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post #1 of 28 Old 06-06-2010, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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Just a little reminder: remember to clean your mares' udders!

I had never done that before until today. I had always just figured that since I had kinda felt around down there and didn't feel anything funny, therefore it didn't need to be cleaned. I always spray water up there and I figured that probably took care of whatever issue there might be, right?


Today, I was giving Lacey a bath and I had noticed that she has been really rubbing her tail. So I decided to do a little exploratory feeling with soap. Well, I found some of the biggest chunks of yuck up there. It was basically like she had a freakin' ping-pong ball between her teats.

I also discovered that she has quite the colony of melanomas down there too. That's actually what the smegma (that's what it's called, right?) was collecting on. She has a marble sized one right in between her teats and quite a few smaller ones all around.

But yeah, now I know more about my mare than I did, and hopefully someone else can learn from that too. :)

So, remember to clean the teats of your girls! They may be less obvious but they get dirty too!

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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LOL. I was giving Ice a bath today and decided to try and mess with him down there, he was better than I thought he'd be, but he still cocked his leg to try and knock my hand away. I put him back in his stall later and noticed he had low flow, so I guess he's gonna HAVE to let me do it next weekend.

I think the only reason he didn't try to kill me was because I had just bathed him in liniment, and then rubbed his poll, so he was feeling pretty good.
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Thanks for the reminder! Actually, I needed it. My girl's utters swelled out of nowhere last august (and swelled back down) and I haven't even thought to clean them. So, were you able to get these "ping pongs" out? :'>
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I was able to get those "ping-pongs" out, thankfully! She was really good about it, I was really having to pull on them and feeling her up and she didn't even consider offering to kick. She kept both back feet firmly on the ground. You could kinda tell that she wasn't sure exactly what I was doing, but she was trusting me.
It was gross though! Good thing the shampoo smells really good, I'm not sure I would have wanted to smell what those chunkies smelled like. Haha

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I use sheath cleaner on the mares at the barn...some of that gunk can be up there for a while and i think of it as concentrated sweat and pee leakage! The sheath cleaner atleast cuts down on the smell...great reminder tho!
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If you don't have sheath cleaner, in a pinch you can put a tablespoon of dawn dish soap, a tablespoon of tea tree oil and a quart of water together, shaken, and use that. It really works good! Just rinse with lots of clear water afterwards because sometimes tea tree oil can be irritating if left in contact with the skin.

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Oh my goodness - how would I go about cleaning my mare? I can see it now - i'll be getting a big kick in the face, she's extremely sensative and will swish her tail and flatten her ears even if I brush towards the back of her tummy.. even on the part near the hind quarters where the hair goes in different directions. Shall I just invest in a grid iron helmet and shoulder pads and go for it? How exactly do you clean them? Do you just 'pull' them, like your milking a cow? Am I completely ******ed? Lol!
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I check my mares udders at least every couple of days. I use baby wipes. The first time I cleaned them they were so full of muck and smelled so horrible. I am sure they hadn't been cleaned in many years. Yesterday I had to clean Bella's backside too because of the loose poo. She didn't mind at all which I am very grateful because I wouldn't have hated to take a kick for that. lol
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Sally, I wasn't sure about my mares when I first took over ownership, so I did normal grooming first. Then I tried fly spray on them and they didn't mind it. I had them stand at the cross ties with my daughter talking to them at their heads keeping them calm. They way she could tell me if they started to get panicky. I used a baby wipe, let them smell it, then I took it over their bodies. After that I went back let them smell it again, I barely touched their bellies,and very slowly went back toward the udders. Since it's cool, they started a bit but I went slow to let them get used to it. The gunk builds up inbetween the udders. You will be surprised what's up in there. I took baby wipes and would wipe it out much like cleaning a baby's bottom that is full of poo. I am fornunate that my girls are very sweet and would let me do about anything to them.
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Is there any health issues if you dont clean them regularly? SOme of my ponies i just wouldnt even risk my life so they are never done is that bad?? Like i know not cleaning the sheath is unheakthy but are the udders??

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