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post #11 of 26 Old 07-23-2009, 07:41 PM
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I've never actually smelled the stuff from my mare LOL but if some of you mean that you can smell it wafting up from the horse's private place without getting too close, then I got lucky as well, because I never notice a smell from Sandie at all!

Although I do clean her every week so maybe that's why?! It seems like that sticky nasty dirt stuff gets in there SO fast though! Man, I can't imagine the poor wild horses who don't have anyone to clean them!!

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post #12 of 26 Old 07-23-2009, 07:44 PM
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I also haven't noticed a smell from either of my mares. Geldings, yes, and I think part of that is the sheath cleaner, but my mares are both non-smelling. Maybe I'll have to check again? Haha.

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While we're on the topic, does anyone have any tips on cleaning a mare who REALLY does not want you messing around down there? Tipsy is so sensitive I cannot even run a soft brush over the underside of her belly, if I even get close to her udder she kicks at her belly to get me to stop. I thought about having someone hold one of her back legs up for me while I clean her, but I'm worried she might hurt my helper!

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Its the stuff that smells (smegma I think its called?) not the horse. Mine all smell like horses normally.
It usually only smells when it gets to the tarry stage, When its dry its not stinky. I think if your mares udders are far apart and the air can get to it, it won't stink. Both our mares udders are large (multiple foals) its like a large fold of skin that has to be spread and cleaned. The fillies are small and the teets are far apart so air gets in there. Is that too much information?


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While we're on the topic, does anyone have any tips on cleaning a mare who REALLY does not want you messing around down there? Tipsy is so sensitive I cannot even run a soft brush over the underside of her belly, if I even get close to her udder she kicks at her belly to get me to stop. I thought about having someone hold one of her back legs up for me while I clean her, but I'm worried she might hurt my helper!

any thoughts?
Vida was like that too. I finally had to go in from the rear. I started rubbing up by her tail worked my way down her legs and then between the legs. Once she figured out it felt good she was ok with it.
Stand close to her and to the side. Watch her ears and if she goes into mad mode move your hand away. Keep doing it, she'll figure it out


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Its the stuff that smells (smegma I think its called?) not the horse. Mine all smell like horses normally.
It usually only smells when it gets to the tarry stage, When its dry its not stinky. I think if your mares udders are far apart and the air can get to it, it won't stink. Both our mares udders are large (multiple foals) its like a large fold of skin that has to be spread and cleaned. The fillies are small and the teets are far apart so air gets in there. Is that too much information?
Aha, that's a good point! Sandie's had 2 foals, so hers are far apart as well...maybe that's why!

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any thoughts?
Don't do it right away. Spend a week just gently petting her on inner side of the legs and getting closer and closer to private parts. As long as she realizes you not gonna hurt her she'll be fine. I always start VERY slowly with my paint with just petting it with my hand (no water), and only after she looks more relaxed I go ahead and clean.
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Its the stuff that smells (smegma I think its called?) not the horse. Mine all smell like horses normally.
It usually only smells when it gets to the tarry stage, When its dry its not stinky. I think if your mares udders are far apart and the air can get to it, it won't stink. Both our mares udders are large (multiple foals) its like a large fold of skin that has to be spread and cleaned. The fillies are small and the teets are far apart so air gets in there. Is that too much information?
Yes, that's a very reasonable explanation. Although that dirt there is not very dry, I can't say it's very sticky or wet on touch either. But it gets pretty dirty in matter of days there! I'm glad I don't own a gelding!!
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Sassafras, our milk cow who is still lactating 3 years after giving birth, will have a tar pit. I don't groom her often (hubby's horse) but when I do its always nasty. She is a large uttered gal


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I clean my mare daily as part of her grooming routine. I then use a combination of Swat and a first aid cream to help with the nats that seem to love that area. Although now she has a foal at her side so I don't use that anymore until the foal is weaned.
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