Hoof Armor Starter Kit
What is Hoof Armor?
Hoof Armor hoof protection is an easily applied adhesive coating that Farriers and horse owners alike can utilize to protect their barefoot horse’s hooves against abrasion and wear.
- Unlike horseshoes, Hoof Armor is designed to help strengthen your horses hooves, rather than weaken them. Like the natural varnish coating the hoof naturally secretes on the top of the hoof, Hoof Armor coats the bottom with a flexible thin layer to retain the hoof’s internal moisture keeping hooves healthy in any environment.
- Unlike horseshoes, Hoof Armor protects the sole of the hoof which is the part that gets stone bruised. The thickness of the hoof sole is the key to stone insensitivity.
- Unlike metal horseshoes, plastic horseshoes or boots, Hoof Armor is more flexible than the hoof itself and will not restrict the hoof’s natural expansion and contraction.
- Unlike horseshoes where the shoes are nailed on every six weeks or so and the hooves are not maintained in the interim, Hoof Armor is part of a hoof maintenance plan that includes proper trimming and conditioning of the hoof just like one would do for the rest of the horse.
Hoof Armor was invented to be used in a progressive conditioning program to enable a horse to comfortably and safely go barefoot. For best results when applying Hoof Armor, trim hoof wall level with the sole and do not thin/pare the sole by cutting it concave. Rasp all edges smooth and rounded. Along with a proper trimming routine where the sole is not carved concave and all hoof wall edges are rounded, Hoof Armor is used to help the sole grow thicker enabling it to help the hoof wall support the horse’s weight and to provide protection from bruising. Besides the protection from wear and chipping provided by Hoof Armor; the sole support, by distributing the weight over a larger area, will protect the hoof wall from cracking and chipping. After horseshoes are removed, it may take as many as two or three applications of Hoof Armor over as many trimming cycles to grow enough sole thickness for the horse to be insensitive to stones and sharp surfaces.
Just because your horse takes a misstep every so often, doesn’t mean that he is lame or generally tender over rocks. He’s just saying,” Ouch that was a sharp one,” and avoids stepping on something that could damage his hoof. Now that your horse can feel his feet, it is most natural for him to protect them by not putting all his weight on something sharp. Make sense? Horses transitioning from shoes to barefoot may show an immediate improvement in stone sensitivity, but may also take two or three Hoof Armor applications (trim cycles) to develop their best stone protection depending on the starting condition of the hoof.
The Hoof Armor® Starter Kit contains a 4:1 dispenser, a 50 ml cartridge of Hoof Armor, eight (8) turbo mix nozzles, two rubber gloves and detailed written instructions.
A Hoof Armor 50 ml cartridge should coat eight (8) saddle horse hooves.
Hoof Armor hoof protection is protected by U.S. Patent #6,231,972.