Originally Posted by RonnR
Have been involved with raising horses for over 65 years, and have recently encountered a situation that has me stymied.
Currently have four mares of breeding age, and as I was preparing one for breeding, having been taught to gently was the genital area with a mild soap, and also doing the same to the stallion, I found that this particular mare had a deposit at the base of the vulva that looked like dirty cottage cheese. Ugly looking and it smelled bad also.
None of the other mares in the barn have this problem.
I called my Vet and told him about it, and asked what should I do. He professed no knowledge of what I was describing, and he is an equine vet.
So, went to the internet and after quite a bit of searching, found that it is smegma, but nothing on how to get rid of it, if it can be gotten rid of.
Have not introduced the mare to the stallion at this time, and do not plan to, until I find out more about this. For I do not want to introduce anything to my stallion that he doesn't need.
Any information that can be shared will be appreciated.
Smegma is just oil secreted by the horse, similar to our sweat, to keep those areas soft and not dry out. It can be colored black, reddish, white or a mixture. You can wash it off with just water, mild soap and water, or they do have cleaners for it. Normally, to clean either the penis/sheath or the udders, we just reach down there and work loose the bigger peices. In the summer we might use a cleaner and water. For under the tail on either sex, we use baby wipes to clean them off. I don't think I've seen smegma on the rear end before or it being flaky. Mostly, it's just from the poop and just on the mares.