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  • Glynis Giddings Sunburn
  • Glynis Giddings Sunburn

Preventing sunburn in horses

Article written by Dr Glynis Giddings – www.horse-genetics.com

Glynis Giddings SunburnPreventing sunburn in horses is just as important as preventing it in people. As warmer weather approaches, we will naturally be aware of the dangers of staying in the sun too long. We know that if we spend too much time in the sun we run the risk of turning a nice tan into an ugly sunburn. In addition to being unattractive and painful, we also know that sunburns can lead to skin cancer. We use all sorts of things from sunscreen to light weight covers and hats to prevent our skin from burning.

Because they are big and strong, we sometimes forget about the affect that the sun has on our horses. Horses, just like people, can sunburn. Sunburn is most frequently seen on horses with a light colored hair coat such as Appaloosa’s, Lipizzans, Paints, Pintos, Andalusians, cremellos and grays. Horse owners who own horses with white noses and a lot of pale skin around the eyes often find themselves treating their equine partners for sunburn.

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  • Glynis Giddings horse color genetics
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    Horse color genetics

  • Glynis Giddings horse color genetics
  • Glynis Giddings horse color genetics
  • Glynis Giddings horse color genetics
  • Glynis Giddings horse color genetics

Horse color genetics

Article written by Dr Glynis Giddings – www.horse-genetics.com

It is easy to understand horse color genetics at a basic level, since the basic coat colors of black, bay, brown and chestnut (including sorrel) are controlled by relatively few genes and not radically affected by the environment. On this horse color genetics page you will find a discussion of these genes and their affects on the phenotype (external appearance) of various colors and shades of horse.

Other coat colors, such as palomino and dun, and coat patterns, such as overo and appaloosa, may be a little more complicated, but not beyond the grasp of the dedicated horse color genetics enthusiast.

Most coat colors of the horse are easily recognised by most horse owners. However a quick look through chat sites on the web indicates that some horse owners are confused about horse color genetics, or would just like more information on the subject.

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