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post #1 of 15 Old 05-26-2015, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Sunscreen? noses?

My paint is an apron face with pink all over his face, nose, eyes, lips! he will sneeze if anything touches over his nose about 3 inches above his nostrils so no low masks for him! so i have a small one that covers over his eyes and end just below his cheeks. His nose burns bad and he wont go into shade or anything he likes to sun himself, and to eat and hates being away from the herd so keeping him inside wont work.

sunscreen that is kinda cheeper or anything to help keep his little(big) sensitive pink nose from burning and getting really sore!!!
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-26-2015, 02:28 PM
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We bought a bald faced paint in November and are dealing with the same thing. We tried a long nosed mask...he wouldn't keep it on. We finally found an earless shorter mask that he will tolerate for a few days at a time and it keeps his pink eye protected.

For his nose, we use one of the roll on stick sunscreens. We tried the "Water Babies" brand of coppertone but it was too runny and if he even saw us walking toward him with it, he would bolt. The stick costs about $5 and is lasting quite a while.

He seems to like the roll on one. He will stand still for it and seems to think it is some type of face massage or something!!

And yes, he will also refuse to stand in the shade. If only we could reason with them. LOL
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-26-2015, 04:39 PM
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My horses will NOT leave masks on each other, so that isn't an option for me either, lol.
I like to use roll on zinc oxide. It is quite gentle, same ingredient as is in diaper rash ointment. The roll on seems to be more accepted by horses, too.
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-26-2015, 05:07 PM
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yep, Dollar STore diaper rash ointment. Kinda messy, but it works and is cheap.


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post #5 of 15 Old 05-26-2015, 05:41 PM
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Fragrance free baby sunscreen. Been using it for years and it works great.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-26-2015, 11:36 PM
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I use avon bug guard plus sunscreen on my mare. I also keep her in a stall during the majority of the day.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-27-2015, 12:24 AM
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I had a blue eyed white that was absolutely determined to become a sorrel (in the high California desert!). I would go out to the barn during the hottest parts of the day and find her lying flat on her side, sunbathing!

She wore a bonnet mask for her ears and eyes, but wouldn't tolerate a sheet or anything around the lower face. If we tried to keep her in, she'd kick the boards in! So... she'd burn around the nose and lips, the flanks and even parts of her belly if we didn't keep her slathered in diaper rash cream. She wasn't white most of the summer, but the dirt that sticks to the cream works as sunblock, too.
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post #8 of 15 Old 05-28-2015, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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haha well his nose seems to be super sensitive and always has he is very careful with it and wont just touch things like everyone else! then he gets a nice burn on it and its pretty much impossible to ride him at that point!

He hates things on his nose ive tried baby sunscreen and he will back away and trot off! he hates anything being put on it! everything but food that it! haha
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post #9 of 15 Old 05-28-2015, 01:52 AM
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I would use the spray on sunscreen on his nose, even though he wears a long fly mask, just to be safe. I would spray it in my hand and then rub it on his nose. I liked it because it dried quickly and if wasn't sticky, so he couldn't rub it off (like he did with the zinc oxide).
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post #10 of 15 Old 05-28-2015, 05:03 AM
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Be aware that besides the strong sun, there are a number of plants/weeds that grow in pastures that can cause hypersensitivity to the sun causing them to burn much more easily in the mouth and nose areas.
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