Has anyone used Keratex on their horses' feet?
I have two horses (8 year old Appendix and 11 year old OTTB) that have weak, shelly feet that tend to bruise easily and don't hold shoes well. They both require shoes on all 4, and need to be shod about every 4 weeks in the summer, or they lose shoes. It doesn't help matters that I live in west central PA, where the ground is either muddy or rock-hard -- never anywhere in between. I am very big on turning my horses out, and it keeps their legs and their minds sound ... but with the way the ground conditions are around here and all the wet/dry cycles, it doesn't do their feet any favors.
I have tried feeding hoof supplements in the past, but after over a year and a half with absolutely no improvement in their feet, I decided to stop spending money on it. They are both in good weight and otherwise healthy.
My TB came in from the field today with an apparent stone bruise near the toe on his right front foot. I was at my wit's end after struggling just to keep shoes on all summer, and now this, so I picked up some Keratex from the tack shop to try on the two of them ... it is one of the few hoof care products I haven't already tried and found to be ineffective in strengthening hooves.
So my question is, has anyone used Keratex on their horses, and does it actually work to strengthen and harden their feet? If so, how long does it take to start seeing results? Has anyone had any bad experiences using it on their horses?