Sunscreen for horses
Any specific brands that work best and are safe for horses? I am worried about my perlino's muzzle and his ears. Thank's in advance.
We go the cheap route, with the huge mega bottles of high SPF human-grade sunscreen, slapped on daily. Easy and affordable, though others will swear that things like zinc oxide work better/longer...ours never get burned, so something is working.
For your horse, a flymask with ears and a long nose, such as some of the Cashel ones, might help. Or even a flysheet if it's cool enough, since he's got pink skin all over.
I buy Coppertone, the baby kind. It's 75SPF and works just fine. $8 for a bottle and lasts all summer. =]
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This btw has been proven for humans so it will be the same for horses using suncreen. You have to apply sunscreen every 2-3 hours to be effective even if it has a higher SPF. They have found out that SPF 30 is just as effective as the higher SPF's out there and you end up just paying more money in the end. Even waterproof sunblock wears off.
If you want something that last longer I would get a jar of Desitin.The stuff for diaper rash. This stuff is thick and it has zinc in it and that's what you really want. It blocks the sun and it's very hard to get off even when they try to rub it off. I use it and lasts two days for my horse and she has a bald face and burns easily! I honestly would try it
Desitin Diaper Rash Paste, Maximum Strength Original Paste, 16 oz#
I use Filta-Bac on my boys nose - not sure if you have it over there? It's a zinc cream with antibacterial properties, so it helps heal any sunburn while stopping any more. The zinc is good because even when it dries and he tries to rub it of the powdery white stuff stays on there - Whereas normal sunscreen he just rubs straight off.
Just a thought, but have you seen these sun shades made by naghorseranch.com?
UV sun protection, horse nose shade, muzzle shield, nag horse ranch, horse sun visor
I heard about them from a friend who got one and now uses it on her very pink nosed paint, who had a lot of problems with sunburn in the past :)
Just a note about using people products on a horse:
I tried human suncreen my bald faced paint and within an hour he was running around the pasture screaming because the sunscreen (baby sunscreen spf 35) was blistering his skin....
About two week later after some antibiotics and stall rest we tried the zinc diaper cream option, only in a very small area. Everything went well for a few days, but after a week I noticed that anywhere he got sweat rolling down his face he would develop sort of a rash.
I found Absorbine makes an equine sunscreen that is PERFECT for my sensative skinned horse. I slather it on every 2-3 days and he never has a problem!
Nose shades by Nag Horse Ranch work! naghorseranch.com
I use Budreaux's Butt Paste (diaper rash cream) on my gray mare's nose and it works well. I switched to it after my sister got 20 tubes of the stuff at her baby shower, can't beat freebies :) Prior to it I used stick zinc oxide made for lifeguards.
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