Conditioning Myths

Conditioning Myths


Here’s the thing. I’ve talked to MANY chemists about conditioners. The conversation ALWAYS hinges on how they get something to stick to the hair. I don’t want something to stick to the hair! Why clog pores and weigh down a horse’s tail??! A tail that falls like dead weight is not healthy nor appealing to me. Plus, you can’t hold it to braid! Ugh.

I admire tails that are super FULL NATURALLY and FLOW. They enhance the hind end. Plus, if hair has a lot of motion, it pulls the natural oils down the shafts to enrich and strengthen hair. Then, the cycle is: BETTER GROWTH. : )

MY idea of “conditioning” is to IMPROVE the ACTUAL CONDITION of the hair AND skin/roots. That has nothing to do with leaving a smooth residue. I prefer to never strip oils, instead aiming to ENHANCE them. That is why the All-In-One Shampoo contributes oils to truly moisturize and nourish hair and skin.

What we have discovered is that tails can actually be healthier AND EASIER to maintain without the extra step of adding conditioner. If you use the right shampoo, and COMB TAILS WHILE WET.  The first time may take patience, but then tails tend NOT to tangle. It gets easy.  Imagine being able to just shake shavings out for a week!

This time of year, many tails are transitioning from “BENIGN NEGLECT” to the SHOW RING. So, for the first bath of spring, you may choose to use a conditioner. Getting through it for the first time, I still I prefer that over detanglers, which just coat the hair with silicone. However, if you take your time with a big comb, you could be successful with just the Lucky Braids All-In-One Shampoo.

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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, 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.