Poll Recap: Sun Protection for Horses

Of the 529 respondents, 154 said they apply sunscreen and/or zinc oxide cream to protect their horses from sunburn.

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If you’re planning activities outside this summer, you’ll probably use sunscreen and/or other types of sun protection to avoid a burn. But what about your horse?

Last week we asked our readers what kinds of sun protection they offered to their horses. More than 500 people responded, and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 529 respondents, 154 (29%) said they apply sunscreen and/or zinc oxide cream to help protect against sunburn. Another 53 individuals (10%) use sun-protecting sheets and 49 respondents (9%) said they limit turnout time for their horses during the daylight hours. Some 61 respondents (12%) said they do it all: apply sunscreen, limit turnout during daylight hours, and use sun-protecting sheets. Another 34 people (6%) said they use other means of sun protection for their horse, and the remaining 178 respondents (34%) said their horses do not burn during the summer

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Written by:

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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