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Keratex Hoof Hardener

Keratex Hoof Hardener

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Keratex Hoof Hardener strengthens weak, worn and cracked hooves by improving the molecular structure of the horn itself. The gentle acting chemical formulation forms additional intermolecular bonds between molecules of keratin through the process of cross-linking, producing a tougher, stronger horn structure. Keratin is the main protein constituent of horn and is best described as the building block of the horn structure.

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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Favorite Features
  • Strengthens, hardens, and protects hooves.
  • Equally effective in wet & dry conditions.
  • 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.
  • Keratex Hoof Hardener is not an oil or resin layer and does not seal the hoof.
  • Keratex Hoof Hardener will ensure the treated hoof is able to breathe naturally so the moisture balance is properly maintained.
  • Should also be applied to the sole of the hoof to prevent bruising.
  • Includes brush for application.
  • Great for use on both shod and unshod horses because of its hardening and strengthening effect.
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What Customers Say:
Keratex Hoof Hardener is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 252.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hoof Hardener! My paint gelding’s feet fell apart this spring, and as a result, he wasn’t able to hold shoes for more than a week. I pulled his shoes, started him on Keratex and Ferrier’s Formula Double Strength a month ago, and after just a month, he has his shoes back on and his feet are looking so much better already! The only thing I’ve yet to notice a difference in is the toughness of his soles. His hoof wall is looking strong and healthy though!
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Keratex [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I've been using this for over a year now and helps my tender footed warmblood, especially with al the wet/dry weather. My trainer and farrier recommend this product too. Just super happy I can order it here with my supplements!
Date published: 2020-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hoping helps! I bought this to try and harden my mates soles. This spring has been very rainy and muddy and has made her soles soft. I’ve been putting this on everyday and letting sit for a few seconds while holding hoof up and than after applying on hooves I let her stand on cross ties for a few minutes before putting in her stall for night with bedding so can soak on as much as possible. So far it’s been a month of applying everyday and I haven’t noticed a difference, hoping starts to work and help!
Date published: 2020-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It really works! I bought this when my horse threw off 3 shoes in the deep mud of his pasture and I decided to keep him barefoot until Spring. It really kept his feet from breaking up. My ferrier and I love the hoof hardner.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing price and product! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This is my go to product for transitioning horses to being barefoot or even if they just need a break from wearing shoes for a bit. I have been amazed with the results I've seen in using this product in as little as 3 weeks. Definite improvement and a little goes a long way. I always have a bottle of this stuff on my grooming shelf and will never be without it. Great price here and can always expect super fast shipping from Santa Cruz Animal Health.
Date published: 2020-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seeing Results [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I've been noticing with few horses in our barn with this product. This is a great product! They used to pull shoes constantly and with use of this product, they have been able to keep their shoes for the whole cycle in muddy conditions! Great for wet seasons and to also improve overall condition of the hoof, in my opinion.
Date published: 2019-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product! Ive been using this for my mare who tends to have softer feet. Farrier says its doing it job and keeping her feet solid.
Date published: 2019-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast results! I have used Keratex before, but not for the past few years. Recently, my mare's hooves have been dry and brittle. She kept losing her front shoes and my farrier recommended using it again. I've only been using it for 3 weeks now and I've already noticed a huge improvement. This really is an excellent product for strengthening weak, dry, or brittle hooves. You only apply a very small amount, so the bottle lasts a long time. I just pour some into the cap (about half a capfull) and dip the brush into that so I don't get dirt in the bottle. I couldn't be happier!
Date published: 2019-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product! I got this for my super soft footed OTTB, it's worked wonders, a must for wet pastures!
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Scary Precautions - Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate I get that this stuff seems to work, but has anyone read the precautions? They're pretty scary. "Store locked up...May cause respiratory irritation...May cause damage to organs...May cause cancer...Suspected of causing genetic defects...Take off immediately all contaminated clothing...Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection" These are just the highlights. The precautions take up an entire side of the box. This is going back.
Date published: 2019-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome hoof hardener [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Great product and highly recommended by my farrier. Has really helped my horses feet.
Date published: 2019-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Product My OTTB has awful feet. After an entire year with pads under his shoes, my farrier decided to try going barefoot to help strengthen his feet. I ended up going 3 months without riding because he had no foot left to keep a shoe on and he was lame barefoot. After a month use of this product, our farrier came out and put front shoes on. My horse has now kept his shoes on for 8 weeks- longer than shoes have ever lasted him
