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post #1 of 22 Old 11-10-2009, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning her udder?

How would I go about cleaning Miss Lacey's udder? I happened to look at it today and oh my goodness. She has this HUMONGOUS chunk of udder-yuck all stuck on up there along with a ton of evenly caked yuck. It's pretty nasty.

I tried to peel off the huge chunk but she was getting kinda kicky about that (swishing her tail and cocking her leg closest to me, nothing serious but definitely not friendly) so I wasn't able to get it off. Guess what our new game is? Why yes, touch the udder as much as possible!

Anyway, I don't have access to warm water at the barn, I guess I could heat up some water at home and stick it in a thermos or something...and then splash it on, or something...

How do I clean it thoroughly though?

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post #2 of 22 Old 11-10-2009, 07:37 PM
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I just use a dry cloth to get the majority off. Someone said baby wipes work good but I've never tried them. I have to go between Vida's back legs to clean her's. For some reason she gets kicky if I go in from the side. You might try it.


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post #3 of 22 Old 11-10-2009, 07:43 PM
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Just get your hand up in her girly parts and pick away! I almost always just use my hands and rub, my girls both LOVE it. I also do it just about every day, Ricci's don't get so bad, but Gracie gets gunk everywhere and instantaneously.

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I use sponge with lots of warm water. Jemma seems to enjoy that, Kiara so-so (just tolerate). Be careful to do it very slow in the beginning to avoid being kicked!
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post #5 of 22 Old 11-10-2009, 08:21 PM
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I'm with Ricci. Flame loves it. She stretches out her neck, spreads out her legs, and almost falls over when I do it. The first time she acted a little suprised though. LOL, I can only imagine what she was thinking.
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post #6 of 22 Old 11-10-2009, 09:34 PM
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My horses don't mind, once I get my hand there and start rubbing the gunk off, they seem to like it.

Warm soap and water works well too, but sometimes I'm lazy and just rub it off with my hand when I'm grooming them.
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My horses don't mind, once I get my hand there and start rubbing the gunk off, they seem to like it.

Warm soap and water works well too, but sometimes I'm lazy and just rub it off with my hand when I'm grooming them.
Same here.. she loves it

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post #8 of 22 Old 11-10-2009, 10:12 PM
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My girls LOVE it, they stick their lips in the air roll their eyes back. Haha. After she figures out that you're doing her a favor she'll love it.

I just rub all the gunk off with my fingers, that usually does the trick. And after you keep up with it, it comes off much easier.

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Yup, my girls love it too. Although Jade still has to learn to completely relax. I usually make it a point to touch my horses all over when grooming. Not necessarily every time, but often. Jade's udder doesn't get much build up, but Lisa would if she didn't like being rubbed so much.

If it is dry, and you don't have access to warm water, I would try applying some baby oil or mineral oil before grooming. Groom and do feet, then maybe try rubbing it off with a soft cloth or your hands.
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post #10 of 22 Old 11-10-2009, 10:54 PM
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If you're skeeved about the yuck factor, you can use rubber gloves. A rag wet with warm water is Aero's favorite cleaning method - she really gets into it.
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