I've tried 6 different style fly masks and they all disapeared but the next morning (the horses live on an 80 acre pasture with woods, swamp, hills. Ect). I only was able to recover one fly mask. I put sun block on her as often as I can, but her skin is still getting red and burned. Does anyone have another suggestion?
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-15-2012, 07:18 AM
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The diaper rash ointment, Desitin works extremely well to prevent sunburn on white-faced horses. Swimming pool lifeguards use it on their noses to prevent sunburnt noses. It is a thick white oinment whose main ingredient is zinc oxide.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-15-2012, 07:28 AM
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I have the same problem with my mares' nose. I've been told that after the skin gets some exposure it will be okay but I'm going to try the sunscreen too.
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Just curious, what masks did you try? I noticed those with ears don't stay at all at my paint (also with white nose). I keep Cashel long nose no ears on her (and keep the velcro rather tight) - so far so good with all running and rolling she does.

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post #5 of 15 Old 05-15-2012, 02:34 PM
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Good to know about the one with ears falling off.
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Just curious, what masks did you try? I noticed those with ears don't stay at all at my paint (also with white nose). I keep Cashel long nose no ears on her (and keep the velcro rather tight) - so far so good with all running and rolling she does.
That is what I use too. She can get it off sometimes but not all the time. Generic diaper rash cream at the dollar store works just as good as the Desitin brand, btw and is much cheaper!!

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^^^^^ Yup....zinc oxide. Lots of white noses at our place.
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post #8 of 15 Old 05-17-2012, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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I will try it!

And I've tried all different style fly masks. I just always wonder where they go! I think she must have them all hidden somewhere and one day I will find a huge cashe of them!
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post #9 of 15 Old 05-17-2012, 09:21 PM
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why do people get fly masks with out ears? I always get with and I have no trouble. My gelding has a blanked face and one blue eye and a partial blue. He's out in the sun for 5 hours. Im hoping that it will get better he doesnt seem to be bothered right now..
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post #10 of 15 Old 05-17-2012, 09:29 PM
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They don't get used to being sunburned on white faces/noses. They can however get skin cancer and do frequently.

Keeping horse up is best, at least during most overhead part of sun during the day.

Another danger of the sun is photosensitivity, which is what I am having to deal with in Kola's care. Got damaged last year due to something he was eating in pasture, (aslike clover possibly) but it reacted with sun and by time really got good look at him, liver damaged and hair getting brittle.

He is fine now, but will always have to be kept off of pasture, and up when sun is out and grass is growing.

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