So here is an odd one for you.
I have a long two year old who had no handling before we got her this last fall. With busy schedules, she has not gotten as much work as I would like, but is coming along decently. She mostly stands for grooming and we can pick up her feet - but it has do be done carefully.
So here is the problem. On day, about six weeks ago now, she found something truely gross to lay down in. The muck stuck to her fur then the heat of her body turned it to what seems like clay. Due to cold weather, a bath is out of the question - she has also never had one.
The spot on her face, we tried to wash off, but after twenty minutes of trying to soak the area with wet towels, we gave up and carefully used sissors to cut it off.
The bad part is that she has a lot of it on her belly in the girth area. I have managed to wiggle the sissors between the 'clay' and her skin to be able to cut off some of it. It was not exactly a safe procedure on such an untamed horse. I tried getting her used to clippers, but we are a long way from being able to do that.
There is still an area about four inches by eight inches, in several large 'chunks', that is on her belly at the girth area. It is has been there for so long that she is now sore under the 'clay'. She will no longer allow me to try to shave her with sissors in that area.
I have to get it off her NOW. We have come up with two possibilities.
1) Nair. A hair removal gel/foam, if I can get it under the clunks, might let me get it off. But I am worried about chemical burns.
2) The stable owner's hubby does have horse tranqualizer... we could knock her to loopy and then clip her - but this sounds like a REALLY REALLY bad idea.
Any other thoughts? Remember, this filly, though friendly, and really wants to be a good horse, she is not really trained or fully tame...