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post #1 of 5 Old 10-11-2009, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Help with mud

Hi everyone! I have a horse that we just rescued from a terrible situation. She was living in a dirt/mud pasture with no food or water. She is terrible underweight (over 200lbs less then my Prince), but is gaining well. She is a wonderful horse with awesome manners.

The problem is she is caked with mud. We have been trying to get the mud off her for 2 weeks, with little success. The mud is in little balls matted deeply in her skin, you cannot really see the color of her coat. Her legs are white, and there are white balls on her legs.
We do not want to scrub her too hard, as I said before she is over 200lbs less than my horse, and taller). The poor baby's ribs are showing and it is almost like you can grab hold of her spine.
Does anyone know of anything we can put on her that will losen the mud? Please help!!!!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-11-2009, 04:01 PM
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Can you give her a bath? If you can get the dirt wet and turn it into soft mud it scrapes off much easier. Use a sweat scraper or curry to scrape it. If nothing else use a bucket of water and a wet sponge to soften it up. It will come off much easier when its mud rather than clay globs
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-11-2009, 04:09 PM
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Well if she has the TEXAS type black mud, then I understand how difficult it will be to get off of her even if you wet it. Also if she is underweight and it is chilly in your area or even a tad bit windy you might not want to get her too wet unless you have a barn, blankets, or heater for her to warm up. I would suggest some crisco grease, baby oil, or even child detangler with some water of coarse. Just take a nice sturdy comb and take your time. If you use the grease, don't use too too much as it can smother the skin, just only dab it on the small mud clots and then comb out then use warm water to help take some of the grease out. I am sure it will take lots and lots of work but just be patient with it and don't let it frustrate you. Good luck and thank you for rescuing her. :)

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-17-2009, 11:59 PM
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when my horse gets mud all over his legs I blast it off with warm/hot water and a trigger hose, with a little rubbing from my hands. Just make sure you keep checking the temperature of the water though and maybe don't have too much water pressure as she's under condition
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-18-2009, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advise. We have been bathing her, and that just doesn't seem to work. We are in FL, and of course, we had an early cool front this year. I don't think we will be able to bathe her until after this odd weather. I guess it is just going to take lots of time brushing and brushing.
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