If you’ve ever been sunburned than you know how uncomfortable it can be. Unfortunately, your pink-skinned horse is just as vulnerable to the powerful sun-rays. Cremellos, perlinos, appaloosas, pintos, and others with pink or white noses are at risk for getting a bad case of blistering, peeling sunburn. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to protect your horse!
You should know the areas that need protection. They include the muzzle, eyes, ears, shoulders, and any thin hair places. Target these parts on the body to avoid a bad case. Many people choose to cover these sensitive areas so that their horse can still go out with the rest of the herd. Sunscreens are available for horses or you can even use a human sunblock. Those with color will let you know how much your horse has rubbed off. The general rule of thumb is to apply half an hour before sun exposure and then every two hours after that.
You can also cover the area with horse clothing. A fly mask that has an extended muzzle or a lightweight fly sheet will guard the body and face against sunrays. Check your horse throughout the day to make sure he isn’t getting too hot under the sheet.
Try to avoid the hottest parts of the day by stabling your horse and turning out in the evening. This is the most effective way to avoid direct exposure.
Prevention is key, but if he does manage to get sunburned treat it as you would yourself. Apply an antiseptic cream, such as savlon, to the area to add moisture and avoid painful cracks and peeling. Sunlight isn’t the only culprit of a sunburn. Select medicines and plants can cause your horse to be extra sensitive to the sun.
Follow these simple tips to ensure your fair-skinned horse isn’t in pain this summer.