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  • Will Balmex work as sunblock
  • Buy thick white sunblock as seen on nose

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    07-22-2008, 10:48 AM

We have a yearling Paint that is almost all white. The poor lil guy has very fair skin and it is dry and is getting sunburned. We try to keep baby sunblock on him, but he loves to roll around in the dirt and it does not work the best sometimes! Anyone have any suggestions? Or do we just keep this up? Here is a pic of him from last summer, so you can get an idea of exactly how white he is!
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    07-22-2008, 10:58 AM
The sunblock is really the only thing that's going to help with a sunburn on the muzzle. If he has dry skin adding some flax will help. A good conditioner after a bath will help as well.

You could try a Cashel long fly mask. They partially cover the nose.
    07-22-2008, 11:04 AM
He not only gets it on his face, but also on his shoulders and the base of his neck. It seems as though his coat is almost not as thick as it should be....or he just has fair skin. I have been bathing him and then putting the sunblock on where I see he is dry and "pink". I also have tried putting a skin conditoner on him, but it almost seemed as though it attracted the sun more, almost like a tanning lotion, than to help him out. The only other option I can think of is that I may have to start putting a sheet on him during the day.
    07-22-2008, 11:13 AM
There are a couple options I can think of:

1) night turnout and inside during the day
2) fly mask, fly sheet, fly leg wraps
    07-22-2008, 01:04 PM
Originally Posted by Mercury
There are a couple options I can think of:

1) night turnout and inside during the day
2) fly mask, fly sheet, fly leg wraps
I think that's pretty much your best bet, right there.

Walk your pasture and make sure there arent too many weeds. Milkweed will cause dark bay tobiano loves milkweed, and I discovered this one summer and he blistered and peeled wherever white was on his body, until we figured out what he was eating. Now he only gets a pink nose in the summer,but that's normal. But since your horse is probably one of the unlucky ones that just burns, I'd recommend keeping him in during the peak daylight hours and sheet him up and keep him up until the worst of the sun is over.

His rolling in dirt probably actually helps with his sunburn, mud is a good sunblock, (and fly block) but it's not what you want to see on your horse, I know. Watch the fly sprays you use on him, the oil based ones, though more effective with flies, will be like puttting tanning oil on him, making sunburn worse, and some horses with pale skin are more sensitive to the repellents anyways....

So, daytime shade and nighttime turnout, with fly sheets when sun can't be avoided.
    07-22-2008, 01:36 PM
Some fly sprays like Bite Free and Tri-Tech have sunscreen in them which might help with covering such large areas on him. Our paint has a bald face and he gets burned around his one pink eyelid and on his muzzle. We also found a powder sun block called Pony Block or something like that. It's got zinc oxide and something else in it. I think the fly sheets is a good idea and a fly mask that extends down over the end of the muzzle. I've seen some on Ebay.
    07-22-2008, 02:14 PM
I have a gelding with a pink nose...I have not had issues with the sholders ect but I use diaper rash cream on his nose. The old kinds that are super thick. Sunscreen is thin and wears off after a few hours. Balmex is great. It does not have sun protection in it but it covers the area and stays on just like on a babys butt! Or colored sunscreen you will be able to see on your white horse if the bright blue sunscreen has worn off.
    07-22-2008, 06:02 PM
Desitin works wonders on the nose, and Banana Boat Sunblock 50 for people works great and is water proof. The cashel fly masks with nose ARE AWESOME.
Sheet or put in barn during the day.... My guy gets terrible sunburn and blisters on his nose... not anymore!

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