What is Hoof Armor?
Hoof Armor, hoof protection, is a tough, durable and protective, yet flexible abrasive resistant adhesive coating used to protect the bottom of a horse’s hoof from excessive wear and chipping. It is more flexible than the hoof so it doesn’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 (not the commissures) and heel bulbs, it simply protects against wear, chipping and abrasion. Being flexible Hoof Armor will work with any trimming technique. It has also been found effective in White Line treatment and prevention.
Hoof Armor Application
Hoof Armor is an adhesive coating originally designed to protect against wear and chipping. For many years, that was all there was to it. Hoof Armor by itself (no horseshoes or boots) has been used to prevent excessive wear for endurance rides of 50, 75 or 100-miles as all performance disciplines. and everyday trail riders. Hoof Armor works well to protect against wear and abrasion, but I always thought there was more functioning on a molecular level I couldn’t see.
The present formula, the sixth, is as safe as I can make it for horses and the people who are applying it. It is an epoxy base which is similar to the plastic milk jugs you see in the stores and also similar to the linings of metal fruit and vegetable cans which you don’t see. Obviously, this formula was approved by the FDA for use in contact with food. Another ingredient is Kevlar™ which is an inert material that you could probably eat with no serious effects, although it is not recommended.
Another ingredient is a natural one made from non-GMO plants and used in food and skin care. All as safe as possible.
Then, there was a horse that was going to be put down for White Line Disease so, as a last resort, a farrier slathered Hoof Armor over the infected areas three times over a period of two months and cleared it up. Another trial cleared up White Line Disease with two applications over 8-weeks applied by the farrier. Then there was a veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo who used Hoof Armor to treat toe nail canker on an elephant. More trials proved that, not only Hoof Armor could treat White Line Disease, it would also prevent it.
Research has shown an ingredient in Hoof Armor to be an effective antimicrobial:
Inactivation of bacteria can be as brief as 30 seconds and, it could safely and completely inhibit the growth of bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria.
The success with White Line Disease led to trials of treating Thrush and as a preventative for horses that were historically prone to Thrush. These trials are on-going.
Now, further research has proven this ingredient to have additional benefits
This ingredient and been shown to improve elasticity, increase collagen density, and actually increase dermal thickness. Another study reported 4-weeks of treatment resulted in up to 19% increase in epidermal thickness.
This research leads me to propose that Hoof Armor not only be used to prevent excessive wear on the bottom of the hooves; not only as a treatment and preventative against infections over all the hoof surfaces; but as a hoof conditioning agent that is safer than anything on the market. I would suggest the application of Hoof Armor with every trim as an integral part of a continual and progressive hoof care development plan. Hoof Armor can be used with horseshoes to protect the sole like a pad, except it will not grow out with the hoof wall or allow dirt to enter from the back. Hoof Armor can also be used with hoof boots as additional protection in case the boots come off or to prevent the hooves from excessive moisture and abrasive particles inside the boot.
I have used Hoof Armor over the past five years, and it has been an important product for allowing my horses to be barefoot while competing in barrel racing all year long.
It is easy to use has saved me money, and I never worry about losing a shoe!
Dear Hoof Armor:
Just wanted to let you know how much I love your product Hoof Armor. I didn't want to put shoes on my 18.2 hand gelding Henry but driving on rough tracks and roads over long distances was putting the health of my horses hoof at jeopardy! Now it's so easy. After the farrier trims Henry I just put on the Hoof Armor in the stall and let him stand a few minutes and off we go for more fun and miles out on our trails!!! His feet look fantastic and it saves me tons of money on shoeing costs! Nothing not to love!