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    07-22-2011, 09:13 PM
Green Broke
Sunburn on Legs

My horse has a pink nose. So I make sure to put sunblock, and a fly mask on him everyday when its sunny out, which lately, has been just about everyday. But, I have been noticing that his two socks on his feet, which is also pink skin has been getting increasingly red, and bright. I've taken a close look at it, and its only on the two socks. And it looks exactly like sunburn.

What do you suggest? Should I put sunblock there too, or is there something else that works for that? Thanks
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    07-22-2011, 09:15 PM
Does your horse go out in damp/wet grass? If so it could be the start of scratches.
    07-22-2011, 09:20 PM
Green Broke
Nope, that's what I thought it was too....But for one, the fields have been perfect with the weather. Not wet what so ever, but not dusty either. And for two, his one sock is his right front, and the other is his left hind. There are no signs of it on his other two legs, so I don't think it could possibly be the start of scratches on just two opposite legs like that could it?
    07-22-2011, 09:25 PM
I put sunscreen on my mares legs *shrug* can't hurt to try.
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    07-22-2011, 09:27 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Poco1220    
I put sunscreen on my mares legs *shrug* can't hurt to try.
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Thanks Poco....I think that's what Im going to have to do, just wanted to see if there was anything else that people suggested before sunblock, LOL
    07-22-2011, 10:23 PM
You can get mesh boots, designed to keep of flys but would probably work for sun.
    07-23-2011, 12:20 AM
My grey mare has 2 white socks and I think they get sunburnt. Her black skin front legs never look red but the pink skin socks get red. And it's red all around not just in back. I put sunblock on her too. I feel sure it's sunburn.
    07-23-2011, 01:24 AM
Originally Posted by csimkunas6    
Thanks Poco....I think that's what Im going to have to do, just wanted to see if there was anything else that people suggested before sunblock, LOL
The only issue I have is after rain/damp conditions the sunblock doesn't hold the best so my options are either reapply and reapply and reapply or use swat on those occasions since it's a bit thicker, even though it's a fly spray it's dense enough to cover and protect the area from sun as well.
    07-23-2011, 10:54 AM
Green Broke
Gluey33, I would do that, but with rodeo only being 15months old, I don't think horse sized boots will fit him, ill def look into that tho!!!!

Poco, what kind of swat are you referring to?? I bought some the other day, its luke a creamy kund of stuff, almost like neosporin. Its not a spray by any means, is that what you use?
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    07-23-2011, 11:00 AM
Yea it can come in extremely neon colors.
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