Recognizing the Signs of Sunburn in Your Horse
The Last Ride provides important information regarding recognizing Signs of Sunburn in Your Horse
Many people fail to realize it, but it is possible for a horse to become sunburned under the hot Arizona sun. Just as with humans, lighter skin tones are more susceptible to burning than darker skin tones. For horses, the non-pigmented pink-skinned areas are typically the most at risk for burning. This includes the area around the eyes as well as on the muzzle of pale or white-faced horses. Certain breeds are also more susceptible to sunburn. These include:
- Many Cremellos and other horses with pale coat colors
As the largest organ of the body, the skin serves to protect internal structures. If it becomes sunburned, however, the affected skin often peels or appears scaly and red when compared to the surrounding skin. In severe cases, the horse may develop blisters or leak a clear to yellowish fluid called serum. Just as with humans, sunburns can be quite painful for horses and, as a result, a sunburned horse may be reluctant to work or to agree to being ridden.
While a horse is not likely to pass away from a sunburn, it is possible for a sunburn to become infected and to lead to serious illness that could result in death. If your horse passes away from this condition or for any other reason, you can trust The Last Ride to remove and transport your horse’s body in a respectful and dignified manner.