I'm looking at possibly getting a cremello gelding as a companion for my mare and as a secondary riding horse. It's a bit of a long shot at this point, so it's definitely not a done deal.
At the risk of asking dumb questions, I've never had a cremello before and I'm concerned how he'll do on our little farm. Our horses are on 24/7 turnout with run-in sheds. I'm not opposed to putting sunscreen on him, but is it just his nose and around his eyes that would need it or can his body get sunburnt too?
Would his blue eyes be a concern at all? This might be an old wives tale or something but I've heard that those pale blue eyes can go blind if they're exposed to too much sunlight.
To be honest, even if he's a sweetie if he's going to entail a lot more work and general care I'll probably pass.
The cremello horse in my avatar pic, is my stallion. He does have a problem with sunburning on his face, I haven't seen a problem on the rest of him. I put sunscreen on his face daily and right now, because it's so miserably hot, he goes in the barn during daylight hours and gets turned out about 7 or 8 p.m. I try to have him back in the barn by 9 a.m. and that seems to be working for the sunburn.
I don't think the blue eyes have any more problems than any other eye color, I have a few blue eyed horses and haven't had any issues. Skippy as a stallion is more work than my other horses, but as a gelding wouldn't require anything more than anyone else. I put sunscreen on all my pink nosed horses, and since I love the white markings, I've got several.
The main difference I've seen with Skip vs the other horses, the bugs really seem to love him. He's on the same feed as everyone else, so it's not a matter or more sugar in one feed or another, the biting flies just really seem to love him. I spray more fly spray on him than my other horses.
Of course, a cremello will show dirt more than the darker colors, so my guy's nickname is Dirty White Boy.