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So for the past couple of days, I've been away at a dressage show, and my parents looked after my pony. Normally Ricky has a flymask on of a day to protect him from bugs and sunburn, but this week I let him have it off just cause the sun was hidden behind the clouds. Now this weekend while I was away, he still had his flymask off and my parents didn't put it on him.

Its pretty bad, so my goal is to just keep it clean and out of the sun. I didn't want to put any sunscreen or healing products on it just because of the proximity to his mouth. If anyone can recommend anything safe, I would greatly appreciate it.

Now my question is, can I leave his flymask on at night? I want to keep some of the bugs off it. I know some people think that horses can't see with them on at night, and I know some say they can. So should I put it on him? I see no harm in doing so?
 

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Now my question is, can I leave his flymask on at night? I want to keep some of the bugs off it. I know some people think that horses can't see with them on at night, and I know some say they can. So should I put it on him? I see no harm in doing so?
They can see fine at night with a flymask on. I know many people that pasture board who leave the flymasks on all the time.
 

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Aloe vera? Like the after sun burn stuff you normally put on yourself if you get sunburnt?
 

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Not that stuff, just all natural aloe vera. It's a very powerful all natural healer. Also, I wouldn't recommend putting his fly mask on because it hurts having something touch your sunburn for hours, let alone rubbing against it. Ouch!
Anyway, try tea tree oil. It's all natural and will help the healing process immensely, it's also a natural insect repelent.
 

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no no no the natural from the plant if it gets in the mouth it is not going to poison or make sick. if ypu buy bottled you have to read it very carefully most bottled contains witch hazel or rubbing alchol which is not good for near eyes and mouth. i would only recommend that for bug bite bumps if the horse is always trying to scratch a bug bite on theyre body. I am gathering you are somewhere where the sun is already hot enough to get sun burns so i would suggest going to a florist or a local garding place for a plant if you dont already have one. Just break off a piece squish the juices out and apply it to the infected area
 

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Thanks for that, I guess Ill have to try that on him. Is there anything else I can do to make it heal better?
 

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Just went over just then and I'm seriously at a loss as to what to do. I always make sure my pony has sunscreen on or has a flymask, but its so badly burnt. Its all blistered and some are red and its just ehhh. I can't get a hold of any aloe plants :( Do you think just keeping it clean with baby wipes and keeping it out of the sun will help? Or should I put something soothing on it like Sea Minerals?
 

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I vote if there is no heat, SLATHER some udder butter or baby lotion on it to keep it nice and moist and leave it be. Do not keep rubbing it with baby wipes or you will chap the crap out of it and make it hurt worse.

You can use Aloe very like you get for sunburns if there is heat, it wont kill him if he ingests it(that would take a very large amount), no worries, and the lidocaine in the sunburn products coupled with the aloe vera counteracts any drying from the alcohol which aids in cooling of the skin, great if it is already sore. Just don't put over his eyes or toooo close to them, that might burn.

Then just leave his fly mask off, use a roll on fly repellent to keep them away from his eyes and nostrils. When the redness and soreness go down, let it alone to heal naturally, put him flymask back on and leave it be. You can continue to udder butter it if it gets too dry, other than that leave it be so you dont irritate it further.
 

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I would just use the human aloe products...as said above it wont kill him if he gets a tiny bit in his mouth. If you are super concerned about him eating it I might be able to re-pot and sell you a plant? dont know how well that would work. Or i could break off and sqeeze some of the goo out of the plant into a bottle for you and sell it to ya'...maybe...depends on how the plants are looking...havent looked that them in a while lol

But you wont need aloe if there isnt any heat...you just need to keep it moist. I like honeysuga's advice. Udder butter. and if his lips are burned and chapped but there isnt no longer heat you could prob use chapstick on them...it wont poison him if he eats it and it will help with the moisture and chapping.
 

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I know this is kind of off topic, but my horse has a lot of white on his face. If he always goes out with his fly mask on, should that prevent sun burns or do I need to use sunscreen as well?
 

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I know this is kind of off topic, but my horse has a lot of white on his face. If he always goes out with his fly mask on, should that prevent sun burns or do I need to use sunscreen as well?
I keep fly mask (my horse's head is mostly white). So far so good. BUT I use one of those very long nose ones.
 
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