Strengthens, Hardens & Protects Hooves.
Keratex Hoof Hardener strengthens weak,
worn and cracked hooves by improving the molecular structure of the horn
itself. 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. Hoof Hardener will ensure the
treated hoof is able to breathe naturally so the moisture balance is
Should also be applied to the sole of the
hoof to prevent bruising.
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
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 it's 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.
A little more on the
Although the unique formula for Keratex
Hoof Hardener is protected under patent laws, the following information is
provided to help explain why Keratex Hoof Hardener 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. Keratex Hoof
Hardener contains formalin. 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 Keratex 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, Keratex Hoof Hardener contains a
plasticiser to stop the horn from becoming brittle, and it also contains a
powerful disinfectant to assist in maintaining general hoof health.
User Notes - Sold in 250 ml
plastic bottles. Includes separate hoof brush for application.
Use once a day for the first week. Once every
other day for the second week. Then two to three times a week or as needed.
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