5 Ways to Prevent Sunburn in Horses



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Spring and summer are favorite seasons for many horse owners. The warm weather months bring with them sun-filled days, horse shows, and long, leisurely trail rides. However, if your horse has a bald face or light-colored skin and is prone to burning, the sun’s bright rays might have you both running for the shade. For pinked-skin horses such as Paints, Pintos, cremellos, and Appaloosas—and those with white markings, in general—sunburn is an all too common and painful reality.


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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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