Tack n' Talk

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Tail Rubbing Solved

Taken from Top Turnout Tips by Ruthann Smith

Tail rubbing is an epidemic, while most treatments actually perpetuate the torture.  Treatment and prevention requires awareness, but not much time.  First check the basics:

  • Worm well.
  • If the animal is itchy all over, it may have digestive issues.  So, consultant with a veterinarian.  Nonetheless, solutions outlined below can offer relief.
  • Clean under tails daily with a damp cloth and soft brush.  Exfoliate and bring out natural protective oils.
  • Clean between hind legs.  Some mares need their teats wiped and brushed every day.  Clean gelding’s sheaths monthly, or at least every 6 months.  If you are inexperienced, ask or pay a professional.
  • Choose your products carefully.  Dry skin gets irritated.  Itching it hurts and perpetuates a vicious cycle.

We need to transcend irritation by solving the problem from every direction to break and stay out of the itching cycle.  The proven solution is to eradicate the irritant and inflammation while cooling, moisturizing and nourishing the skin and roots for rapid healing and re-growth.  Use a non-greasy topical solution for quick absorption.  Your shampoo should be saturated with Aloe Vera and combine generous amounts of Vitamin E with medical-grade Tea Tree Oil, nature’s finest antiseptic.

Fast Facts:

Common products can cause and exasperate irritation by stripping natural protective oils, drying out skin and clogging pores.  So, avoid these ingredients:

  • Sodium chloride – salt used for lather in most shampoos
  • Petroleum products – silicone and mineral oil are in most detanglers and fly sprays
  • Poisons – look for natural fly sprays or use predator flies.
  • Harsh antibacterial – use only medical-grade tea tree oil.  It is the best natural antiseptic, but there are 20 grades of it.  You need the highly effective bug gentle quality.
  • Detanglers can clog pores and irritate skin.  For the most gorgeous tails, shampoo with Lucky Braids.  The healing aloe also reduces tangles and volumizes.
  • Comb tail when wet.  Always hold and start at the bottom to protect roots.  Wet hair stretches, so it is more forgiving.
  • To comb wet tails, first twist the length to protect it.  Then, grip the bottom.  Comb from the bottom up to your grip.  Then move your hold up 6-8 inches.  Always start combing from the bottom.  If you hit a snag, work it from below.
  • Maintain daily: pick, comb or brush.
  • If hair is sticking together because the tail is dirty and bathing is out, use an enzymatic spray made for horses.  Properly pH balanced, it can break the bond between hair and dirt without coating or stripping hair.  Wipe off impurities with a towel and comb wet.

As a braider, the lack of any effective tail rubbing solution was painfully apparent, so I worked with a naturopathic veterinarian to develop Lucky Braids products.  Countless people have said they are the only products to solve the toughest cases.  Many animals experience complete relief with just Lucky Braids Shampoo.  Otherwise, I suggest bathing with Lucky Braids Shampoo and applying our Salve to key areas until the itching subsides.  If rubbing is a habit, it may take a few days for the animal to forget to rub.  Then, continue using Lucky Braids Shampoo to maintain healthy, resilient skin and hair.  With proper care, all horses can be comfortable in their skin.

To order Lucky Braid Products, please visit:  http://www.luckybraids.com/products.htm



  Monex wrote @

Lucky Braids Shampoo is uniquely saturated with aloe vera generous amounts of Vitamin E and medical-grade antiseptic Tea Tree Oil to soothe nourish and moisturize skin and hair. It gently eliminates fungus dirt and dander while treating rainrot and scratches without stripping oils.

  tackandtalk wrote @

Lucky Braids Shampoo is one of the best shampoo’s that I have used…and believe me with a white horse I have tried many. Not only that Ruthann Smith, owner of Lucky Braids, is a wonderful, caring person. If you haven’t taken a clinic with her, I strongly suggest you do so as she has a wealth of information to pass on. Larissa 🙂

  HBYS wrote @

thank you really

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