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    07-05-2011, 02:12 PM
How to clean udders

Howdy! I need to give Ginger a good, thorough cleaning, including her udders and, er, mare parts (not sure of the best word to use here-- someone tell me!). I was wondering what sort of cleaner should be used or the best method for it. I've never cleaned there before, and she has some bumps on her udders that I'm pretty sure need to be taken care of (small hard bumps, some of which are a little scabby. I'll ask about that next time the vet comes out), as well as a build up of gunk between the teats. Thanks!
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    07-05-2011, 02:33 PM
First of all the the proper word is "vulva" nothing wrong with saying it lol

When I clean my mares udder I use a bunch of cotton swab, warm water and mild non-detergent soap. When I clean the vulva(outer part only!) I use a sheath cleaning product instead. Any would brand work I think. Depends on your personal preference. To get the gunk out I just use my hands. I wouldn't suggest a hard brush since it can hurt!

    07-05-2011, 03:27 PM
I use Excalibar. Same stuff I use for my geldings.

It is the same oil/dirt/grease build up.
    07-05-2011, 03:43 PM
To clean around my mare's teats I just pick the chunks off with my fingers and then use a damp cloth to wipe the rest off.

Works like a charm.
    07-05-2011, 04:27 PM
Green Broke
I do the exact same thing AB does. You don't have to get anything fancy to clean. Warm water and a damp cloth will do the job just fine.
    07-05-2011, 04:49 PM
Green Broke
^^ Yep, same here...sometimes I use a bucket with a tad of mild soapy water and a cloth and just get in between the teats really mare loves it LOL!!! Easy peasy...Times like this I'm glad I own a mare and not a gelding! ;)
    07-05-2011, 04:51 PM
HITS, my gelding loves it too. He is all for sheath cleaning.

I have one mare that tries to kill me any time I touch her any where near there. The other mare thinks teat cleaning is a great thing.
    07-05-2011, 10:31 PM
Thanks for the tips (and the anatomy lesson ;D )!!!
    07-06-2011, 12:07 AM
I use dove dish liquid...the same thing I use for my gelding. My gelding loves it too... The last time I did it was the first time my husband held him for me during "the process". Poor man didn't realise when he agreed to hold my guy he'd end up making out with a horse. LOL. My gelding likes to rub on whoever is holding him when I clean him up.
    07-06-2011, 08:07 AM
Green Broke
Lol orange my mare grooms whatever is in front of her when I clean her!! :)
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