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We all know how sunscreen is important for us to protect our skin, particularly during the summer months, however it is important that we don’t forget the effects the sun can have on our horses skin as well, particularly those who have pink skin.
Similarly to humans, a sunburnt horse’s skin will go red/dark pink in colour, will be hot to touch and will blister. Sunburn is uncomfortable for us and is uncomfortable for our horses too. Let’s touch on a few ways that you can protect your horse's skin against sun damage.
Those horses who have white muzzles, blaze, star or any sort of white marking on their face, are the most susceptible to sunburn and using a fly mask can assist in sun protection. Fly veils or fly masks, although traditionally used to keep flies off your horse's face, can also provide UV protection for your horse’s sensitive skin. In conjunction with wearing a fly mask, applying a sunblock to the white points of your horse's face, such as NRG No Noze or Filter-Bac, you can rest assured that your horse is best protected from the summer sun.
Summer also brings those pesky insects such as flies which both we and our horses hate. We all know how frustrating it is when repellents do not do as they are supposed to do, this is why EQ Saddlery stocks the very best of repellent brands to avoid disappointment. From UltraShield to all natural Nature’s botanical, EQ Saddlery stocks a variety of insect repellents in different forms. The most common, traditional equine insect repellent comes in a spray bottle however more recently, creams and roll on varieties have been developed for easy application to those horses who may not be desensitised to being sprayed.
With our premium range of equestrian brands specialising in insect protection, pesky flies and insects that are irritating your horse will be a matter of the past. Nature's botanical is one of our most popular options for not only our horses, but humans as well. Nature’s botanical provide us with a completely natural insect repellent which is made up of cedar wood and rosemary. Their insect repellent comes in a range of sizes, including travel size, and comes in a spray and a cream variety.
Permetrol is another popular insect repellent which is sold as a concentrate and is diluted down into a rinse which is used to treat infections and repel insects. Permetrol particularly targets buffalo fly, Queensland itch, fleas and ticks alongside allergic dermatitis. EQ Saddlery also stocks the popular brands of Troy, Virbac and Ultrashield which all stock effective insect repellents for your horse.
Whilst it would be ideal if insect repellents could last forever, just like human repellents, equine insect repellent does have to be reapplied to your horse every couple of hours to ensure maximum efficiency. To browse and shop the range of horse insect repellents and fly repellents, visit EQ Saddlery online today.
Browse the range of high quality horse sun creams, fly sprays and other insect repellants at EQ Saddlery’s online store, or head in store to have our wonderful, knowledgeable staff assist you with any questions you may have about equine sun protection.