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post #1 of 21 Old 08-07-2009, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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What do YOU smell?

Hi everyone,

Well today we ventured off to my farm and it was a great day! so cool barely broke a sweat!

Anyways, we decided to clean out sheath's and Miss.'Vannah's udder. Well i got down and started to pull out gunk for Prince, which was icky.. but the SMELL was awful! Not only was the gunky ewwie-ness getting pulled out, but it had that smell!

Well, i cleaned his out some more, and went over to my mom, who was cleaning out Zeph's.. as she did, i was saying;

"Eww! I hate the smell.... its like rotten peaches!"

Her reply "I smell it too! Too too toooooo gross."

Well, we put the boys away, and i pulled Savannah, hearing about udder cleaning, i knew deep down hers needed to be washed out. So, unlike putting gloves on to clean they geldings, i just went in with my spray bottle and bare hands. And OMFG, it was just as bad. Black crust was coming off, and IT smelled like rotten peaches!!! It was sick!! But she seemed to enjoy having her horsie-boobies cleaned out, LMAO!

So anyways, what do YOU all smell when you do "horsie maitinece"?
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post #2 of 21 Old 08-08-2009, 12:28 AM
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I've cleaned a few sheaths, and I find that the smell of the Excalibur bothered me more than the smell of the boy, or maybe it just covered it up, because I was using A LOT.

My girls don't smell at all. One reason being my mare has had two babies, so her teats kinda point out, and reason two, I clean them pretty much every day. Every time they are groomed, I stick my hand down there and rub out any gunk they've accumulated. I want them clean, and they really like it. =]

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post #3 of 21 Old 08-08-2009, 10:24 AM
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lol... Oh this one had me on the floor because of the memory I recalled...

I clean sheaths in the spring and fall, in between times I just keep an eye on them.. (I have dirty boys who like to show off their manhoods while being groomed, lol)

I had an appaloosa gelding, it was the end of January (14 years ago), about 2 degrees outside and one day my barn manager called me because a boarder had complained that he had turned a stallion out with her gelding... He was trying not to laugh b/c this new horse owner was outraged! My old appy wouldn't hurt a fly and hadn't had his boys for years so we were in stitches.

Poor Cookie had a "bean" stuck up in there and it puffed up over night. I had never seen anything like it. So out came the warm water and mild soap. Poor guy, we were still crying over the stallion remark and of course Cookie didn't think his situation was that funny. Did I mention I was due to have a baby any minute? I was trying hard not to haul a horse to the vet. The vet wanted him in b/c of the cold so we agreed I'd try first and see if I could find anything. I sat on a bale of hay pretty much under Cookie and we looked like a dirty movie. I ended up taking him to the vet and they found the bean (way up there) and got it out. It was like the size of a lima bean. The swelling was gone in 24 hours.

Oh and the smell... I will never forget it and hope I never smell it again! I miss that old boy every day...

I have always had geldings for years and never had that happen nor has it happened since... I hope it doesn't happen to you... Wow that was smelly!!!

PS my mare HATES having her horse "boobies" cleaned!!!! I have tried all kinds of different things so we just agree that 2 times a year she gets a good cleaning and when I groom I get to just check. Aren't they all just silly with all the different personalities? lol!
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-08-2009, 11:28 AM
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Never cleaned any udders so I wouldn't know about that.. But the sheath's smell never really bothered me either. More the sight of all the GUNK coming out! Where does it all GO, lol? Hay, dirt, mudd, shavings, rocks, etc. *yuck!*

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post #5 of 21 Old 08-08-2009, 12:15 PM
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After a different thread pointed out that some don't smell bad, I did some "nosing" around
My fillys (small udders) don't really smell bad. My mare (large udders)who gets cleaned regular, has an odor but its not too horrifying. My husbands mare (very large udders) who doesn't get cleaned out often and is usually the consistency of road tar smells totally disgusting
Bottom line is it comes down to udder size and length of fermentation

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post #6 of 21 Old 08-08-2009, 12:20 PM
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I've really never noticed a smell when I clean Aero's udders. I tend to give them a good wipe down with a damp cloth about once a week, she LOVES having them cleaned (perv).
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Ugh. Diesel is SO dirty. I will clean him and in a week he's got visable gunk everywhere. Doesn't smell pretty at all. My mare had freakishly clean, non smelling udders though.
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post #8 of 21 Old 08-08-2009, 12:28 PM
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I clean all of my mare's udders pretty regularly. But I didn't even think about doing it until last year! So my poor mare had been with me for a couple of years before I even thought about it! None of my girl's udders stink at all. Ginisee is the hardest to clean because she tries to kick. That is the ONLY time I ever put hobbles on. Either that or I have someone hold a back hoof up so she won't be so tempted.

I hate cleaning sheaths... gotta love the mares!

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post #9 of 21 Old 08-08-2009, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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lol i think im going to start wiping Savannahs weekly at least, maybe she'll be in better moods lol.
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-08-2009, 01:49 PM
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I'm with drew on this one - I HATE dealing with geldings & studs for sheath cleaning. Mares are much easier.

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