A: Hoof Armor, hoof protection, is a tough, durable and protective, yet flexible
abrasive resistant adhesive coating used to protect the bottom of a horseâ€™s hoof
from excessive wear and chipping. It is more flexible than the hoof so it doesnâ€™t
restrict the natural expansion and contraction of the hoof. Hoof Armor allows natural
expansion for optimum circulation, hoof health and protects the sole of the hoof
while it becomes stronger and more resistant to stone bruising. The thickness of
the hoof sole is the key to stone insensitivity. Applied to the sole, hoof wall
bottom edge, the frog and heel bulbs, it simply protects against wear, chipping and
abrasion. Being flexible Hoof Armor will work with any trimming technique.
Q: How long does it last?
A: On typical use (trail riding, ring work) it lasts from trim to trim, or about
six weeks. Then it is trimmed off with the excess hoof and reapplied. And riders
have successfully completed 50 to 100-mile endurance rides over all types of terrains
including the 2010 WEG, the 2011 Presidentâ€™s Cup in Abu Dhabi and the Great Santa
Fe Trail race which covered 50 miles a day for 10 days.
Q: Does it seal the hoof from breathing?
A. Contrary to popular belief the hoof below the live coronary, from which it grows,
doesnâ€™t breathe. The hoof is nourished from within. Recent University of Penn studies
showed that the cells of the outer hoof are denser to seal the moisture level in
the hoof (optimum level: wall = 25%, sole = 50%). The coronary itself creates a
varnish coating as the hoof wall grows out that maintains moisture. Hoof Armor just
does the same on the bottom. Year round use of Hoof Armor will maintain the same
moisture level and the hooves will look great all the time. Hoof Armor can be applied
to the frog and heel bulbs for additional protection on rough surfaces.
Q: Does it protect against stone bruising?
A: Hoof Armor can help protect against penetration but, being flexible, may not completely
prevent bruising. Hoof Armor allows a horse to feel its feet. The key to stone protection
is a thicker sole; more thickness between the stones and the sensitive sole. HoofArmor
is used to protect the sole from wear while it grows thicker and tougher.
Q: What is it made with? Is it toxic?
A: Hoof Armorâ€™s ingredients are a trade secret, but it is essentially a non-toxic
epoxy base. The main ingredients of this formula are approved by the U.S. FDA for
contact with food, another ingredient is a powerful, natural anti-microbial / anti-bacterial
agent; and, of course, a lot of KevlarÂ® the inert bulletproofing material. Hoof
Armor has been successfully used for curing White Line Disease!