Keratex Hoof Hardener

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Keratex Hoof Hardener is a gentle acting chemical formulation which 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. Keratex Hoof Hardener works by actually improving the structure of the horn itself. Since Hoof Hardener is neither a varnish or resin layer, it leaves no visible coating. Therefore the treated hoof is able to breathe and function naturally.

Water and ammonia damage the structure of the keratin molecule and how they interact with each other. This is, and always will be, a major problem for horse owners. The scientists at Keratex spent many years researching ways to rebuild the damaged molecular structure of hoof horn. The result of this research was Keratex Hoof Hardener. Because of its unique nature, Keratex was granted a Patent. Keratex Hoof Hardener is the only truly effective hoof hardener. No other manufacturers are allowed to use the technology developed by Keratex.

The horn which forms the visible part of the hoof capsule is dead. It has no blood supply and therefore cannot be regenerated or improved by feed supplements or ordinary inactive conditioners. High quality feed supplements will improve the quality of new horn being produced at the coronary band and will improve the rate of growth. Unfortunately, no supplement will influence the quality of existing horn. If it is cracked, it must grow out. It cannot mend itself. However, with the active formulation of Keratex 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 the hardening and strengthening effect of Keratex Hoof Hardener, it is superb for use on shod and unshod horses.

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 Keratex Hoof Hardener. Do not use any oils or greases while using Keratex Hoof Hardener.

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  • 5
    A must have for bad feet

    Posted by Jennifer R on 26th Jun 2013

    I swear by this stuff!! I used it on my horse when he was barefoot in the winter. I am also currently using it now as my horse has been having his feet peel and is having difficulty keeping shoes on. It is highly recommended by my farrier.

  • 5
    Farrier Recommended Owner Approved!

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Jun 2013

    This product was recommended by my farrier for my horses cracked feet. I began using it and shortly thereafter I noticed it working. It does what it claims.

  • 5
    Farrier Recommended and It's Done Wonders!

    Posted by Jessie on 25th Jun 2013

    My mare had very sensitive soles and this made a huge difference. It's well worth the price and has really improved her comfort and therefore her movement and overall health. Our farrier was impressed with the improvement.

  • 5
    The best!

    Posted by Hannah on 25th Jun 2013

    I use this on my horse with not-so-great feet and it really helps them be stronger.

  • 5
    So far so good!

    Posted by Melissa Malenky on 29th Oct 2012

    I just started using this product as a last ditch effort. My horse pops shoes off left and right due to very thin hoof walls and poor quality hoof growth. I started using this about 5 weeks ago, and so far in this shoeing cycle, I have not had to call my farrier to come out for an unscheduled visit, which is really something. The shoes are still nice and tight and the hooves look really good. Very curious to get feedback from my farrier during his next visit...

  • 5
    Works on soft hooves

    Posted by Linda on 29th Oct 2012

    I used this on my horse's flat, soft soles (not the frog). It hardened them up, and now he goes barefoot. I wouldn't be without it.

  • 4

    Posted by Phyllis Stevens on 24th Oct 2012

    This hardener was recommended by my farrier for my thoroughbred's tender feet. Helped to get his feet back in shape.

  • 5
    Dramatic difference!

    Posted by Melissa S. on 24th Oct 2012

    This product keeps my mares hooves remarkably healthy with less chipping, fewer lost shoes and overall better hooves. If used as directed this bottle will last for about 3 months....$10/month to keep your horses hooves sound is a great investment!