This is an unsolicted review on Keratex products: Frog Disinfectant, Hoof Hardener, and Hoof Gel
After returning from Colorado on Tuesday, I found Norman in a muddy mess because my plan featured in A House for Norman failed…epically. When Wednesday, midmorning came, I went to work, getting Norman’s feet ready for a break after three straight days of wading in water, mud, and inevitably, bowel movements. I immediately turned to my best defense for anything hoof related, my collection of Keratex goodies.
After spraying Norman's legs down with water and cleaning off all the mud, I picked his feet and treated them with Keratex Hoof Disinfectant. This tea-tree oil based solution in a compact squirt bottle is an excellent rainy day tool for any outdoor horse or even the average stall-bound pee-stander. For Norman, it was the quickest way to ensure that thrush never began. Thrush is a common, stinky hoof condition caused by spherophorus neaophorus, a bacteria that flourishes in wet environments, like the tissue of horse frogs. Tee-tree oil is naturally drying and is commonly used as an antibacterial agent because of that ability. Please note that this is an exceptional wet condition agent and may cause over drying in dry conditions. Tip: Slightly soak a cotton ball and wipe down your hoof pick to help keep it extra clean between uses.
About a half hour after applying the Frog Disinfectant, I applied Keratex Hoof Hardener to the lower half of his exterior hoof wall and waited for the rest of the sole to dry. If you have read Keeping Calm with Keratex, then you understand my passion for this product. This chain linking solution literally straightens the chemical make-up of a horse’s hoof wall through a two part strengthening process. Formalin is as the strengthening agent along side an undisclosed slowing compound that allows the formalin to seep into the hoof wall and go to work, side-by-side of the keratin. Keratex Hoof Hardener is patented due to is specialized formula and is the only hoof hardening product on the market proven to strengthen hooves and help with soundness. Norman always receives a treatment after being shod and when its wet outside. My best advice for you as an applicator is that you apply in an open area as formalin is diluted formaldehyde and can cause asphyxiation if deeply inhaled. Its great on your horse’s hooves, not only your brain or lungs.
Fifteen minutes later, I applied the Keratex Hoof Gel strictly to the sole and top of the frog, avoiding the sides of the frog and the hoof wall. This is your all-year-round solution to maintaining a healthy hoof homeostasis. The more consistently this product is used, the better it is at waterproofing, preventing over-drying, and can even stop horses from compacting snow in shoes during the winter. Hoof Gel is my number one go to for preventing the over drying of feet when in shavings and additionally aids in picking sand out of hooves. Not to mention, Norman is a stall walker and Autumn pees in one spot, both benefit from the protection hoof gel provides against water, urine, manure, and ammonia when left overnight. Also, if you’re looking for a healthy way to get a sheen on your horse’s hooves while at a show, just apply hoof gel to the wall as well, wait until its dry, then buff with a towel. Voila! You have a brilliant hoof, ready to put you in the blues.
I finished off my rain routine by making sure the Keratex Hoof Gel is dry and then putting Norman in his newly bedded stall. Hoof care for Norman is critical. After a turbulent relationship with his hoof health, I do my best to clean his feet twice a day and ensure that I follow the instructions on the Keratex labels as accurately as possible. Nothing makes me happier than knowing that even on the grossest of days, the rescues are getting the best care possible. I plan on keeping the Keratex brand at The HNH Sanctuary for years to come.