What can I use to harden my horses hooves?
Nutrition and Supplements
The addition of biotin, a common ingredient in hoof supplements, also can help harden her soles. Feed at least 20 mg. per day. Other nutrients to look for in a supplement are iodine, methionine and zinc.
What does hoof hardener do?
Strengthens and protects shod and unshod hooves; prevents cracks and hoof breakage so that shoes stay on tight and the horse remains sound. KERATEX HOOF HARDENER strengthens the molecular structure of the hoof horn and soles by cross-linking keratin.
How quickly does Keratex hoof hardener work?
Keratex Hoof Hardener will take up to 2 weeks to produce optimum strength, so some care should be exercised during this period. However, after a few days the hoof will start to harden and it will be noticed that the sound from the unshod hooves on a hard surface will become sharper.
Does iodine Harden horse hooves?
Iodine will dry the sole, so some horsemen spread a little iodine daily over the sole and frog to help toughen and harden the sole and keep the frog disinfected. But iodine can damage the proteins in the structure of the hoof wall. It also causes excessive drying, which damages the structure and can lead to cracks.
How do I soak my horses hooves?
Soaking the hoof up to three times daily for 30 minutes in a very warm Epsom salt solution works well to encourage drainage. Keep the water as warm as possible without making it scalding. Use 2 cups of Epsom salts per gallon of warm water, squirt betadine solution. Continue for 3 days after pain resolved.
How often use Keratex hoof hardener?
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.
Does Keratex hoof hardener work?
Keratex Hoof Gel is also very effective and earns Best Buy, but it does have to be applied more frequently. For a barefoot horse, or a shod horse that isn?t protected well enough by a sealant, Keratex Hoof Hardener is the answer. It effectively hardens the hoof wall and can also be used on soles.
How do you use Durasole?
Apply dropwise to dry sole and frog and spread with a small brush. Do not apply more than the sole and frog will absorb at one time. Repeat daily for 1 to 2 weeks until the sole is hard enough, and repeat once or twice a week for maintenance. Always wear gloves and safety lenses when applying, and do not inhale vapors.
How do you use Venice turpentine?
Venice turpentine is brushed on with a paintbrush, avoiding the frog. When it’s applied to the sole, it will dry it out and harden it. The antiseptic properties help take the bruising and sting out of the hoof. I also use it, along with hoof packing, when it’s necessary to pad a horse that lives in wet conditions.