The long, hot, dog days of summer are in full swing with all the fun activities and events that come along with it.
As you are planning your vacation, your top priority probably isn’t thinking about your horse getting a sunburn, of all things, but it does happen quite often.
Therefore, having a horse nanny that can handle this summertime woe is very important. Horses sometimes will resist having sunscreen applied so having someone that is able to persuade the horse into having this stuff administered (preferably several times daily) is very important.
I had a paint horse years ago that could spot me with a tube of sunscreen from the other side of the paddock. At that point, the chase was on to catch her and then the fight was on to apply the sunscreen.
You would swear that I was trying to apply acid to her face! Okay, I have to admit that her nose was a tad pink…maybe that was the issue.
This just proves that preventing a sunburn is so much better than treating a sunburn. Since non-pigmented skin is more susceptible to sunburn, Paints, Pintos, Appaloosas, Cremellos, Perlinos, and other horses with white markings or pale coat colors are at a higher risk of burning.
Sunburn causes the skin to become pinker than the surrounding pale skin with the formation of skin lesions around the eyes and muzzle first. Then the skin will begin to appear scaly and will peel off. Eventually, if burned bad enough, blisters that leak a yellowish fluid and scabs will develop.
Christy lives in Arkansas and has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with an Equine Science minor. She has owned horses and worked in the horse industry most of her adult life and loves training horses, some of which have gone on to win barrels and poles at the Arkansas State Horse Show. Christy says she can’t imagine a life without horses. She also writes a blog for an Instagram account, @eqstyletheory