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post #11 of 30 Old 02-06-2014, 06:10 PM
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I don't clean my mare there. Pretty sure she would kick my head off if I tried. She's a very very thin skinned TB tho who hates grooming as well. Tolerates it because she has to but absolutely hates it.
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post #12 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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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.

I'll get some KY next time I'm in town - thanks for the tip!

Quick question - would the Vaseline cause issues with the constant moisture SlideStop mentioned?
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I don't clean my mare there. Pretty sure she would kick my head off if I tried. She's a very very thin skinned TB tho who hates grooming as well. Tolerates it because she has to but absolutely hates it.
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I was pleasantly suprised mine didn't! She kinda moved her leg a bit which made me think it was hurting, but then I saw her nose wiggle so I figured she was enjoying it and just moving her leg so I had better reach
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post #14 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 09:55 AM
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I clean my Maci's udder as well. I don't do it every grooming session, but every 2 weeks or so I clean between the teats.. I just make sure I don't have COLD hands when I do it.. She seems to like it.

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post #15 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 10:44 AM
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This is one reason I like mares more than geldings. They are easier to clean.

I usually only clean them once a month, that is if I remember. I just pick out the clumps with my fingers. One of our mares hardly ever gets dirty there and one seems to get clumps in a week. The rest are somewhere in between.

Just like with geldings, you have to get them used to being touched there. Few don't mind it, but most you have to get used to it. If your horse was trained before you got it and doesn't mind, someone else has got them used to it.
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post #16 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 10:44 AM
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I keep a check on my mares daily when I feed them, but only clean them if they need it (about once every two weeks). I just use my nails to pick the worst crud off, then use a damp rag to get the rest off. They seem to enjoy it.
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post #17 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 11:04 AM
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Whenever I wash her tail I will go ahead and give her a good scrub there as well. She hates it and threatens to kick unless I lube her up with some conditioner first. I slather some of that on and let it set for a few minutes to loosen up while I work on her tail and then rinse it all off while scrubbing.
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post #18 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 12:31 PM
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I use Baby Oil - rub it on with your hands (wear rubber or disposable surgical gloves as it smells much the same as a gelding and seems to cling to your hands even after you wash them) and then wipe away with either a paper towel or a soft cloth QUICK & EASY
It can cause a lot of irritation to the horse if it builds up and often the cause of a tail scratching in their efforts to relieve it
I do them once a week in the winter but will wipe them over every day in the summer as part of general grooming because the smell attracts flies to that area - and its also a popular hang out place for ticks.
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I'll get some KY next time I'm in town - thanks for the tip!

Quick question - would the Vaseline cause issues with the constant moisture SlideStop mentioned?
Just curious, why do you feel it's necessary to put something down there?
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post #20 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 02:59 PM
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I just use the petroleum jelly when the bugs come out. If you feel under there you will feel all the bites. It's the one place they can't scratch. My geldings will line themselves up, even moving a leg back so I'll slather the jelly on. Tail rubbing is often caused by mosquitoes biting the underside of the dock as horses walk with the tail away from the body. That too get's slathered with jelly. Or, if someone saves bacon grease it's great for healing bug bites.
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