How do you clean around the eyes?

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How do you clean around the eyes?

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        11-18-2009, 07:22 PM
    How do you clean around the eyes?

    I started helping out at a rescue and one of the new ponies has some bad crusty eye discharge in the corner of his eyes. I tried just cleaning it with a sponge but it is really on there. Any ideas of removing this would be greatly appreciated.
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        11-18-2009, 07:34 PM
    I would get a towel wet with warm water. A towel will be more abrasive than a sponge. And if you get it really wet, it'll come off easier. Think of a scab. =P
        11-18-2009, 10:47 PM
    I soak stuff like that with a wet rag until it's softer, and then it usually wipes off with a wet towel.
        11-19-2009, 06:52 AM

    I think it should be clean with warm water.
        11-19-2009, 07:54 AM
    Just sponge it with warm/hot water & it will eventually come off or there are horse eye wipes especially for situations like these. They're made by Carr, Day & Martin and are stocked in most UK saddlers
        11-19-2009, 09:42 AM
    I will try the warm water and towel today and see what happens. This stuff has been there for a long time and he doesn't want you to touch it. Thanks
        11-19-2009, 09:44 AM
    If you can try to just hold it over his eye for a few minutes, that will really help loosen it up
        11-19-2009, 01:52 PM
    Have you tried a softening agent, such as mineral or baby oil?

    If it's crusted on, trying to scrape it off will be very painful for the animal.

    Mineral/baby oil will loosen it enough that a warm, wet cloth should get most of it off.
        11-19-2009, 05:07 PM
    Thanks everyone I got it off with a towel and warm water. He didn't like it at first but then he got use to it and let me get it all off. It took a lot of time but he looks and I am sure feels much better.
        11-21-2009, 03:08 PM
    I always wipe my horse's eyes, nostrils, and ears with a wet rag every day. Ziggy is so use to it now, he just puts his head down.

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