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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Problems putting sun cream on a pink nose - any ideas please?

I now have two horses who need sun cream on their noses, Bracken and Fate.

Bracken has always been brilliant, you just hold her head and smooth it on, and she just stands there, I swear she knows it's helping, lol.

 

But Fate, who we've only had since last November is a different matter.

Before her previous owner bought her she had been hit around the face a fair bit, and was not exactly head shy, but very wary, especially of her nose.

From what I've gathered putting on sun cream was a bit hit and miss in previous summers, and I've tried my best to find a non smelly easily applied baby sun cream.

But whenever I get my hand or the tube anywhere near her nose up goes the top lip in a typical Flehmens attitude, and she shies away.

I do try to take it steady and talk to her, make a fuss, give her a treat when we've finished, and I am getting some on but not really enough.

I also try to touch and rub round her nose at other times, she loves having her bum scratched, so I do a bit of bum scratching and then move over her body gradually until we get down to the nose so she gets used to it being fussed.

She won't wear a fly mask or I would have given her one with a nose net on the end.

 

So, does anyone else have a problem like this, and if so what do you do please?

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lauralou15

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lauralou15 says:

Re: Problems putting sun cream on a pink nose - any ideas please?

Not the best solution but may get the job done.......could you put a headcoller on her just so you can put the cream on at least? then youve got hold of her head if she tries to turn away.

 

like i said not the best solution  good luck :) hope someonee else can come up with something better for you xx

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scarletromeo

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scarletromeo says:

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 have utried standing under her head as if putting a bridle on? hold over the bridge of her nose with one hand and rub it on wth the other..... that's how I iworm mine x

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JTurnbull80

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JTurnbull80 says:

Re: Problems putting sun cream on a pink nose - any ideas please?

 Have you tried the spray-on lotions?

It could be a bit of a shock and be counter productive if she is nervous around her nose to have the spray noise and the sudden cool sensation, but it means thats you can be quick, and it gets dispersed relatively quickly so you dont need to rub it around a lot. 

Also, if you do it regularly she could get used to it, because it's not like its a massive chaotic ordeal.

Hope this helps!

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toochi

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toochi says:

Re: Problems putting sun cream on a pink nose - any ideas please?

hi we had the same problem with my friends gelding . only way we could get the sun cream on was to put a halter on him , bring him out of field with some chopped apples and carrots in a bucket , i would then smother the palm of my hand with the cream put my hand firmly on his face and as he brought his head up his nose got covered in suncream , worked everytime , good luck

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Problems putting sun cream on a pink nose - any ideas please?

I have to put a headcollar on or Sabrina pretends she is a giraffe, she hates fly masks with or without nose covers and quite funny as sometimes she looks as if she has a pair of ears sticking out of her mane.

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Problems putting sun cream on a pink nose - any ideas please?

toochi said:

hi we had the same problem with my friends gelding . only way we could get the sun cream on was to put a halter on him , bring him out of field with some chopped apples and carrots in a bucket , i would then smother the palm of my hand with the cream put my hand firmly on his face and as he brought his head up his nose got covered in suncream , worked everytime , good luck



 

Thanks for all the replies folks, but I have to say this sounds the best, toochi, will have a go tonight with a small feed bowl, she is on the tubby side and doesn't usually get fed so it won't be a lot!!

And yes, I've always done it with a headcollar on ......

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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: Problems putting sun cream on a pink nose - any ideas please?

I use to have the same trouble with my filly but I put the sun cream in my one hand and a treat in the other, while I feed her I normally place my hand gentally on her nose and just stroke her (rubbing the cream in at the same time) while she eats the treat :-) works well for my girlie

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: Problems putting sun cream on a pink nose - any ideas please?

 I just spray tommys on, but he still gets burnt, the sudocreme i put on for the burn i have a handfull of chaff and a handfull of sudocreme feed and rub at the same time

 

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mill mo

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mill mo says:

Re: Problems putting sun cream on a pink nose - any ideas please?

Hi

If she will wear her headcollar in the field you can buy a nose net the attaches to it which is designed for sun protection, I think its made by equilibrum. I have one laying around somewhere.

I use a suncream made for horses it is a bit more expensive then the human grade stuff but you only need to apply it every three days, which would cut back on how often you have to upset Fate. Its by Ozvet.

Good luck with helping her get over her problem. 

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Problems putting sun cream on a pink nose - any ideas please?

mill mo said:

Hi

I use a suncream made for horses it is a bit more expensive then the human grade stuff but you only need to apply it every three days, which would cut back on how often you have to upset Fate. Its by Ozvet.



 

Thanks for that - I do have some as that's what I've always used on Bracken, but compared to human stuff it's very thick and not so easy to apply - and I didn't know you only needed to put it on every 3 days, that's interesting, will have a look at it, thank you.

 

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