Keratex Hoof Hardener
Strengthens, Hardens & Protects Hooves.
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
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.
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
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 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
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 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,
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.