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post #11 of 28 Old 06-06-2010, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by SallyRC123 View Post
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,
Sometimes it's helpful to have a second person. They can assist by holding up a front hoof. It's hard for them to kick when they're standing on three legs. Hubby usually does this with our younger gelding, he's pretty sensitive about his private parts. Hubby grabs the front foot and go to town cleaning.
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post #12 of 28 Old 06-06-2010, 04:52 PM
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I do once/week April - Nov. I don't during winter though - too cold IMO. Also (we had discussions on that number of time) I do it with just my hand and towel and never noticed any bad smelt (although number of people state the hands are really disgusting after the procedure). Both my girls don't like it, but tolerate. I actually go even further now and also clean their hm-hm butts (under the tail) when I'm done with the tits.
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post #13 of 28 Old 06-06-2010, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by G and K's Mom View Post
Sometimes it's helpful to have a second person. They can assist by holding up a front hoof.
What a fantastic suggestion GK! I never thought of that.. atleast it would give me time to get away if she were getting agitated. Hm.. will have to try this.
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post #14 of 28 Old 06-07-2010, 10:40 AM
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Freyja was touchy in the very beginning about having her udder handled, but I would take a bucket of warm water and a smidge of dawn, and use a soaked dishtowel, and started out just kind of giving her a "massage" with the hot towel rather than really trying to get chunks off, worked my way up doing it weekly and she got to where she would just sigh and close her eyes. Since she bagged up really early it was probably very uncomfortable for her, and the hot towels felt good. Since she foaled she could care less, but I'll need to keep it up after she weans when she will likely be sensitive again.

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post #15 of 28 Old 06-07-2010, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by MaggiStar View Post
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??
From my experience it could be a bit unhealthy. My cousin's mare ended up with mastitis and the vet said it was due to udder neglect and that she needed to check them at least once a week to make sure they were clean.

Mastitis is a really bad infection in the udder that can make the horse extremely sick.
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post #16 of 28 Old 06-07-2010, 12:03 PM
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Both my girls LOVE having their teats rubbed. So every time I groom them, I rub the gunk out. No water or soap or anything. They think they've died and gone to heaven. =]

Gracie didn't care for it much at first. She didn't like her belly touched at all. So after she was thoroughly worn out from the cross-tie battle, I rubbed her belly until she quit making an ugly face, then her belly button, then around her teats. Then I started picking out the nastiness, she decided she REALLY liked it, so now when I rub her belly button, she's already got her lip going, lol.

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post #17 of 28 Old 06-07-2010, 12:12 PM
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alright quick tip for the kickers. recently i had to clean the sheath of a gelding who did not preticularily like it. needless to say i got a tiny kick. but still i needed to do it. so get a friend to hold his/her front hoof (just like theyre about to hoof pick it) while you clean, so they have no choice but to keep 3 feet on the ground :) hehe tricky.

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post #18 of 28 Old 06-07-2010, 12:23 PM
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Strangely enough yesterday I spend about an hour wandering around the pasture and working on the girls,lol. Most of them really like it and stick their nose out, cock their head, and wiggle their lips,lol. The ones that don't though, I find the good ol "advance and retreat" method to work very well.
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post #19 of 28 Old 06-08-2010, 03:37 AM
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Hm.. So I asked an instructor at my Barn about cleaning udders.. and how I would get a good kick in the face from Candy, and she said

HAHAHAAHAHAHA I can see you explaining yourself to the paramedics. Leave the poor thing alone, its mother natures problem, not yours!

Does anyone agree? I never even thought about cleaning my mares udders untill this forum post..
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post #20 of 28 Old 06-08-2010, 04:04 AM
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In the summer I clean Caleighs regularly about once a week. If she gets really sweaty from a work out she gets a booby rub down during her hose off too. She loves it, wiggles her lips, her tummy gurgles, and she starts to fall asleep. In the winter I use sensitive skin baby wipes with no scents or coloring.

Sampson though we're going to have to sedate for sheath cleaning. His previous owner warned Kevin and me about that the day we met with her. She said a large dose of ace and rampin if that's available or whatever the vet wants to give and she said he's still a kicker until he's basically passed out on the ground. That'll be interesting come vet day.

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