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post #1 of 15 Old 09-08-2015, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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vet check of horse has sun burn

Hi, I am looking to buy a new horse. It's an appy with a big white blaze. I had it vet checked today. Before the vet went I talked to him and asked him to pay close attention to its nose because it has what looks to be a build up of salt or something on it. Turns out its a sun burn. How difficult is this to treat? Will this horse get them a lot? Should I buy a horse that gets a sun burnt nose? It is a really nice mare. Well trained and a good price. However if this is a big problem..........there are other horses too. Thanks for your time.
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-08-2015, 06:25 PM
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My gelding has a white nose. Use baby sunscreen or zinc oxide on it. You can also buy long fly masks that cover the nose (unless your horse is a mutant, like mine, with a super long head ).

Honestly, it wouldn't be a deal-breaker for me. It's super easy to deal with.
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-08-2015, 06:32 PM
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It wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. I even had a paint horse with a pink nose and looking back on it, it MUST have burned some, because I live in Arizona, but I never noticed a problem with his nose.

With Appies (and Paints for that matter) I would be more worried about eye problems and cancers than sun burn on the nose.

My Paint had cancer on his penis and probably the corners of his eyes but he died before they became a big concern. But I know Appies are prone to eye problems as well.

But even that wouldn't deter me from buying a color I liked. I am a big fan of color.

As a matter of fact, I now own two greys and greys are prone to melanoma. The way I look at it, EVERY horse is prone to something. Or they could be perfectly healthy and get hit by lightning despite your best efforts. But I guess I am getting off topic.
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-08-2015, 06:33 PM
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Its just sunburn... If you like this horse I'd get her. Its not a big deal. Just means a little extra care, add new sunblock when grooming during sunny weather. That means winter to. I have three horses that burn, One does over most of her body. She has to stay indoors during the day, and goes out at night. If we ride her we just buy the more expensive fly spray with sunblock added
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-08-2015, 08:19 PM
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Yes, I have a pink skinned horse and live in So Cal. This is easy to fix and keep up.
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-08-2015, 08:28 PM
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Like Drafty said, it's pretty easy to manage. I prefer the super thick cream like baby butt cream; anything that is mainly zinc oxide will work well. Doing that and/or using a flymask with a nose shield will put a stop to the sunburn.
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-08-2015, 08:40 PM
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It's not a major deal but it can be irritating.

I remember a horse I used to know/look after at times had bad sunburn on his nose. He'd need cream applied all the time and he'd have this fly mask with a flap and it would get so dirty the horse would be frustrated.

It's certainly manageable though and not a deal breaker for a good horse.
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-08-2015, 08:53 PM
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I agree, not a deal breaker, but if you buy the horse, be aware you should take some extra steps to keep him protected from the sun (some options are long-nose fly masks, sunscreen, or night turnout).

There are also some plants (buttercups and some types of clover, for example) that can make horses photosensitive, and it could be that if the horse doesn't have access to those wherever you keep him, it may not be an issue at all.
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-08-2015, 09:03 PM
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Yup, sunburn just like you can get a sunburn, same things you would do for you (prevent/treat) you can do for your horse.

Agree with the poster who mentioned Appy's eye issues, is there a lot of white around the eyes? I would mention it to the vet and specifically get the eyes checked. You may want to just keep a flymask on year round (outside) as a preventative to both.
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-10-2015, 12:27 PM
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It's a sunburn. I'm sure you've been sunburnt, as I am sure your entire family has been at some point. It's annoying, sure, but hardly debilitating.

If the horse is pink skinned get a UV fly sheet and fly mask and then treat accordingly, just as every one should do for a sunburn.
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