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post #1 of 11 Old 06-29-2012, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Sunburn on Body?

So I haven't actually seen this but can a horse with light skin (white, grey, perlino, cremello) burn their backs or rumps?

Sky may or may not have sun burn along his back and I've never heard of this happening before.

Does anyone have experience with this?

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-29-2012, 06:47 AM
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If he has pink skin he can burn.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-29-2012, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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He never burned in the previous summer but yes he does have pink skin. Thanks for letting me know :) I guess it should have been an obvious answer.

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Sunburns may appear if a horse has been grazing on plants that make ones skin more photosensitive, for example, some species of clovers. Also, this might mean some mineral disbalance. I'd do a full bloodwork and inspect his pasture, drinking water and feed for any changes.
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-29-2012, 03:17 PM
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If this is a photosensitive reaction from clover, get her out of the sun immediately and keep her out of it until the clover is either mowed or removed. Not only does the skin get burned, but the liver undergoes extensive damage as well.

Happened to my mare last summer. The first time in 6 years and she has always been in that pasture.


My mare's dermal layer was swollen under all the sunburn. She had a course of antibiotics to squash any secondary infections and her liver numbers were elevated, but minor. She is fine today, thank goodness.
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We've had a pinto mare for 12 years. A few years ago, we had her on a friends pasture and she blistered on her sides and back, which she had never done before. Now that it's neen explained about the photosensitive, it makes complete sense! Thanks!!!
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My cremello gelding hasn't had any problem with sunburn so far. I did notice his nose getting slightly pinker a couple times and put sunblock on him then, but I haven't had to be careful about doing it regularly.
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When I got Dancer his whole left side was burned. He was on pasture board last summer and didn't get burned but I attribute that to better nutrition. I tried the fly sheet with neck combo that has UV protection but he sweats to death. Now he is inside during the day so I don't worry about it.
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-29-2012, 08:22 PM
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Yes, it can. My boy gets sun burnt almost every summer. If only he didn't run away when he saw the sunblock bottle lol
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-30-2012, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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If this is a photosensitive reaction from clover, get her out of the sun immediately and keep her out of it until the clover is either mowed or removed. Not only does the skin get burned, but the liver undergoes extensive damage as well.

Happened to my mare last summer. The first time in 6 years and she has always been in that pasture.

My mare's dermal layer was swollen under all the sunburn. She had a course of antibiotics to squash any secondary infections and her liver numbers were elevated, but minor. She is fine today, thank goodness.
Oh shoot, alright I am going to see about talking to the barn owner. The BM is out of town at the moment. I'll pass this onto my lessee as well.

And will definitely see to getting some blood work done.

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