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The Steward clog or wooden shoe is well known for its use in laminitis treatment, but it also has proven to be a beneficial system for rehabilitation in a variety of hoof and leg conditions of equids. Farriers must address five entities to alter the 3D planar direction of hoof balance and load (to enhance hoof rehabilitation) —all of which can easily be accomplished using the roller motion Steward clog:
Not only can the wooden shoe accomplish these, it can do so economically. Generally, the use of the “wooden shoe” is for rehab during a layoff. Speed work is generally not recommended in the wooden version of the clog. Weatherford, Texas, veterinarian Paul Loe has used the wood/EVA clog on a cutting horse in the finals of the National Cutting Horse Association futurity after a bout of laminitis between the qualifying round and finals.
Whether transitioning out of clogs for laminitis rehabilitation or other hoof or leg pathologies, many choices are now available to make the horse more comfortable and retain soundness in the altering…