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post #21 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 03:57 PM
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I clean every time I tack up so several times a week. Once I forgot and she kept ringing her tail and was upset and I cleaned her and then she was fine so I'm sure it gets irritating if it's dirty
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post #22 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 04:54 PM
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*light bulb* Maybe THIS is my my mare has been crabby and rubbing her tail a bit lately. In warmer weather, I always hose her off after rides to flush out sweat and gunk from back there, but lately it's been too cold...hmm, maybe I should go out there with some wipes and see if that makes a difference. :P
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post #23 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 05:34 PM
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I use sheath cleaner and an old sock and clean my mare at the same time I clean the gelding(s). I also take a bucket of warm water with me from the house so it isn't too cold. My mare totally doesn't mind and she gets lots of gunk down there too.

I used to use baby oil but one of the geldings is allergic to it (it made his sheath swell up) so now I just buy the sheath cleaner and use it with warm water. The sheath cleaner lasts a long, long time, and rinses off easily so I think it's worth the cost.
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*light bulb* Maybe THIS is my my mare has been crabby and rubbing her tail a bit lately. In warmer weather, I always hose her off after rides to flush out sweat and gunk from back there, but lately it's been too cold...hmm, maybe I should go out there with some wipes and see if that makes a difference. :P

I know it's this way for geldings. If they get really itchy and rub their tail, I know they are overdue for sheath cleaning, so it makes sense mares would feel the same way.
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post #25 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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quote/ Just curious, why do you feel it's necessary to put something down there?

I was going to use the KY to loosen it the crud up a bit. :) I wasn't sure what the vasoline was for which was why I was asking about it. But, sounds like there are a lot of good options!!

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post #26 of 30 Old 02-07-2014, 07:43 PM
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On my two girls, I just check them out about once a month or so and clean if necessary. I don't go into all the scrubbing with cleaner or a wet cloth and all that, I just pick the crud off with my fingers and then rub down there with my hands. My draft mare really enjoys it, but my little filly is a little squeamish about it...all the more reason to do it more LOL.

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post #27 of 30 Old 02-13-2014, 02:44 PM
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Honestly, I never used to except for when I would be in the wash stall, I'd give a good hosing under there. Now, I check for mud and dirt and use a sponge and warm water to clean under there, but it's more "as needed." I should probably get into the habit of doing it more often.
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post #28 of 30 Old 02-13-2014, 02:48 PM
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Its got a greasy consistency so wont wash off with plain water
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post #29 of 30 Old 02-13-2014, 03:34 PM
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I use nice warm water & later up some Ivory liquid in my hands & give a gentle scrub. My mare seems to enjoy it.

Warm water rinse on a gentle setting with the hose.

I do it about once every month or so...
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post #30 of 30 Old 02-13-2014, 09:03 PM
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On my girls, I use kirks soap and a very soft "applicator" to loosen it up and get it out. I "rinse" it off with a plain wet cloth. Kirks leaves no residue. It is sensitive skin.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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