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post #1 of 6 Old 07-11-2014, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Any special health issues/care for Perlinos?

Having just recently figured out that my yearling filly is a Perlino(I was told she was Cremello when I first got her, but then her M & T got so dark there was no way she could be ) rather than a Cremello, I was wondering if they had any particular health issues?

I've heard white horses can get all sorts of problems from the sun, but she never, ever seems to burn. My paint mare who has a nice big blaze on her face gets blisters on her nose, but all I can see on the baby's nose is freckles(and lots of em!)!

But, since she isn't actually white, she's more cream, will she have any issues with the sun more than darker horses? Will she be more susceptible to cancers, blindness, etc.?

I also did a little research, and almost all of the people who commented on this or that article/post said that neither their Cremellos or Perlinos burn, but rather their horses with actual white markings do. I'm thinking it's because even Cremellos aren't really white, but cream? Any thoughts?

Mainly, I want to know if there is any special care or issues that might come up with Perlinos, as is rumored with Cremellos. Do I have to be obsessive with sun screen and fly masks/sheets if she never burns? Are her hooves really weaker? Thank you for any information and advice!
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Cremellos and perlinos tend to have the same range of shades for body color- the main difference really coming in just with the mane & tail. So they'd be the same regarding any potential issues.

Cremellos/perlinos aren't quite as defenseless against the sun as pintos; the skin under white pinto markings have no pigment, while the pink skin of a double dilute (and the "white" hair that grows out of it) is still lightly pigmented.

I've seen my cremello's nose get lightly burned, but he has a white marking there (a real one, not just his cream coloration ) so I really don't think that's a result of him being cremello. However, my barn doesn't offer a lot of turnout (2-4 hours/daily) so I don't know if I'd have more issues if he were in the sun all day.

He does seem to squint a bit in really bright light, so I have a fly mask for him for turnout.

Regarding feet- white hooves are just as strong as black hooves. My boy is barefoot and has lovely feet that rarely chip (and have never cracked). My avatar image is him finishing a cross country course barefoot a few weeks ago

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-13-2014, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Great! I keep a fly mask on her most days, because of sun and flies, but I was worried because I heard a lot of stories about white horses getting eye cancers, going blind, etc.
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As far as I know there are no issues with those colors. (With most colors)

There may be issues simply due to the coat being so light (sunburn)

If she doesn't sunburn then she doesn't sunburn. Just keep an eye out and if you see it starting jump on it quickly. It just means she's more likely to sunburn. Just like some people.

I've known horses with a lot of white who don't (more often then not) and minimal white who do. Just be aware and that is that.

The muzzle is the most vulnerable.

White vs black feet is a myth. Some say black are weaker. Again, individuals may have drastic differences but based on color alone there's no difference.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-14-2014, 06:23 AM
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I've had a solid white 'fewspot' apply that never burned - yet my 90% white ssh burns on nose. You just have to see how the horse's skin reacts and change your management accordingly.

It is always a wise move to put fly masks on all horses. Especially if they are in a mostly sunny pasture. Dark eyes can develop cataracts and cancer just like blue eyes.

As to white hooves - I've had just as much success competing barefoot with them as with dark hooves. Again, you just have to see what each horse needs.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-14-2014, 04:10 PM
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So long as you keep a fly mask on you shouldn't have any problems.

I did read an article some years ago, I believe it was in EQUUS magazine, that horses with light colored eyes and lighter skin cannot reflect the suns rays as easily as a darker skinned horse and that can lead to blindness issues, but that a fly mask would help cut down that risk quite a bit.
I have noticed that exact thing with several blue eyed pintos with no pigments around their eyes, but I couldn't tell you that that was the exact cause.

Either way I do enjoy a well conformed horse, and a well conformed horse with a bit of color...yummy!

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