Need advice on what to use/do for a horse that sunburns VERY easily. Even in winter.
So here's what I need help with. I have a 8 year old Paint mare, she sun burns extremely easy. Little history on the mare. My brother bought her as a 2 year old and has had her til she was 7, the whole time he had her they never used on done anything for her sunburn or to prevent it (No I don't believe this is right but she WAS NOT my horse at the time therefore I had no say so). He sold her at 7 and the guy that had her would put her in the stall all day and turn her out at night. I don't think he done anything other then stall her. Well here a a few months ago her offered her to me (he asked my brother first but he has gotten out of horses and didn't want to buy her back) well I have sentimental attachment to her, she was one of the last horses that my brother broke and trained before he stopped doing it so I sold the horse I had at the time and bought her but he said he would keep her there til Aug., which was last month and he brought her to me. So the only reason I went into that big long story was the main points of she has always sunburnt but nothing was done about it for the time my brother owned her. And this is the only horse I have ever owned that sun burns so I need to know what to put on her (as far as sheets? Or blankets or something that would keep her from burning) or if there is something I should use, like an oinment or something. As of right now she is in a field that has a lot of shade and I put I fly mask on her and peoples sun block on her nose to keep it from burning (it seems to be the place she burns the easiest and most). I have no access at all to a stall so that's not an option. But any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
Also if I take her for a trail ride should I put something on her face? Or would it be fine then?
Here are some pictures of her.
The pink above her eye is where she got burnt.
And the other side.
You can kinda see where her nose has been burnt here.
I use these on my horses that sunburn. They're very heavy duty and you can paint your horses markings on them if you want. I use the long nosed models as all my pintos have pink noses and they burn like crazy. I keep them all stalled in the day time and out at night but sometimes they need to be out during the day and these masks stop them from burning. I also use Kensington protective fly sheets. They're a bit expensive but they're the only fly mask with a 2 year replacement guarantee and they're super heavy duty too. I think they and the sheets are worth every penny for the horse that burns and has to stay outside.
When you go for a ride you can use zinc oxide ointment or heavy duty human sunblock on their pink spots that burn so badly. My one little filly burns so badly that you can't put a halter on her it hurts so bad. She's the one who inspired me to get the catch mask.
I cared for a max sabino Tenn. Walker, he burnt to a crisp, bled and everything on his nose, poor guy . The remedy we had was 1. Long nosed fly mask or protective sheets. 2. Human sunblock (He hated it being touched so we used the highest SPF spray on we could find). 3. Aloe Vera - to combat the pain. (Also available in spray form.)
Oh and not sure how well they work, but I stumbled upon this site when looking for a grazing muzzle for my boy. You should check them out, its a neat idea, kinda like a fly mask.
My new black and white paint burns something horrible on his nose. I use a nag horse sun screen for his nose, its about $25 or so. They do make full head masks, but he has black eye circles, unlike your mare, so I don't know how good they work. (Lakotababii linked it up above me). I did fine a cheap ($15) full face mask on I *think* Schneider Saddle website. But for my guy the 'nose skirt' works great. I also after a bath I apply 'Mud Balm Face Shield' on his nose, and it really helps him. Hope this helps :)
Desitin works better. It has zinc oxide and lasts for 2 days if you really slab it on. It has a nice smell to it too! You don't have to constantly reapply like you do with sunblock.Sunblock is only good for a certain amount of hours.
I also use a uv protected fly sheet and a fly mask for her eyes.