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post #1 of 20 Old 12-21-2009, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Weird mare question...

So a friend of mine is convinced that you have to pick (insert lots of gagging here) the crusty stuff that can accumulate on a mare's udders off on a regular basis. Every time we meet up for a trail ride she comes over and picks at my mare and at any other mares present. She is lucky that my mare loves having her belly rubbed and will actually lift her leg up like a dog to get a belly rub, but other mares have kicked at my friend when she starts doing that. But has anybody ever heard of this? The only time I can think you would do it is before they have a foal...

I dunno, it just grosses me out, and my friend gets mad at me that I don't clean my mare's udders!

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post #2 of 20 Old 12-21-2009, 10:31 AM
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I didnt know you had to, hmmmm. My mares dont. Kay, sorry, gross question: What do you mean by "crusty stuff", like, what is it?

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post #3 of 20 Old 12-21-2009, 10:38 AM
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Ah, the blessings of having a mare My girl loves having her's cleaned. But some other girls might not like being touched. It is kinda a need-to-do thing, though..
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post #4 of 20 Old 12-21-2009, 10:44 AM
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you do. Unless you want your mare to be extremely uncomfortable when that stuff builds up. One of my mares is very bad about it and only gets hers cleaned about once a year. The other two get buildup very quickly and get it done about once a month.

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post #5 of 20 Old 12-21-2009, 10:53 AM
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We have all mares and have never done that, and never had any problems.

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post #6 of 20 Old 12-21-2009, 11:01 AM
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ive heard of that too. ive only owned geldings so i never had to deal with that. i think its probubly like, with geldings "sheath cleaning". necessary, but gross lol
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-21-2009, 11:15 AM
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I do it and last night noticed she needs it done again badly. It's cold and raining out though so a hose is not an option, would baby wipes work or can someone suggest a product that I can use without a hose (our pipes are off in case of freezing).

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post #8 of 20 Old 12-21-2009, 11:18 AM
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i clean my mares a few times a year! it is something that should be done if it does get the build up!!!
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-21-2009, 11:25 AM
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It should be done but I wouldn't "pick at it" that would be uncomfy and kinda like someone scraping a scab off.

If it hasn't been done in a while you can dampen a cloth with some baby oil and rub the area. Give it about thirty minutes and wipe off with either baby wipes or a warm washcloth. The baby oil helps soften up the flakes and build up.

I prefer to use warm water to help clean the area because well one it helps to clean but in this season - would you want someone at your privates with cold water? LOL!!!

I usually do it every couple of months.
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-21-2009, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hm, I guess you learn something new every day. In all of my time with horses I had never heard of doing that until I met this friend. I knew you had to clean gelding's but not mares. Of course until a couple of months ago I had only ever owned geldings.

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