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post #1 of 20 Old 05-06-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning teats...the most effective way?

It's supposed to be warm tomorrow so Miss Lacey is probably going to get a bath (yay!).
However, this brings me to the question I always have during bathing season: how on earth do I get her teats really clean?
They're obviously itchy (she loves having them scratched) and they're very scummy when I clean them (weekly during the summer, not so often in the winter), but I feel like I'm never able to do a really effective job.

Basically, her teats are pretty dangly and she has at least 5 circular, protruding gray horse melanomas on/between them that seem to really collect gunk.
I'm tried just using my fingers+water+shampoo but stuff always seems to be left behind in the grooves between her and the melanomas... I do let the shampoo sit for a bit on her teats before trying to get anything off, so everything kinda softens up, that works ok but stuff is still left behind...

I do my best but maybe there's "a way" or someone who's figured out how to maneuver around those melanomas...
Maybe? Haha

Thankfully she adores it when I clean them so I can literally spend 15 minutes attempting to clean her teats and she'll still be like "more please!!!"

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No help with the melanoma part but have you tried a sheath cleaner like excalibur? It does a good job on gunky mare udders too.
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I use warm water and sponge to start with. I just use my finger to take the pieces of gunk off (if needed). My qh keeps her private parts quite clean, my paint's is just OMG! Yes, takes time to clean.

P.S> I did try to soak and leave, baby oil, and whatever else, but never worked for me.

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I clean between them every day on my Lacy with just a wash rag and warm water.

I don't know that they ever stay clean very long.

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I like an old sock on my hand for the actual washing.
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a baby scrubby, it's like the nylon ones for people only softer. And baby shampoo.
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That is also a favorite site for biting insects which causes itching. When she's dry, slather, and I mean lots of petroleum jelly all around up there. The bugs don't like it and it lasts about 3 days.
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Interesting idea Saddlebag! What do you do after the three days, can you just put more on? Or do you have to wash the area, then put more on?


I tried the wash rag+shampoo and it worked much better than I had anticipated. Dunno why I never thought of that! Haha
After I did it though, I forgot to do a fingernail check to make sure everything was clean but she seems more comfortable down there (no new tail rubbing) so yay for that!

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Good deal then :) glad she isn't as itchy. And the flies don't seem to like the smell for some reason. Weird huh? Lol

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One of my mares freaks out when you try to clean between the teats. She will squeal a little and move away if you just try to touch them. It is the only place on her body that she is touchy about. Any ideas?

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