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post #1 of 5 Old 01-21-2013, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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White socks and dirt...

My mare has the tiniest little white sock on her back left fetlock and usually just hosing the dirt from it keeps it nice and white.
Recently she cut her foot (Not serious, thank God!) right in the middle of her white sock, and as I've been applying anti-septic three times a day dirt has really been clinging to it.
Today the cut was looking really good and I decided it would be fine to bath her. I use baby shampoo when I wash her because it's gentle and never irritates her skin and leaves her very soft and clean, but today I simply couldn't remove the caked on dirt that was surrounding the cut, (the cut itself is very clean as I hose it before I apply the anti-septic).
So my question is; What can I use to remove this caked on mud and dirt? I don't do shows so it isn't really necessary to have her looking sparkling clean and to have her white bits looking blindingly white, but I always feel better when she's clean and well groomed.
Also, can you tell me if it will require her cut to be fully healed before I use it?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-21-2013, 12:32 AM
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You could take a soft brush and wet it down, and try grooming her where the mud is, getting it wet and then washing it off.
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I have found that if you wash as much as you can off, then wipe it down with cowboy magic, then but baby powder on it - it cleans it really good and the baby powder really brings it out.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-23-2013, 10:11 AM
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I've got the same problem with one of my mares- the white is NEVER white! What I've found works is if- after you've cleaned off all of the caked mud- you use rubbing alcohol to clean off the stains. Just be careful around cuts, and only use it in little spots- not across an entire flank or anything. It kind of works to get manure stains off, too.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-23-2013, 10:16 AM
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It's probably not dirt. Drainage from the wound and scabby material. Soften with warm water and use a soft rubber curry. A grease cutting shampoo or dreft would help.
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