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        06-11-2014, 02:18 PM
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    Foal
    Protection against sunburn- product recommendations?

    Okay, my new paint is bald faced, and I really worry about sunburn and the possibility of cancer, I had a TWH mare who was white with a black Medicine Hat, we bought her and it turned out that she had eye cancer, we ended up having to put her down as it progressed rapidly, we did look into treatment but we got to it to late. I don't want to go through that again with my new big guy, and with very light pink skin he is more perceptive to sunburn, what products ( spry, masks, sunscreen, anything really)are known to be most effective ? Anyone have any favorites? Any advice is welcomed!
         
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        06-11-2014, 02:21 PM
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    Yearling
    UV resistant mask with a long nose. I am not too keen on applying sunscreen around the eyes when it is hot out--worry about it dripping into the eye.
    I do use sunscreen on pink noses, and usually go with this little jar of zinc oxide (?) I will double check when I get home.
         
        06-11-2014, 02:35 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    I use children's spf30+ sunblock on my colt, plus a fly mask to protect his eyes (one is blue with no eye liner).
         
        06-11-2014, 02:55 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Haha, eye liner, my boy has a blue eye, but it's on his solid painted side of his face, and he has "eye liner" on his other eye.

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        06-11-2014, 03:16 PM
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    Green Broke
    A long-nose fly mask is the best protection if your horse is good about keeping it on.
         
        06-11-2014, 03:18 PM
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    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by verona1016    
    A long-nose fly mask is the best protection if your horse is good about keeping it on.
    Sometimes this takes ingenuity!
         
        06-11-2014, 04:25 PM
      #7
    Foal
    I have no clue if he Is okay with them or not, just got him Sunday, and after talking to my dad he doesn't like the thought of keeping one on him, he's fearful of him catching it on something an getting hung up, a mask was my first suggestion but he shot it down right away... So now I guess I have to find something else...
         
        06-11-2014, 05:05 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    They really do come off quite easily if it gets caught on something...sometimes getting torn in the process.
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        06-11-2014, 05:57 PM
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    Foal
    That's what I thought :3 we used to put masks on our TWH mare that had cancer, and our two older horses and were just fine down to the day they each died (of natural causes besides Hattie ) but my dad knows someone whose horse strangled its self in a stall by a halter so now he's paranoid about masks too.
         
        06-11-2014, 06:10 PM
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    Trained
    Long nose fly mask with ears that has UV protection. The higher the UV protection, the better.

    If your horse has a lot of pink skin around the eyes, a Guardian mask will be better: Guardian Mask Product Information

    If he won't keep the mask on, slather him with zinc oxide (diaper rash cream). It's sticky but it lasts longer than regular sunscreen. The generic Walmart stuff has about 40% zinc oxide and is cheaper than the Desitin Max strength. It has an SPF of about 60 by itself. It's also nice for rubbing on the sheath/udders and really keeps the bugs out of there.
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