Keratex Hoof Hardener

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Keratex Hoof Hardener


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Product Summary:

Keratex Hoof Hardener

Keratex Hoof Hardener strengthens weak, worn, and cracked hooves by improving the molecular structure of the horn itself. Equally effective in wet and dry conditions, it prevents the horn from taking in excess moisture, making it resistant to softening and weakening in wet conditions. This results in a reduction in shoe loss and abscesses. It is not an oil or a resin layer and does not seal the hoof; it will ensure the treated hoof is able to breathe naturally. Moisture balance is properly maintained. It should also be applied to the sole of the hoof to prevent bruising.

Hoof Hardener is a gentle-acting chemical formulation that forms additional intermolecular bonds between molecules of keratin through the process of cross-linking. Keratin is the main protein constituent of horn and is best described as the building block of the horn structure. The cross-linking process results in additional atoms being distributed between the keratin molecules to produce a tougher and stronger horn structure.

Many other products claim to strengthen the hoof, but usually this entails a superficial layer of resin or varnish. Hoof Hardener works by actually improving the structure of the horn itself. Since it is neither a varnish or resin layer, it leaves no visible coating. Therefore, the treated hoof is able to breathe and function naturally. With the active formulation of Hoof Hardener, the quality of existing horn can be improved chemically within just a few days. Obviously, cracks will not disappear, but the horn around them will be strengthened to resist further movement so they can grow out. Once treated, the horn will also be better able to support nails so shoes stay on better. Because of its hardening and strengthening effects, it is superb for use on shod and unshod horses.

User Notes: Sold in 250ml plastic bottles. Includes separate hoof brush for application.

Apply to lower half of hoof and sole, avoiding coronary band and frog.
Use daily for one week then twice weekly for general hoof maintenance.
If the hoof has been treated with any oils or greases over the past three months, degrease the hoof thoroughly with acetone before applying this product. Do not use any oils or greases while using this product.

Helpful hint: Pour from the bottle into the cap and work out of it to avoid getting dirt back in the bottle or spilling it.

Selected by the Horse-Journal as "Editor's Choice" and "2010 Product of the Year"

A little more on the technical side:
Although the unique formula for Keratex Hoof Hardener is protected under patent laws, the following information is provided to help explain why this product is materially different from all other products and why it has earned unparalleled worldwide success with farriers, veterinarians, and horse enthusiasts for more than a decade.

Farriers have used formalin for many years to harden horses' hooves. The action of formaldehyde on keratin is well known to be a simple cross-linking action. Methylene or bis-thioether groups are added by condensation reactions with reactive amino, sulphydryl or other groups on the keratin helix to form additional linkages to reinforce the rather labile disulphide links which occur naturally. It is quite incorrect to say that formalin hardens horn by removing water. Rather, it strengthens it by introducing these extra inter and intra-molecular links.

However, formaldehyde in its simple aldehyde state reacts too quickly. It case-hardens the hoof, thus preventing the entry of formalin to deeper layers, and also creating surface brittleness. It also contains another substance which effectively slows down the reactivity of the -CHO group, thus giving time for the aldehyde to penetrate the outer layers of horn. This is facilitated by the presence of yet another compound in Hoof Hardener which temporarily modifies the hydrogen bonds which join the helix coils internally and externally. Having done this, the compound then evaporates, leaving the hydrogen bonds to re-make once the aldehyde is in place.

Keratex Hoof Hardener also contains an inorganic complexing agent. One end of the molecule of this agent co-ordinates onto a nitrogen atom in the keratin molecule. The other end modifies the keratin helix, thus effectively adding an aggregate to stiffen the horn. This process resembles the consolidating effect of the melanin in hoof horn. The melanin also acts as an aggregate and confers extra strength.

Finally, it contains a plasticiser to stop the horn from becoming brittle, and it also contains a powerful disinfectant to assist in maintaining general hoof health.

