Need advice on what to use/do for a horse that sunburns VERY easily. Even in winter. - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 09-08-2011, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 777
• Horses: 1
Question 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.

Blue Eyed BLY~ 2/3/03
Calico Sonny Stockman x She's On Cloud Nine
CowGirlUp9448 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 09-08-2011, 03:02 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: OK
Posts: 10,645
• Horses: 12
Kensington Natural Look CatchMasks

Kensington Protective Sheets

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.

Dreamcatcher Arabians is online now  
post #3 of 8 Old 09-08-2011, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 777
• Horses: 1
Thanks so much and I will take a look at them right now.

BTW you have a beautiful girl there :)

Blue Eyed BLY~ 2/3/03
Calico Sonny Stockman x She's On Cloud Nine
CowGirlUp9448 is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 09-08-2011, 04:16 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 866
• Horses: 2
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.

UV sun protection, horse nose shade, muzzle shield, nag horse ranch, horse sun visor

** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **
Lakotababii is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 09-08-2011, 08:28 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 436
• Horses: 4
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 :)
Idlepastures is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 09-08-2011, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 777
• Horses: 1
Thanks so much everyone :)

Blue Eyed BLY~ 2/3/03
Calico Sonny Stockman x She's On Cloud Nine
CowGirlUp9448 is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 09-09-2011, 06:13 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 4,355
• Horses: 2
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.
Gidget is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 09-23-2011, 08:18 AM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 11
• Horses: 0
There is a new easy solution to prevent sunburn on white muzzles and faces visit nag horse ranch it is AWESOME and effective!
naghorseranch is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse Rears easily..? Baylee Horse Training 9 05-23-2011 05:29 AM
Why does my horse get so sweaty so easily? VEDressage Horse Health 15 04-13-2011 09:04 PM
Rescue Horse Spooks Easily Jet7689 Horse Training 2 02-13-2011 11:57 AM
caring for sunburns.. trampis Horse Grooming 0 04-08-2010 01:14 PM
Preparing an easily excited/spooky horse for show season? Mickey4793 Horse Training 11 03-29-2010 12:17 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome