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Modifying Clogs For Laminitis Relief

This Texas equine veterinarian has used these modifications on over 100 chronic and acute cases

The modified clog shown here differs from any other hoof device used on horses today. This modified clog (hereafter referred to in this article as a clog) features a 7/8-inch thick plywood top.

Under the front part of the top is a 1/2-inch glued-on wooden block (toe plate), while the remaining three-quarters of the area features a cushioned rubber pad. This rubber pad extends past the outer edges of the upper wooden part by 1/2 inch and is approximately 1/2 inch below the front wooden toe piece.

By comparison, the commercially available Steward clog is a single rubber pad attached to a 1/2-inch thick wooden block, or to a single block of wood that is approximately 2 inches thick, with slanted sides and steep breakover in the front.

Recently, a leather rim pad has been added to the top of the clog to provide a better fit to the hoof wall and to aid in avoiding the possibility of excessive sole and frog pressure. Along the top of the clog, a horseshoe-shaped groove helps alleviate pressure on the blood vessels along the rim of the coffin bone.

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The front part of the clog has a 1/2-inch glued-on wood block, while the remaining 75% features an EVA rubber pad.

Not easily achievable with previously available commercial clogs, these modifications allow for:

  • Elevation of the heel to relax the pull on the coffin bone by the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT).
  • A steeply slanted breakover under the tip of the coffin bone…
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