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        08-24-2008, 10:46 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    gotta clean 'em..

    Well I figured considering I own a mare I need to get over the ew's about this process of cleaning chances teats From what I know she hasnt had them clean in a while or from what I know and I think its due, she's been doing a lot of kick up in that area.

    So seeing as if she's not use to it how should I go about cleaning them??

    For now im just going to take some paper towels. With some warmish water. Usually I take the hose and let the stream head up there but I don't think its working.


    Any advice would be great!
         
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        08-25-2008, 01:01 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Give her a bath and get some soap and just stick ur hand up and clean them its not lke gelding were you are cleaning were the pee or anything I will worn you tho if they havent been cleaned in a while they will be gewy I know nasty but its easier to clean when you do it often I try to clean my mares every time I give them a full bath with soap and everything so maybe once a month some times twice and if it hasnt been done in a while at first she might kick out so carry a crop just in case. But usually they don't hate it once they figured out what you are doing
         
        08-25-2008, 01:15 PM
      #3
    Showing
    Definitly be careful. Even if she has had a spray of water up there she may not like your hand there till she know what your doing. I have to go in from the back between Vida's back legs to do hers. Fras will let you go in from the side. You need to spread the teets apart and clean between them, not the teets themselves. You'll know it when you hit the dirty part.
    I think its easier when its kinda dried out. Then it just sort of flakes off. I use my fingers and to get most of it off then my fingernails to kinda scrape the gooey part off. Make sure to have some handywipes nearby (for yourself, not the horse) I find that because its sort of oily/tarrish that its cleans better without water.
    Its really not that bad and once Chance figures it out she will enjoy it.
         
        08-25-2008, 01:19 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Haha the reason I have mares is so I don't have to clean gelding out I don't mind mares at all lol
         
        08-25-2008, 02:44 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco
    Definitly be careful. Even if she has had a spray of water up there she may not like your hand there till she know what your doing. I have to go in from the back between Vida's back legs to do hers. Fras will let you go in from the side. You need to spread the teets apart and clean between them, not the teets themselves. You'll know it when you hit the dirty part.
    I think its easier when its kinda dried out. Then it just sort of flakes off. I use my fingers and to get most of it off then my fingernails to kinda scrape the gooey part off. Make sure to have some handywipes nearby (for yourself, not the horse) I find that because its sort of oily/tarrish that its cleans better without water.
    Its really not that bad and once Chance figures it out she will enjoy it.
    Yeah, just pick it off dry with your hand, your hand will stink after if you haven't done it for a while! When moo didn't like it I curry combed the other side of her rump as a distraction worked pretty well and now she just stands and lets you pick
         
        08-25-2008, 04:01 PM
      #6
    Started
    Just be careful... try to observe her movements and watch her head/ears. April just started letting me do it. It took many attempts over many days. I started with rubbing her belly and working my way back. Everytime she gave me the "you better stop NOW" look I would not go further back but would just rub in that spot and end for the day.

    Over time I was able to get all of the way back to clean out the teats. She still gets a little touchy about it...so I just keep my head up and looking at her.

    My other mare Chloe just LOVES it, she does the whole lip/head bobbing thing. Good luck though
         
        08-25-2008, 04:38 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Baby wipes work good too! :) just be careful
         
        08-25-2008, 09:24 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Usually I can brush with the soft brush around her legs and in between them and near her teats to ill work on it
    Thanks for the help! Cause I know they need to be done.
         
        08-26-2008, 12:29 AM
      #9
    Started
    Ummmm reininfool....you are supposed to clean what on a gelding? omg I just read another post and I know to much now!!!!
         
        08-26-2008, 04:54 PM
      #10
    Green Broke
    Well we did some testing today lol! I can officlly clean them out tomorrow cause today we just did a lot of feeling around and kinda messing with that area to get her use to it at first she did the umm mom idk what your doing and I don't think I like it to the hmm this isnt to bad to the whoa mom that was weird! :P

    Kinda cute umm idk if im going to like the cleaning process though.

    Ill let you know how it goes.
         

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