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post #1 of 6 Old 04-02-2011, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Question Cleaning under tail parts

My mare is always "dirty" under tail. It seems to me like her skin there is dry or something, because it is peeling (is it said like that? -The skin goes down in flakes). I never saw a horse like that. I clean her often, but in two days it's the same again.
What to do?
How often should I clean her? Just with a sponge or water too? What can I do to stop this "peeling"?

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-03-2011, 10:30 AM
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What you have found with your mare is something that many mare owners do not know and never given thought to the specifics of the typical genitial of mares. The stallion and mare both secrete body oils called smegma in their gential area. The smegma needs to be cleaned from between the mare's udder just as a stallion/gelding needs his sheath cleaned. From my having had geldings and mares here over the years I used K-Y Jelly for both purposes and it worked favorably in all cases/uses. Two mares I had experience with had the flaky, irritated looking skin directy under their tails, also. The next day after I treated and doctored those mares rectal areas they were obviously far more comfortable.
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What you have found with your mare is something that many mare owners do not know and never given thought to the specifics of the typical genitial of mares. The stallion and mare both secrete body oils called smegma in their gential area. The smegma needs to be cleaned from between the mare's udder just as a stallion/gelding needs his sheath cleaned. From my having had geldings and mares here over the years I used K-Y Jelly for both purposes and it worked favorably in all cases/uses. Two mares I had experience with had the flaky, irritated looking skin directy under their tails, also. The next day after I treated and doctored those mares rectal areas they were obviously far more comfortable.
Thanks, candandy!! I have never experienced this first hand (with a mare) but now I know what to do should it ever occur. More importantly, I know what CAUSES it!!

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Thank you :) I was a bit worried, because I never noticed it on other mares.

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Cleaning under tail parts

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.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-03-2011, 11:21 PM
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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.

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