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post #1 of 11 Old 02-15-2014, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Gavyn is sooo stinky

Any ideas to make him less stinky? We live in mn so it is very cold here right now, he really needs a bath but that will have to wait. Any ideas on what I can do?

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-15-2014, 06:48 PM
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Stinky, as in "normal horse smell" or really worse?

Sorry if I ask, but is it possible that his paddok/box is too small and dirty, so he has to sleep on his feces/urines?
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-15-2014, 08:50 PM
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Some geldings can become very smelly when their sheath needs cleaned.
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post #4 of 11 Old 02-16-2014, 03:41 AM
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I second the "normal horse stinky or something worse" question. I will admit to having a very sensitive nose but I can always smell when an animal is sick. Aside from genuine illness or laying in his own mess you might try dusting him up with baking soda. It will absorb the excess oils and general funkyness without having to get him wet. It's inexpensive, readily available and natural so no big deal on any front.
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-16-2014, 12:39 PM
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Horses normally don't stink even when dirty or sweaty. I second checking his sheath and his living conditions. How much of his time he spends stalled, on what surface does he sleep? Also, his feed should be taken into consideration. Overly sugary feeds or changes in a horses' endocrine system may change his smell. Also, does he happen to have rain rot or any other fungal problems? Those change how a horse smells as well.

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Any ideas to make him less stinky? We live in mn so it is very cold here right now, he really needs a bath but that will have to wait. Any ideas on what I can do?
Same question. Are you talking about the way a horse smells and he's just smelling like that more (i.e. the smell has become more noticeable or "stronger")?

I do know people who think horses don't smell nice (sweaty ones at least). I just attribute it to there being something wrong with their sense of smell . While I'm sure horses, like humans, have their own individual odor they all smell pretty much the same to me. It's a bit different when they're sweaty, but I don't find that unpleasant either (the wool blanket I fold up and use for a saddle blanket doubles as the blanket I sleep under when I ride out to camp and I find the smell very pleasing).

So either you are one of the people who finds a strong horse odor undesirable or there's something wrong with the horse.

Is there anyway you can describe the smell? (although I have no idea how I'd describe what a horse should smell like.....smells like a horse )

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My paint mare always stinks in the winter *sigh* I've tried keeping her stall as clean as possible (cleaning it every single time I'm down at the barn, 5-6 times a day) so she never lays in her own yuck. Cleaning her feet just as often, and spraying with bleach and water twice a day, though maybe it was from between her teats. So Did that everyday. And no deal. She just stinks in the winter, she isn't ill and passes the vet check every year(even though they scratch their heads at her smell in the winter). And I've pretty much given up, I brush her, keep her feet and stall just as clean as the others now. (stall once a day, feet twice, brushing at least once a day normaly twice) And just try to ignore the smell when she wants to stand by me lol.
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-16-2014, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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I think he is just stinky from it being winter. He is in his stall a lot more, I notice urine spots on him after he lays down. I clean his stall daily, and he is outside a lot. His sheath was just cleaned, so I don't think it is that. I feed him safechoice maintenance.
I was just wondering if there was anything I could do inbetween bathing him. He does lay down in his stall and he pees right in the middle so he does end up laying in the urine.

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Maybe try different shavings with better absorption? If you can't give him a shelter/very large stall setup, he might not have much of a choice regarding where to sleep. Normally horses don't lie down in their own urine, if they have the choice.
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-17-2014, 08:36 AM
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Try Febreeze?
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