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Yesterday when I was out feeding our two old sweeties I couldn’t help but notice that Bud has a red nose. His soft muzzle, normally pale and mottled, is now crimson.

It’s not quite Rudolph quality, but it is most definitely sunburned.

Our sweet old boy looks as if he’s been hanging out at the beach. You know, surfing, swimming and joking with his buddies. Except that we’re in Colorado, not California.

Oh well, so much for that theory.

Instead, he’s been in a pasture with very little shade and a string of hotter-than-usual summer days.

I’m keeping this post short.

I have to make a trip to the store for a very large tube of zinc oxide!

I’m sure you’ll understand.

 

P.S. I learned yesterday that Red has moved to a ranch in Wyoming with some very nice people to look after him. Even though we miss him, I’m glad he’s going to have his own adoring peeps for the last years of his life. Though I must say, we were pretty darned adoring too!

Miss that tough old Mustang…

In Colorado we live close to the sun, which means we’re at risk for getting sunburned. And sunburn is not a good thing for skin. It can lead to age spots, wrinkles and worst of all – skin cancer.

Slathering on sunscreen has become part of my daily routine.

Wake up. Check,

Drink coffee. Check.

Wash face. Check.

Apply sunscreen. Check.

Is Bud Getting a Sunburn?

This year as Bud has started shedding out, we’ve noticed a lot of pink skin showing through his thinning hair coat.

Are we really seeing more skin?

Or is he getting a sunburn?

We’re not sure yet.

Last fall our vet increased his Pergolide, which has made a huge improvement in Bud’s overall health and condition.

But now we’re wondering if it is causing him to shed out more than usual, leaving his light appaloosa skin exposed to the sun. He’s wondering if there is a Hair Club for Horses in his future. Just to be on the safe side, I’m keeping the credit cards and cell phone away from Bud for the time being!

Light skinned horses do get sunburned.

Some horse keepers apply sunscreen to their animals, though I’m not sure how well that works with horses that live in a pasture.

Others use a lightweight flysheet as a cover up.

This will likely be our choice if it looks as if we are going to need to protect Bud’s delicate skin.

Right now, we’re taking the wait and see approach.

First Mija and now Bud. What is it about our pink-skinned animals and us? There must be a lesson here!

How about you? Are you remembering your sunscreen every day?

Consider this a gentle nudge.

A friendly reminder.

A call to action.

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