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    05-08-2013, 06:16 PM
If you use sunscreen, be sure that it is not one that can burn his eyes.
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    05-08-2013, 06:23 PM
Green Broke
Dont put sunscreen around his eyes. Get a fly mask. Get the stuff that is safe for kids .
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    05-08-2013, 06:26 PM
A mask with ears with also help keep the flies off of his tender skin.
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    05-08-2013, 10:41 PM
Originally Posted by stevenson    
I will be putting a darker colored fly sheet on him this summer when it is 110 as he out on pasture.
Am interested, what's the reason for using a darker colored fly sheet?
    05-08-2013, 10:56 PM
Green Broke
Yep for sure! One year "my" girl Bonnie who is cremello got sunburnt really bad.
    05-12-2013, 12:25 AM
Zinc will last longer and work better than banana boat.

However, if its not a particually hot day, or they are only out for an hour or so you can use the banana boat (I have used the banana boat spray on my ponies nose in the past on a cloudy day, but put on zinc when it gets hot.)
    05-14-2013, 07:30 PM
Yes, they sunburn quite easily. They sell horse sunscreen, but I always used fly sheets, masks and limited turnout time during the warmer parts of the day.
    05-15-2013, 02:43 AM
We've found that what we think is 'sunburn' isn't actually sunburn as such but a reaction to photodynamic pigments in certain plants. Clover and lucerne are particulalry bad for producing this reaction and I see from your photo you have quite a bit of clover there If possible get him off this altogether (spray it out if you have to)
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    05-15-2013, 08:10 AM
^^^ Yes, there are many plants in pastures that can cause irritations around the nose/mouth that look like sunburn.
Lots of pink skin around here, so just a few things to consider...
- Fly masks do help a lot, but watch for irritation/sores under the headbands if you leave them on all day and your horse sweats a lot.
- Avoid dark color masks/sheets if you have horse flies. They are are sight predators and are attracted to dark colors.
- If you want something that really stays on and lasts, skip the sunscreen and go right to the zinc oxide (diaper rash cream).
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    05-15-2013, 04:35 PM
Paint, I'm not talking about plants that cause irritations - like stinging nettle - but plants that have photodynamic pigments which cause photosensitization in the skin of the horse. It is a reaction caused by eating these plant pigments which are exposed to UV rays in the vulnerable un-pigmented skin areas.
This is very different to a rash caused by irritation to a plant
Clover, lucerne, rye grass, buttercup and St Johns Wort are particularly bad for this
Here's a pic of two of ours who have the 'dreaded pink nose' that most people think need to be covered - these NEVER have nose guards but they are kept away from the above plants - we've had no problems with sunburn or mud fever since doing this
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