CLEAN IS NOT ENOUGH- Antibacterial soaps DO NOT kill fungus. Instead, they PROMOTE SKIN DISEASE by drying out crud, but also stripping natural defenses. Dish soap and medicated shampoos typically ultimately feed the negative cycle of skin disease.
To truly treat and prevent crud, two acts are pivotal:
1. Gently eliminate fungus and impurities
2. Enhance natural defenses
Tea tree oil is nature's best anti-fungal AND anti-bacterial. **HOWEVER,** it can be very harsh. Use a dog or horse shampoo that ***specifies*** PHARMACEUTICAL or MEDICAL GRADE. It is a more expensive ingredient. So, if the packaging does not stipulate the grade, you can assume it is not the finest quality.
Help the skin by both protecting and fortifying it. Your best defense is to always towel dry legs. Only BONE DRY legs should go out or in after a bath. Otherwise, damp skin is super susceptible to fungus. Toweling increases circulation and natural protective oils. Vigorous toweling is a good habit.
If you want a shampoo that ALSO leaves coats MORE RESILIENT, Lucky Braids All-In-One Shampoo is all you need. If you dry legs well, horses should not get scratches. Rain rot goes away. Itching typically ceases. Skin gets supple and heals well. Coats, even greys', glisten. Tails grow great and are volumized (comb wet). It is super concentrated and rinses in a snap. Different game.
Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.
Ruthann Smith has spent a lifetime studying sound horsemanship- both as a groom for top international horses and as a renowned braider. Quietly twisting manes atop a ladder, she watched and learned in some of the best stables in the world.
As her passion for great grooming grew, Ruthann became focused on researching, collecting and sharing the best practices of the world’s keenest horsemen. Ultimately, Ruthann used her vast experience to develop exceptional equine grooming products to help raise the bar of horsemanship.
The knowledge she dispenses and the products Ruthann developed solve age-old grooming issues. Making quality horse care easier, they have received the highest honors in the equine industry*. Her Lucky Braids for Top Turnout coat care and braiding products are the best, most versatile, cost-effective and easiest solutions available on the market today.
Now Ruthann offers her LOVE, LOVE Guarantee. If not totally thrilled with a product she developed, Ruthann will refund you in full, regardless of where you purchased it.
It’s her life’s mission to empower horses by educating, motivating and equipping their people to be true horsemen. You can access Ruthann’s tips at: The Grooming Resource on LuckyBraids.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and her Horsemanship Clinics.
*After testing 350 products, Lucky Braids All-In-One Horse Shampoo was named product of the year by Horse Journal, the “Consumer Reports” of the industry. They also named Lucky Braids Shampoo and Top Pick for greys and whites. Lucky Braids specialized braiding yarn also got stellar reviews.