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At the 2015 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention in December, Dr. Bryan Fraley of Fraley Equine Podiatry presented a talk on modifying hoof boots to address chronic laminitis. This presentation was a summary of an extensive paper provided in the AAEP Proceedings.
Fraley reminds that no application for laminitis will achieve success unless the practitioner addresses the underlying cause(s) of laminitis. Once that goal is accomplished, his solutions of modifying hoof boots by gluing on shoes may prove beneficial.
“The modification of boots is already quite relevant to clinical practice because they are easy to use, adaptable and comfortable,” says Fraley. “Comfort is often the barometer that owners use to measure success or failure.”
Fraley provided these pros to using modified hoof boots for chronic laminitis in his paper: