Need advice: what do I put on horse's nose to prevent sun burn???

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Coco, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. Coco

    Coco Out Of The Brooder

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    Do any horse people out there have any advice on what I can put on my white Arabian's nose this summer to help with preventing it becoming sun burned? I just dont want him to lick the stuff off if it could make him sick. Any suggestions?
     
  2. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use human sunscreen. If it is already burned Desatin baby diaper rash ointment works great to protect it from further burn. It does attract a lot of dust but it works.
     
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    You could also get him a fly mask and add a little material to it to cover the nose.
     
  4. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
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    pips&peeps :

    You could also get him a fly mask and add a little material to it to cover the nose.

    They only work if they stay on though. My horses take each others off.[​IMG] I don't want to make them where they can't get them off either in case they get hung up on something and need them to come off.​
     
  5. BrambleCreekFarm

    BrambleCreekFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Baby sunblock works well [​IMG] Used lots of times and dont recall any of them licking it off [​IMG]
     
  6. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Come to think of it, I've never seen a horse lick it's mouth. I think it is impossible.

    I would go for the sunscreen.
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    The "long" type flymasks (with an extension that covers the nose) are really nice but as you say, if the horses won't keep them on, that doesn't help [​IMG]

    I believe there is a sunblock marketed specifically for horses but people I know just use a human one. The zinc oxide ones work pretty well in terms of major SPF. Don't put it on the lips, right around the eyelids, or up inside the nostrils.

    Also consider the possibility that the horse is eating something that's causing sunburn. I do not recall the whole list offhand, but st johns wort (often a pasture weed) and some kinds of clovers come to mind. Google "photosensitization horses" or "horses photodermatitis" and you will probably find more about it.

    Pat
     
  8. wyndski

    wyndski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used baby sunblock and never had any problems.
     
  9. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    We were advised to use baby sunblock on our white dog (her skin shows through on her nose, ears, around her eyes, etc.). I imagine dogs would probably lick it more than a horse so I wouldn't worry about that.
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I would try baby sunscreen.
     

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