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Item Number Model Number UPC
E001506 54078 5036486000017

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great product great price
JAN S on Jul 14, 2018
Only product that really works on my barefoot OTTB's feet.
Kalli N on Jan 6, 2018
great product great price
JAN S on Jul 14, 2018
My horses are in sand and it dry out their hoof. I use this to keep them strong
Tina K on Jun 10, 2018
Only product that really works on my barefoot OTTB's feet.
Kalli N on Jan 6, 2018
for my barefoot horses
suzie s on Sep 16, 2017
I chose keratex as recommended by my farrier. I just pulled shoes from a new horse and need to help with the transition period. My other horses have always been barefoot and I would like to continue with this horse as well.
BARBARA R on Feb 15, 2017
Good reviews. Need a product that works to help harden my thoroughbreds soft hooves after his shoes have come off.
Brittany G on Nov 29, 2016
farrier recommended
STACEY S on Jun 1, 2016
I have a foundered rescue pony that is prone to abscesses. I am hoping this hardener will keep his feet healthy. We are only in the first week, so it's too early to tell. But the reviews for this product are very good, so I am optimistic.
Dena P on Mar 5, 2016
Highly recommended by my farrier.
TANCY G on Aug 30, 2015
this product is awesome. My gelding had white line disease when i purchased him and after using one bottle of Keratex and farrier care his hoofs are in great shape.
Mary Anne G on Aug 29, 2015
Awesome product that my farrier suggested several years ago. It's the only product I use on all my horses feet since and works really well for wet weather to dry if you need to toughen up their feet and correct issues. One product that is well worth the costs, but even better when on sale!
JANYCE P on Aug 11, 2015
I have seen less chips and cracks on both my horses. I use the product every other day. It lasts a long time providing the hoof is clean and you use frugally. Don't "slop" it on as you are wasting the product.
BRENDAN F on Jul 31, 2015
Definitely a good hoof hardener and waterproofer!
susan d on Jun 26, 2015
works great on those feet that dry out quickly, and that have a tendancy to split or crack
DANA B on Oct 28, 2014
I have not tried this yet but I have a mare who keeps losing shoes because it is so wet here right now. I am hoping this will help her hoof to strengthen so she doesn't keep pulling the nails out.
MARY BETH W on Oct 14, 2014
Have a horse with very very thin soles. Vet recommended and it has made a world of difference.
tricia d on Oct 6, 2014
It works!
kathy s on Sep 16, 2014
I've heard great things about this product. I'm giving it a try! My 4 year old, barefoot OTTB doesn't have bad feet, but I want to keep them strong and healthy.
Kristy R on Aug 27, 2014
Veterinarian suggested this product because my horse has thin soles and hoof wall. Farrier noticed a difference after about 6 weeks.
CAROL C on Jun 29, 2014
Seems to be helping my 2 foundered horses.
CYNTHIA A E on Jun 10, 2014
GREAT! I will always use this for crumbly "white line diseased" hooves. Really turns the hoof around.
Dany Mellette G on May 22, 2014
Every time it rains one of our horses gets soft back feet. I want to try an alternative to Kopertox. I need to get them as good as I can before the rainy season hits.
Heather B on May 18, 2014
This stuff is essential for keeping my horses' feet healthy and happy in the super wet and mucky area where I live. I have not found anything else that works as well, so I keep it in stock at all times and use on a regular basis winter, spring, and fall.
Jill C on Apr 23, 2014
Horses were getting white line and their feet were getting soft. Use this a couple times a day to harden their feet and sole. My horses go barefoot without shoes.
CHERYL K on Mar 27, 2014
My horses are in sand and it dry out their hoof. I use this to keep them strong
Tina K on Jun 10, 2018
for my barefoot horses
suzie s on Sep 16, 2017
FRANK G on Aug 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Contact Keratex directly regarding MSDS on their Hoof Hardener.
I called them today and left a message to advise asap, or respond directly thru Horse dot com regarding their MSDS as I could not find anywhere on their website for USA. I personally use their Hoof Hardener and find it works really well for hoof and sole issues.
Hope this helps, but if you do not receive an answer soon I would ask Horse dot com to inquire directly with Keratex as well.
my horses hoof cracked unto top. can we use this medicine?
suresh on Jul 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would try calling Rood and Riddle Veterinary Hospital Podiatry Dept. in Lexington, KY. My horse had surgery that extended at least halfway up the hoof, and they recommended Keratex. Have been using it as a preventive measure post-surgery for two years with excellent results.
how do you apply this keratex?
Ruben r on Jul 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It comes with a small brush, so you paint it on. It helps to have another person hold the horses foot. Also, a way to conserve the product and keep it clean: pour just what you need into the cap (a small amt -- it goes a long way). Then rinse the cap before closing up the bottle.
This was recommended to us after our horse had hoof surgery at Rood and Riddle in Lexington, KY;; a world-renowned podiatry clinic included. We continue using it as a precautionary measure, as we get a lot of rain in TN.
Does this help with a foundered horses hooves?
R S on Aug 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Keratex will harden the sole and may help with Founder, but your Farrier should be consulted and recommend treatment. Shoeing is usually the course of action to reduce further damage to the foot and make the horse more comfortable.