Can a Perlino/Cremello get sunburnt easily? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 21 Old 05-08-2013, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Can a Perlino/Cremello get sunburnt easily?

Agh! I'm so dumb when it comes to horses. He's my first horse, and I'd really like to know. His skin gets pinker the more I see him, so I'd like to know if he is possibly getting sunburnt, and if so, how I can help him.

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post #2 of 21 Old 05-08-2013, 04:04 PM
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Very possible. Any pink skin on horses is prone to sunburn.
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post #3 of 21 Old 05-08-2013, 04:06 PM
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Yes its possible, even horses with lighter colored muzzles get sunburnt and we have to put diaper rash ointment or sunscreen on them, you might want to do the same.
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post #4 of 21 Old 05-08-2013, 04:09 PM
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Yep, these guys are terrible when it comes to burns. :(
I had a Clyde with a very pink nose and it was quite the chore keeping him from burning.

Go get you some equine sunscreen or if possible try and limit his turnout during the worst parts of the day, 10am-2pm. I've seen some fly masks that cover the nose and offer some UV protection, not sure that I'd use one, seems like more of a worry and a headache than just using some SPF. The biggest indicator of a burn is peeling, cracking skin, but if I were you I wouldn't let it get to that point. Make sure you get around his eyes too!

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And you might want to put a fly mask on him too to try and protect his eyes and the skin around them.
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post #6 of 21 Old 05-08-2013, 04:48 PM
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Yes, it's definitely possible. Double dilutes do have some pigment in their skin (unlike the pink skin under pinto markings) so they're not as bad off as they could be, but they will still sunburn. I usually put some sunblock on my cremello's nose if it's looking a little pinker than usual in the summer and that seems to do the trick for him.
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post #7 of 21 Old 05-08-2013, 05:14 PM
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I'm not a fan of the fly masks with the nose, like FlyGap mentioned. The length of the nose piece doesn't fit all horses, especially if they have a longer face. I tried one for my boy since he had an all-white nose that burns easily, and it wasn't long enough, even though I tried the biggest one they had. Of course, he has a ridiculously long head, but it just seemed like that type of mask would only fit a horse with a relatively short face.
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I agree with the fly mask.. as for his nose, sunscreen or zinc oxide, the white stuff lifeguards put on thier noses , you can find suncreen at dollar stores, I found some that is a spray , small bottle, for kids, last for 80 hrs so it claims. I have used it on my sheep (boy did she get pink) my dog , and one horse that is white w/pali paint, barely any pali color. I will be putting a darker colored fly sheet on him this summer when it is 110 as he out on pasture.
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I'd get a combo fly sheet with uv protection not sure if that was already said...

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post #10 of 21 Old 05-08-2013, 06:12 PM
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I use Banana Boat Sunblock, a fly mask with a nose (which he's a GENIOUS at getting off) and a fly sheet. If it's really a brutal day, I'll keep him inside with a fan on til evening and I'll turn him out for the night.

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