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    04-19-2010, 03:20 AM
"Utter Gunk"?

I adopted a BLM mustang recently, from a neighbor who purchased her from an auction. She is about 4 yrs old. I have bathed twice before, first two bathes of her life.

I was bathing her today and noticed thick gunk, like a moist black/brown tar-like substance, not sure how else to explain it, between her utters. It does come off but did not want to start scrubbing and pulling it off before I asked for some advice. Is this ok to remove, is it a normal build up after 4 yrs w/o bathing?

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    04-19-2010, 03:38 AM
Thats totally normal, and yes remove it. Its just dirt and other crap built up between them and she will be much more comfortable if you remove it : )
    04-19-2010, 03:43 AM
I don't know about your mare's business. But my new gelding came to me with a sheath so dirty people thought he had a load of grain stuck to his penis. And of course it had to be cleaned since his favourite thing is letting ol' mellow yellow hang loose (don't worry I'd have cleaned it anyhoo). Lol. Good luck with your spring cleaning. It does sound like just build-up but I'm not 100% sure, and other people's advice on this subject would be much more sound.
    04-19-2010, 07:08 AM
Yes, it's normal, and yes you should bathe her and remove it. Proceed cautiously, as some mares like the procedure about as much as geldings like having their sheaths cleaned.

Have someone hold her for you, or do a little at a time.
    04-19-2010, 02:32 PM
Thanks for the responses, appreciate it! Will be time for another bath very soon.
    04-19-2010, 02:42 PM
If you want to make it easier on yourself make it a part of your normal grooming routine. I wipe out my old mare's udder at least once a week that way it never gets really nasty.
    04-19-2010, 03:24 PM
The Excalibur wash for geldings and studs "Semi Annual Weenie Wash Day" works great for udder smegma too.

Once you get the smegma off, you can just use a baby wipe weekly to polish up her tatas. =)
    04-19-2010, 04:15 PM
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You may get lucky and have a girl who likes it. Both our girls really enjoy having their udders cleaned, dirty girls (lol)
    04-19-2010, 09:12 PM
My mare also like having her udders cleaned.

Congrats on the new mustang. They are great steeds. =)
    04-20-2010, 01:47 AM
This is quite an entertaining thread...lol

My palomino mare does not mind having her udder cleaned, but my little red head is a different story! She will need some work.

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