Date published: 2019-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very useful for off track Thoroughbreds feet! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This is a must have product in my grooming box for working with off track Thoroughbreds! Within a week of using this product I can cut back to using it just once or twice a week and within a month, their feet are looking so much better! No more peeling/shelly/thin hooves! Great product to use in transitioning from a horse wearing shoes to going barefoot as well. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more thrown shoes! When I first started riding my horse (a 10yo OTTB) he had dry, brittle hooves. His nail holes would get bigger and he threw a shoe two months in a row just before he was due to be shod. I started him on a SmartPak with a hoof supplement and started using Keratex to strength his hooves while the old, unhealthy hoof grew out. It has been about 6 months and his feet are much improved! After I started the Keratex he didn’t lose another shoe. His hooves are almost completely regrown with healthy hoof now so I think I’ll switch to a hoof oil. I’m sure the oral supplement helps a lot but I feel that the Keratex was key in protecting the weak hoof until stronger hoof could grow in. Here’s a pic of his before hoof. I also took a reviewer’s recommendation and bought a round bottle with brush lid on Amazon, which made application easy.
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works great First time using this product, will not be without it now
Date published: 2018-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Karate helps keep feet barefoot I use Keratex to keep my 23 year old dressage TB barefoot it is working
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked well I bought this for my TB mares sensitive soles. It has helped.
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for toughening up barefoot horses Recently retired my eventer and pulled her shoes. She was very sensitive on gravel and would come up with a bruised sole. We followed the directions of daily application for 2 weeks and now do once a week and she's been doing much better!
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well My horse's hooves were crumbling due to the horrendous conditions. Applied for 1 week & saw a real difference.
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! I have been using this for about a year, and it has greatly improved my horses chipped feet. It is pricier than some products, but it is worth it, and a little goes a long way. Our farrier strongly recommended this product to me.
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Barn staple My farrier and I finally started my 6 yo TB mare on a hoof supplement (Farriers Formula) and Keratex as she went from an easy 3-4 day work week to a tougher 6 day work week, and her feet haven't really been keeping up. This is a barn staple and reliable at getting hooves toughened up. I've used on and off with several horses.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! I have been using this product on many different types of Horses for years now and has always helped keep my Horses feet hard and strong. Even my farrier asked me why my Horses feet where so hard when most other horses in my area feet where soft and falling apart.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT STUFF There is a reason this stuff is known in most barns, it works I board at a barn full of Thoroughbreds. Shelly chipping feet are common but consistent use of this and the hoof jell have improved many of our horses feet.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keratex Works Fast@ I purchased Keratex to use, after my horse starting throwing shoes and had several loose nails in a short time period. We applied it daily for about a week, then went down to 3x weekly. It's only been about two and a half weeks, but Benji's hooves seem to be harder, there have been no cracking at nail holes, and the general peeling/softer quality of his hooves seems noticeably better. I find Keratex to be easy to apply, and just ensure that I wait five to ten minutes for it to be absorbed, prior to putting him away or back out in turnout. We've had crazy dry then wet weather and I think this is also contributing to the hoof softness. We also introduced a hoof supplement into his diet, as this is usually imperative for long lasting results and new promoting new growth. But, I am really pleased with the results so far!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great hoof hardener but bottle not practical Love the hoof hardener - it has really made a difference on my horses brittle hooves after a weak of daily uses and 2 weeks of 3 times a week uses afterwards. However, the bottle is really not functional at all. It drips over easily and the liquid gets wasted on the ground. Only for this reason I will not repurchase and try another brand.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My horse's hooves had to be trimmed very short because they had splayed & chipped. My Haflinger's feet were ouchy for 2 days afterwards. I used the Keratex the day after the farrier trimmed him & also on the next day. By the 3rd day his feet were no longer "ouchy" & it has made his feet hard & they are no longer chipping. I also added to his diet Farrier's Formula Double which has also helped his feet.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential for barefoot In transitioning my horse to barefoot, this has been absolutely essential. It makes a difference!
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I refuse to use any good conditioners, oils etc. Maryland is plenty wet and keratex is the best way to keep hooves hard and keep moisture "out". I put it also on hoof nails, and Along with bellboots and good farrier, my horses shoes stay on.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Toughening soles Have used this various times in the past. Currently using it to toughen up the sole of a white hoof that has had a bunch of abcesses due to bruising
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keratex Hoof treatment Have been using this and hoping that my Farrier sees improvement when he trims Luke’s feet in a couple of weeks
Date published: 2018-01-08
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