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    04-03-2013, 04:18 AM
My silly broodmare LOVES that area cleaned and rubbed. She will move her back leg far out behind her on the side I am on to give me better access. What an awful place that would be to have though. Can you imagine a place on your body that gets so cruddy and you cannot reach it easily, if at all?
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    04-03-2013, 06:30 AM
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Mares should at least be check every so often. Just like geldings need their sheath cleaned, mares do need their udders cleaned. Some can go months to be cleaned where others can need cleaning every other week.

We have one mare that rarely gets anything in her udders and one that gets full of smegma in a couple of weeks. It is good to get them used to being touched down there. I usually check our mares once a month when I think of it. It doesn't hurt anything to check them over. After a few times, you'll get to know if you need to check more often or less.

I just feel for the smegma and pick it out. As for the genitals, baby wipes work great. One mare loves having her backside cleaned. She'll pull her tail out of the way for you.

The nose can be checked however often you remember. We just stick a finger up there and feel for anything. We haven't ever used any cleaners on their noses.
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    04-03-2013, 12:44 PM
Thanks for the great advice, everyone.
So I guess my question now is, what is the best way to get her used to me cleaning her underside? I don't want to touch the wrong part, irritate her, etc. Do I need to use baby wipes?

And how would you know if a tick was down there? I never even really look there other than when I'm brushing off her stomach, so this is kind of new to me...

    04-03-2013, 12:52 PM
You can use a soft brush, like a shoe shine brush. If you are concerned about her kicking at you wait till the bugs are out. That is an area bugs feast on and she will enjoy a good washing (no shampoo). That should put her into contortions of glee. Be sure to slather lots of vaseline up under there, including her teats. It lasts about three days so get a big tub of it from wally world.
    04-03-2013, 12:58 PM
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My mares love having their 'udder' areas cleaned - even the one who is funny about having the top insides of her back legs brushed
I use baby oil (wearing rubber gloves) to loosen any crud that's gathered that then easily falls off and then wipe it over with a piece of paper kitchen towel - stuff like Excalibur that you clean sheaths with works really well too.
If you leave it I'm sure it gets itchy and even sore in the summer when the smell attracts flies
    04-03-2013, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by hellothere    
Thanks for the great advice, everyone.
So I guess my question now is, what is the best way to get her used to me cleaning her underside? I don't want to touch the wrong part, irritate her, etc. Do I need to use baby wipes?

And how would you know if a tick was down there? I never even really look there other than when I'm brushing off her stomach, so this is kind of new to me...

Does she allow you to rub her belly? If so, just rub her belly and slowly work your way back there. If not, start where you can rub here and work your way there. If you feel unsafe about rubbing her, start with a cue stick or whip to keep yourself at a safe distance from getting kicked. If she does try to kick or just lift a leg as a warning, do not pull away if possible. If you do, you'll be rewarding what she just did. Just hold your hand there or keep rubbing until she stands nicely, then remove your hand and start over. There should be no wrong part to touch. If your horse tells you that you did, you just need to desensitize more.

You don't need to use babywipes but you might want to use some rubber or latex gloves. Otherwise, the smegma you get on your hands does smell. Some people hate it but I don't mind it.

Finding ticks on them is the same as finding them on yourself. Either you see them or you feel them.
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    04-03-2013, 07:02 PM
If you reach under there and she doesn't like it most horses will offer a warning of a tail flick or a threat to kick. It's carbon dioxide that her body gives off and there's little hair up there to protect them. That is why the bugs feast there and up between the hind legs. And under the tail.
    04-05-2013, 06:11 PM
To bathe their udders I use sponges that I think are actually intended to wash a car; you see them in both household and autocleaning supply areas . It has a super soft material w dangley "fingers" attached to it around a sponge core. I use castile soap for udders (sheaths, too) b/c it leaves no residue. The udder is a sensitive area w delicate skin. IMO, it is imporant to be "considerate" and gentle and to first communicate what your are going to do and ask for "permission". If you are polite about it, there should be no problem. :) Not so for geldings...they don't always appreciate "polite"..the bums.
    04-05-2013, 06:38 PM
As usandpets pointed out. Mares need to be checked just like geldings. If it gets really bad they'll start doing like geldings and rubbing their tail against things. Like geldings some will have the need to be cleaned than others. They get a build up between their teets. Its usually sort of hard and can be flaked off. I usually find it needs cleaning more frequently in the warmer months. I don't bother with water or anything. Since I don't use anything to soften it I can basically peel or rub it off with my fingers. Just takes a couple minutes and I can do it no matter what the weather.

If they aren't use to you cleaning them there, but are familiar and comfortable with you grooming them in general, it only takes a few minutes to get them to let you clean them. No more than teaching them to lift up their tail so you can take their temperature.
    04-05-2013, 06:43 PM
Originally Posted by Missy May    
Not so for geldings...they don't always appreciate "polite"..the bums.
(I can't resist )
Well, if you'd cut my gonads off I might be a little apprehensive about you handling what was left.
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