Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Illinois www.saddleonline.com
I had a gelding like this, he was always much gunkier than any of the other geldings I had previously owned. It wasn't as much of an issue in the summer when I could just rinse him out after each ride (water only!) but he was requiring a deep cleaning every other month or so with touch ups in-between.
I did have the vet take a look at things, they couldn't find any reason other than the fact that he was very "affectionate" in the sense that when grooming/ tacking etc he would become excited and just "hung out" quite a bit. The conclusion was he was just a dirty guy who needed extra cleaning :)
I feel your pain! Once you have ruled out any medical issues, baby oil and wipes are a great option for inbetween cleanings. Also, I ended up prefering Ivory liquid soap to Excalibur- not only is it less expensive but it rinses cleaner and does not leave a residue.
"Riding: the art of keeping the horse between you and the ground."