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Keratex Hoof Hardener



Keratex Hoof Hardener strengthens the hoof from the inside out. Farriers and horse owners reach for Keratex Hoof Hardener to improve overall hoof health. It improves the molecular structure of horses' hooves by strengthening protein bonds in the hoof wall to create a stronger horn structure. It also prevents the horn from taking in excess moisture, maintaining its natural moisture level with conditioners.

Horses with hoof care challenges, like abscesses, dry conditions, and shoe loss, benefit from the cross-linking of the keratins and proteins of the hoof wall. Keratin is the primary building block of the horn structure. The process of cross-linking may prevent existing cracks and dryness from expanding. Keratex Hoof Hardener is also wonderful for general hoof maintenance and the overall prevention of weak hooves.

Key Benefits

  • Easy to apply: Apply Keratex Hoof Hardener to the lower half of the hoof, including the sole of the hoof. Avoid the coronary band and frog. Use daily for one, then twice weekly. Clean the hoof with acetone if any greases have been used in the past three months.
  • Allows the hoof to breathe: Applied to the lower half of hoof, the treated hoof has a protective barrier but still allows the hoof to breathe and act normally.
  • Maintains natural moisture levels: Retains moisture balance to prevent cracking and other hoof damage. 
  • Versatile: Equally effective in wet and dry locations and for shod and barefoot horses. 
  • Safety: Keratex Hoof Hardener does not seal the hoof and is not an oily, greasy, or resin layer. Unlike cosmetic hoof varnish, it supports equine hoof care and health. 
  • Gentle yet effective formulation: Strengthens weak and cracked hooves by improving the molecular structure of the horn itself. The safe and proven ingredients, aluminum chloride hexahydrate, glycerine, formaldehyde, ethyl alcohol, methyl alcohol, methyl salicylate, water, nourish the hoof horn.
  • Recommended by professionals: The Jockey Club and the FEI approve Keratex Hoof Hardener. Ian Hughes, Olympic farrier, and veterinarians worldwide recommend Keratex hoof care products. The Horse Journal voted Keratex Product of the Year and Editor's Choice. Loyal fans always rave about our great products in their customer reviews.
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  • Keratex Hoof Putty packs the hoof with disinfectants suited to combat white line disease and thrush. Nail holes can be protected from wet conditions, grit, and mud.

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