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  • Keratex or Durasole? which is better?

    I have a horse that has had no shoes for 4 weeks and I was wondering which product is better.. Price doesn't matter.. just want to hear you all's opinion on it

  • #2
    I've used Keratex for two months on my horse who is barefoot (TB), because of an injury/trying to get his feet to grow out. At any rate, I've been very pleased with the result. I've noticed his feet aren't cracking much, and he's much less foot sore (used to be impossible to have him barefoot). I'd recommend it.

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    • #3
      Crossapol can be used on both the hoof wall and sole.
      Takes about 3 or 4 months to show results if you follow the directions.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by EverAfter View Post
        I have a horse that has had no shoes for 4 weeks and I was wondering which product is better.. Price doesn't matter.. just want to hear you all's opinion on it

        I personally use both- Keratex on the walls and Durasole on the sole. They are two completely different products.
        "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
        So you might as well have a good time"

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        • #5
          Tabula - why don't you use keratex on the sole?

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          • #6
            Per Keratex Hoof Hardner:

            Should also be applied to the sole of the hoof to prevent bruising.
            \"You have two choices when a defining moment comes along - you can either define the moment, or let the moment define you.\" Tin Cup

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            • #7
              Originally posted by In_ View Post
              Tabula - why don't you use keratex on the sole?
              Keratex has additional stuff in it to help the hoof be the right balance of hard but not stiff/brittle, and to give the formulation more time to penetrate into the hoof wall before drying/setting up.

              Durasole is specifically designed just for the sole, and as such may work better than Keratex for that particular area, since the sole doesn't need the extra stuff.

              So a lot of people seem to feel the best results are to use Keratex on the hoof and Durasole on the sole.

              end non-scientific explanation.

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              • #8
                Durasole.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by In_ View Post
                  Tabula - why don't you use keratex on the sole?
                  Okay, this is how I understand it- so could be completely screwing this up- but....

                  I use the Keratex on the walls as a "barrier" kind of like putting water seal on your deck.
                  The Durasole is absorbed by the sole and the cells swell from it- Durasole is very quick acting- absorbs right away, while Keratex takes a bit to dry and be effective. Also I don't necessarily want a barrier on the sole- I want them to be a bit tougher for the miles of rocks and pavement I put in.
                  Not sure if this answers your question- but this is what I've found that works best for my situation
                  "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
                  So you might as well have a good time"

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                    #10
                    Thanks for the responses guys.. it really helps..

                    I kind of like Tabula's idea of doing keratex on the walls and durasole on the soles..

                    I don't want his feet to crack

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                    • #11
                      Why I use the Keratex Hoof Hardener

                      I use the Hoof Hardener on my horse's hooves and soles. He has good quality horn but still needs the extra help on his soles. The Hardener does not seal the horn, it can still continue to breathe. It makes the horn (hoof and sole) more dense, that is how it is harder. Because it is more dense, it doesn't allow too much moisture in to cause the hoof to soften and get cracks. Really works great around the nails to stop the breakage there.

                      I apply it before I ride and go! Doesn't take but a minute after applying to sink into the horn. I use it as a preventative of sorts, don't worry so much about losing a shoe, bruising on the sole, etc. Feet look great!

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                      • #12
                        durasole

                        i used durasole when my horse was a bit off in the sand ring and sound on grass. i rode him for a few days like that. but then applied durasole and he was sound the next day in the ring. my horse is barefoot and it seemed to make the bottom of his feet swell and harden. i thought it worked. much cheaper too. i havent used it since but if he were to go off again i would use durasole. or if you have a sensitive horse i would apply a few times a week.

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                        • #13
                          I HATE the bottle the Keratex comes in. How are you supposed to hold a horse's hoof in one hand and dip a brush into a tall narrow bottle with the other? After spilling approx. 40% of this expensive product on the floor, I am not happy. The folks at Durasole have common sense, their product is in a squeeze bottle. I need it for the soles only, so I think I will use Durasole...
                          "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by NJRider View Post
                            I HATE the bottle the Keratex comes in. How are you supposed to hold a horse's hoof in one hand and dip a brush into a tall narrow bottle with the other? After spilling approx. 40% of this expensive product on the floor, I am not happy. The folks at Durasole have common sense, their product is in a squeeze bottle. I need it for the soles only, so I think I will use Durasole...
                            I always just put a little bit of the stuff in the cap, and dip the brush in that, rather than dip the brush in the bottle. That's been pretty easy. Keeps dirt from getting into the bottle, too.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by NJRider View Post
                              I HATE the bottle the Keratex comes in. How are you supposed to hold a horse's hoof in one hand and dip a brush into a tall narrow bottle with the other? After spilling approx. 40% of this expensive product on the floor, I am not happy. The folks at Durasole have common sense, their product is in a squeeze bottle. I need it for the soles only, so I think I will use Durasole...


                              Ummmm, they do make these handy little things called hoof applicator bottles

                              http://www.jacksmfg.com/newimages/products/2239a.gif

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by NorCalDressage View Post


                                Ummmm, they do make these handy little things called hoof applicator bottles

                                http://www.jacksmfg.com/newimages/products/2239a.gif
                                What a deal- I can spend $40 for the Keratex then buy a separate container to use it in. Maybe Keratex can sell them with their logos for $19.99 plus get a free Sham-Wow if you call right now...
                                "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"

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                                • #17
                                  Have been using the Keratex Gel and happy with how it's been working.

                                  Helps keep their feet from going to the crapper with overly wet weather, or when we get drenching rain, then hot, then drenching rain pattern.

                                  Seeing less cracks in the summer as well - which for one at least, is helping the shoes stay put and on.

                                  It is pricey, but I definitely feel the results are worth it.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by NJRider View Post
                                    What a deal- I can spend $40 for the Keratex then buy a separate container to use it in. Maybe Keratex can sell them with their logos for $19.99 plus get a free Sham-Wow if you call right now...
                                    Wow, maybe. My dad did always tell me to have dreams......

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                                    • #19
                                      I love Keratex and their hardener / hoof gel program

                                      excellent customer service buy direct

                                      pour a small amount of hardener into the cap or a small cup ( about a tablespoon) and apply with brush. I simple placed the cap on the ground next to my outside foot . I got to where I could pour just enough

                                      wipe out cap, rinse out brush.

                                      Apply hardener to the hoff wall and sole only ,not the frog , not the cornet band

                                      It took my horses feet from dry, cracked, inclinded to chip and split to lovely uniform and durable. He lived 1 year without shoes after a surgery, during rehab, and his feet held up spectacularly.
                                      _\\]
                                      -- * > hoopoe
                                      Procrastinate NOW
                                      Introverted Since 1957

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                                      • #20
                                        It takes common sense to own a horse.

                                        Originally posted by NJRider View Post
                                        I HATE the bottle the Keratex comes in. How are you supposed to hold a horse's hoof in one hand and dip a brush into a tall narrow bottle with the other? After spilling approx. 40% of this expensive product on the floor, I am not happy. The folks at Durasole have common sense, their product is in a squeeze bottle. I need it for the soles only, so I think I will use Durasole...
                                        Many tasks around the barn require dexterity. I have always found that the effort to use the best products deliver the best results.

                                        Based on my experience, Keratex is the best choice.

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