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post #1 of 9 Old 12-30-2011, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Deep imbeded dirt

My horse is stabled at the moment and he gets quite dirty under his belly despite having a fresh & clean bed every night. Theres 2 clumps of encrusted dirt on his underside, one is on the girth area which prevents me from riding with a saddle at the moment. It must have happened over night as I groom his underside everyday, but I cant get it off at all? I've been scrubbing it sevral times today using the body brush, dandy brush & even plastic curry combs to try & shift it. Can you guys recommend any lotions/potions/methods to try and get it off? I can't snip the hair off either as 1) it would irritate when the girth would be on and 2) the dirt is clinging right onto the bottom of the hairs.

All help is greatly apppreciated :)

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-30-2011, 02:16 PM
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Try a wet warm rag and let it sit there so it moistens the dirt, then just pick it off. It helps with my problems :)
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post #3 of 9 Old 12-30-2011, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'll give it a go

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post #4 of 9 Old 12-30-2011, 06:00 PM
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if that dosen't work you could try some shampoo, works a treat! just massage it in with your fingers and the anti-bacterial properties in the shampoo will lift the dirt right off

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-30-2011, 09:09 PM
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No such thing as mud too deeply embedded that it can't be brushed out. Either there's something else mixed in that mud like tar or pitch or it isn't mud. The chemical composition of soil is such that it breaks apart. In all the many decades I have owned & brushed mudhogs (horses), there's hasn't been one that I would not ride because I can't get mud off a girth/cinch area. Use more muscle & a different hard bristled brush.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-01-2012, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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I'll give that a go today leoandlivvy :)

waresbear - It's not as if I'm not trying! I'm not saying it's never going to come out. It's clinging to the very root of the hairs which is making it extremely difficult. My horse is very girth sensitive so something to lift it would be easier on both of us.

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post #7 of 9 Old 01-10-2012, 05:37 PM
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Wet towel or rag just to loosen it up a bit. Then take a curry to it then a body brush.... Anything to turn it into mud :)
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-10-2012, 07:13 PM
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I use the face curry combs (Jeffers® Face and Finishing Brush - Jeffers) for sensitive areas. For my mare, that is the hind leg where her peeing on dry dirt sprays urine-mud on the bottom of her legs. She objects to everything else, but will stand patiently while I rub her legs with those brushes.

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-10-2012, 08:12 PM
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If that doesn't work lather some baby oil on the spots. I'd double check the areas for any signs of wound, just in case. Dried blood is more difficult than dirt to remove.

At any rate.. good luck!
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