Horse Care – The Sun is Shining At Last, Do We Need To Protect our Horses From the Sun?
The skin for both human or equine is the largest organ of the body, therefore yes we do need to protect ourselves and our horses and ponies from the sun. We all know that the discomfort from too long a sunny day on the beach can have pretty uncomfortable effects for days afterwards if we don’t protect ourselves adequately!
So How Can We Help Our Equine Friends Find Protection From The Sun?:
- Try to make sure there is access to shade either in the form of natural shading like trees and high hedges, or in the form of a field shelter in the paddock.
- Some fly rugs also act as a sunblock and shield off the suns rays.
- Put your horse or pony in during the hottest part of the day if no access to shading in their paddock.
- Apply sun block like the one below to sensitive areas like pink noses and white legs first thing in the morning and again late afternoon if wall to wall sunshine.
I have a special interest in the above sun block and there is quite a heart warming story attached to the making of it, which I have written about below. I hope you will enjoy it: First a brief introduction about myself:
My name is Rachel and I own and run Hivron Horse Haven, which is a livery yard for retired horses and the rehabilitation of horses recovering from injuries and operations. I also do rehabilitation livery for one of the horse charities and take in rescue horses and ponies, rehabilitate them, physically and mentally so that they can be rehomed to loving experienced homes. All the horses have life insurance.
The Story of the Creation of Monty and Emma’s Sunblock:
Andy and I have two daughters Kirsty and Emma, both girls are pony mad, just as well really! Emma, just over a year ago when she was 10 years old had a tragic loss. Her super pony Kandy was staked in the stomach as they were ambling up a farm track. After two operations and a week later her dear pony passed away at the surgery. We were all devastated, poor Em, such a hard, cruel thing to happen for a child so young to come to terms with.
This awful incident happened on Valentine ’s Day. Just over a month later I went to collect two rescue ponies for the charity, one of which was a 14.2hh 15 year old skewbald called Monty. We wormed him, treated his terrible rain scald and quietly watched him gain in condition. Em took a shine to him and pleaded with me to let her ride him, well I actually had to be the guinea pig being the responsible parent!
A year and a half on and Monty is a very important member of our family. He has been such a success that I still cannot believe how lucky we were for him to have found us, let alone the timing of his appearance here. We were all still numb at the loss of Kandy and I had not even thought of how I was going to find a replacement for him.
Monty is a 15 year old 14.2hh skewbald gelding, who has got lots of character to keep Emma on her toes!. He has a lot of pink skin, his nose area is all pink. Last summer the weather for GB was a pretty good one, but not if you are a pony like Monty, who has a very sensitive pink nose. When we first adopted Monty it was at the beginning of the Spring. When the sun became stronger his poor nose blistered easily and was very sore. I’d never seen such a quick and severe reaction to the sun.
My friend Jo, makes all her own organic skin care products, growing and harvesting a lot of her own ingredients. She sells her products under the brand name of Earthbound Organics. Jo very quickly came to the rescue and adapted her original sunblock for humans to suit Monty, mainly by cleverly making it fragrance free so as not to interfere with Monty’s sensitive sense of smell. I apply it first thing in the morning and about 6.00 in the evening if wall to wall sunshine. Now Monty has a beautiful pink nose all the time with no blistering. We also make special horse saddles for Monty for his sensitive skin.
We have a lot of coloured rescue horses and I apply our sunblock on a regular basis, well that is of course when the sun shines!! As a family we all use it. On holiday in sunny Bulgaria where the sun was very strong. It was fantastic, no burning, but we still developed a healthy glow.
Of course the next development is to share this wonderful product. The coming about of this sunblock is quite personal so we felt we had to call it:
‘Monty and Emma’s Organic Sun Protection for Horse and Rider.’
Below is a list of the ingredients used to make this superb product:
- Zinc Oxide - A broad spectrum blocker, protecting skin from UVA, UVB and UVC.
- Organic coconut oil - A natural sunscreen and sun tolerance, has a soothing effect on sensitive and irritated skin.
- Sesame Oil - A natural sun protection factor due to the vitamin E it contains, which is a natural antioxidant
- Rice Ban Oil - Absorbs UV rays and helps prevent oxidation
- Beeswax - A protective barrier for the skin, but still allowing the skin to breath. Retains moisture and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic properties making it beneficial for wound healing
- Organic Aloe Vera - Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial, soothing and calming to the skin.
- Preservative Eco
I have put a few pointers together of the great things I love about Monty and Emma’s Sunblock:
- An Effective Organic Sunblock made for both Horse and Rider
- It is approx. 30spf – 98% sunblock
- Can be applied to sunburnt, irritated or broken skin
- There has been no fragrance added so as not to interfere with the horses sense of smell
- Contained in a strong handy pocket size 150ml tin
- Soothes fly bites especially horse fly bites
- Water Resistant
- Safe and Effective
- The tin container is safe and strong to use around animals
- Will not harm if ingested
Monty and Emma’s sunblock is sold in 150ml tins at £12.99 inc. postage. If you would like to order some please either click here or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to dispatch some to you.