Horse Sun Protection
Sun protection for horses
You probably use sunscreen to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. You will doubtless have had days when you forgot to use it and ended up with painful sunburn. Exposure to the sun can damage your skin and will increase your chances of suffering from skin cancer. You should also be aware that your horse can get burned too and so requires sun protection.
Horses are particularly vulnerable in areas of exposed light skin around the nose and muzzle and also in areas where they have white body markings. Excessive exposure to the sun can lead to Squamous cell carcinomas which are small tumours that can form on pink skin. They are most likely to form around the eyes.
Protecting Your Horse From The Sun
It is important that you protect your horse from the sun but this requires a little thought and the right accessories. Obviously it is best to keep you horse out of the sun if at all possible. It really helps if your paddock had a shady area or a covered area to which your horse can retreat. You should also consider dressing your horse in a fly mask as many feature a flap to cover the muzzle and/or UV protection. A summer sheet will also be useful for greys or horses with light markings on their body.
Horse Sun Cream
The aforementioned vulnerable areas greatly benefit from the application of equine sun cream or sun block. This can be a little messy but it is well worth taking the trouble to provide this protection. No matter how careful you are accidents do still happen and so it is always good to have after sun lotions on stand-by.
At Equi Supermarket we offer both barrier sunburn soother and Nettex sun block. The good news is that you can use the sun block yourself! These carefully formulated products could save your horse from a great deal of pain and from developing more serious health issues after exposure to the sun.
The Blue Cross has an excellent article about looking after your horses in the summer sun