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post #1 of 19 Old 05-25-2013, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Bald face horse suggestions!

I have a bald face paint that just will not keep a regular fly mask on . and he has already had one of his third eyelid removed because of growths, before we got him. I keep him in a stall that has a walk in cover/ half barn on it but he still sits out in the sun mid day......i tried the baby suncreen sticks but they where so greasy he ended up with dirt circles around his eyes, I didn't even know if it was wise to use and i would get nervous the few time we put it on cause it say's on the back do not get in eyes wash immediately blah blah blah....and with it going on like a vaseline i was always worried the sun would somehow melt it and it would run into his eyes , IDK maybe was over worrying. has anybody use just regular old baby sunscreen around the eyes? is it safe and did it help, was it to greasy? his muzzle also gets burnt but the eyes are the worst he has the scabbing and peeling and hair loss around them. it there something else i can use or do?....anybody use the lycra fly mask? how well do they work? or does anybody know of a magic fly mask that is impervious to a stubborn horse that can get anything off in 2.5 secs. LOL
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post #2 of 19 Old 05-25-2013, 01:06 PM
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Can you get some zinc? We use that on our cremello mini's blaze and under his eyes, and I haven't had issues with it running, even in the Texas sun. Baby sun screen does melt and run though, unfortunately.
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I agree with Endiku. Zinc oxide cream, and it can be found in even the most generic diaper rash ointment.

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post #4 of 19 Old 05-25-2013, 03:03 PM
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I always used diaper rash cream that had zinc in it on my bald faced gelding. It worked like a charm and he didn't get burnt. Never had a problem with it running.
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post #5 of 19 Old 05-25-2013, 03:07 PM
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If he already had tumors on his third eyelid, I would seriously consider keeping him inside during the day. Chances are the sun caused that.

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post #6 of 19 Old 05-25-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought some baby sunscreen lotion, we bathed and put that on his muzzle today, so if i tried to rub the baby sunscreen lotion type around his eyes, do you think it would hurt or run, it rubbed into his muzzle pretty good, his biggest issues are on the top lids that is where it is the worst.
what is zinc oxide cream, i take it it is kinda like diaper rash i need to get straight zinc oxide or will diaper rash cream work cause i think i actually got some of that around here somewhere. Do i rub it completely in or just lather it on? thats funny cause i would think that would run worse then just regular lotion rubbed in.....
Unfortunately his former owner did keep him out in pasture w/ no shade. he thought we wouldn't notice when we took him on trial but i noticed right away so i confronted the guy and he admitted he had had a growth last spring and had gotten it cut out but i couldn't pass him up he is a gunner bred colt and absolutely amazingly smart and told me to make sure he had shade available at all times which i do and keep a mask on at all times which we have tried but he is a Houdini at getting them off......And it is just a half barn so i can't lock him in.......So we will do what we can! Thanks everyone for the responses, if you have any other great ideas i am always open to hear them in fact does anyone have any recommendations on fly mask! we have tried defenders/ cashels/ some other cheaper brands none have worked.... anyone try the kensington bug eye ones that have the supposed velcro and loop closure or the lycra? or any others?
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post #7 of 19 Old 05-25-2013, 05:22 PM
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I use a fly mask that has velcro. It takes a couple of times for them to figure out that velcro won't kill you when they hear it.
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post #8 of 19 Old 05-25-2013, 05:34 PM
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The soft fly masks are about useless. Have you tried Farnam's? The mesh is textilene, a tough UV resistant mesh that holds it's shape around the eyes. They are velcro'd on under the jaw and are tough to get off. Because the fleece over the poll gets hot and itchy the horse will often use a back hoof to scratch. Therefore the mask needs to be removed periodically thro out the day to let the air at it and never never on at night.

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post #9 of 19 Old 05-25-2013, 05:56 PM
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I used the spray lotion on my hands and gently rub it on my horse's nose and under his eyes. I never put ANYTHING above his eye as it will run down. He also gets a flymask that is double velcro'd and hasn't managed to get it off yet. He also has access to shade outside.

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post #10 of 19 Old 05-25-2013, 10:44 PM
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a fly veil that may help im not sure if they are only in Australia but they are called bugeye their is a picture on here fly veil grief of them but you have to be carefull they arent too tight as they can cut off circulation like a skinny hood. they go right over the head so it is harded to get off
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