cleaning between "the girls"

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        02-06-2014, 01:28 PM
    cleaning between "the girls"

    Hi All,

    This might be a silly question, but here goes...

    So I was grooming my filly yesterday and noticed some mud between her teats. I wiped out most with my fingers but didn't have a clean towel, so today I'll be using a warm moist cloth to clean and will be applying some neosporen (there was some dampness / stickyness). We've had hard ground for a few weeks now, so the mud is old and I want to be cautious (hence the neosporen).

    I'm always good at grooming the inner leg, up behind her tummy, basically everywhere EXCEPT in between her "girls". With geldings there is the checking for beans, sheath cleaning, etc. which got me often do you guys clean your mare's teats, if at all?

    With mares I've had in the past, cleaning their girly bits was very irregular and we never had any problems, but still...just curious what you guys do! :)
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        02-06-2014, 02:04 PM
    I clean Dani's about once a week. The mares I've had seem to enjoy it. I'm sure it's itchy when it's not cleaned regularly. It's not mud up there, it's the equivalent of smegma in the gelding's sheath. Maybe it's called that in the mare's udder as well.
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        02-06-2014, 02:06 PM
    I usually just pick out the oily muddy junk from between there. If I want to do a good job I use a warm damp cloth like you did. You can use baby wipes too. They have "under the tail" wipes, but they are just expensive individually packaged baby wipes marketed to horse people.
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        02-06-2014, 02:08 PM
    I pick that build-up out every time I groom my mares. One gets a ton of build-up. She loves it! LOL It isn't mud, it is a waxy secretion, technically called smegma. Pick it off/wipe it off and leave it be. Neosporin is not necessary.
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        02-06-2014, 02:16 PM
    Huh...just learned something new. Love it.
    I'll try to groom there more often now that I know.
    Thanks guys! :)
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        02-06-2014, 02:38 PM
    Green Broke
    I just pick it out with my hands then run my hands over her teats to get the dirt off the tip. You could use a baby wipe or a cloth, but it not necessary. You also don't need the neosporin. If anything it could create more of a problem (skin breakdown from constant moisture).
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        02-06-2014, 02:50 PM
    Get KY jelly in the pharmacy section and apply to a wet cloth. It's a very gentle lubricant. It's good for sheath cleaning as well. In the summer time lather lots of Vaseline up in the doing the entire area. The bugs will avoid it or get stuck in it. Redo every third day.
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        02-06-2014, 03:13 PM
    We've had mares for a long time and have never cleaned any female areas except after having been bred.
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        02-06-2014, 06:05 PM
    Green Broke
    My mare gets a buildup of gunk. It falls off so I can just gently pull it off without soap of water. When it gets really bad is when I take sheath cleaner and do a thorough cleaning. I try to clean/ bathe her once every two weeks (If I don't her skin gets dry then her hair falls out 0.o). I clean all her girly parts then too.
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        02-06-2014, 06:10 PM
    Green Broke
    All I gotta say is that the mares we had LOOOOOOOOVED it when you cleaned down there! Itchy, itchy!
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