Liv’s Tip of the Month – How to Prevent Your Horse from Getting a Sunburn!
Liv Gude’s advice on avoiding sunburn this summer!
These tips are mostly for the gray and white horses out there, but any horse can benefit from a little cover up in the summer!
– Use sunscreen on noses and faces. The brands that have mostly zinc oxide-based versions tend to last a long time. (You will sometimes find them labelled as baby versions.)
– For socks or stockings, add fly boots.
– Faces and noses also benefit from full protection fly masks, including ears and noses. Add fly sheets, with a neck piece if needed. (Any type of summer horse clothing is best purchased in a light color to help keep things cool!)
– Be super mindful of the sun if your horse has braids in; some horses will get sunburned between the braids.
– Get your vet involved if you find your horse has scabs or sores on the white areas, usually on the face or legs. You might think these scabs look like scratches, but horses can be photo sensitive and their pink skin will seemingly boil. It’s quite painful, and UV light can damage the skin quite quickly. Most horses with photosensitivity will despise being in the sun.
Liv Gude, a former International Dressage Groom for years, founded proequinegrooms.com as a way to unite Grooms in the horse industry. The educational website also serves to entertain and inform horse owners across all disciplines about horse care, grooming, and health. Click here to check it out!