After the stunning sunny days, we have been treated to so far this November, it is important to remember to slip, slop, slap. Yourself and your horse!
Horses and ponies with pink noses are at a high risk of sunburn caused by UVA and UVB radiation. As well as being very painful and unsightly, UV rays cause damage and breakdown of the cells in the skin. There are other things that can look a lot like sunburns such as rain scald and photosensitivities. The latter can have a more serious underlying cause and should be investigated by a veterinarian.
There are two main options to protect your horse from becoming sunburnt. The first is using a nose flap, attached to a halter. Nose flaps are generally well tolerated but can lead to halter rub, necessitating removal for part or all of the day.
The other option is to use a sunscreen. It is recommended that you use an animal-specific product rather than a human sunblock. The formulation of the human products requires more frequent application which is sometimes not feasible. Animal sunscreen such as FiltaBac or FiltaClear don't absorb UV radiation like human products, they reflect it, meaning as long as a visible film remains on the area, the sunscreen will be effective.
FiltaBac is the original white product, while FiltaClear looks white but goes on clear, making it perfect for show days.
If you would like to speak to one of our veterinarians about sunburn in horses or enquire about FiltaBac or FiltaClear, please phone or drop into either of our clinics.