Farrier Jack Spriggs demonstrates the application of Clogs and Avainti’s to help a laminitic horse.

Clogs are my first choice when helping a horse through a laminitic episode.

The first step in the process are to hoof test the foot to see how much sole depth I have if I don’t have X-rays.

The foot is then mapped and trimmed. I’ll re hoof test the foot and mark the area which is sore. This is often the toe portion of the sole and one of the quarters. I do this so I know where I can load share and where I need to protect.

I use Impression Material to cover the non painful sole to help deload the painful areas. Magic Cushion is used in the painful zones as its neutral loading. It also helps prevent anaerobic bacteria from proliferating under the Clog.


The Clogs themselves can be nailed on, glued, screwed, cast or any combination of these methods to attach the Clog to the foot.

They are great at stabilising the hoof capsule, greatly reduce leverage forces acting on the inflamed laminae and are cost effective in comparison to the other mainstream therapeutic shoes.

The Clogs are then kept on for a normal shoeing cycle.


Transition out of the Clog is dependent on how quickly the reasons for the laminitic episode can be resolved and the level of detachment seen within the laminae.

Six weeks later the horse had improved to a level where I could start transitioning out of the Clog.



An Avanti shoe with a Natural Balance frog support pad was used. Impression Material and Magic Cushion where used to pack under the pad.


The back of the frog support was ground to the same angle of the Avanti shoe. Trying to mimic the roll of ratios of the Clog 20:60:20

With both the Clog and the Avanti’s I used a city head nail as they bed in better and sit flush.

Please see the links below to find the products Jack has used in this article.

Clogs –

Impression Material –

Magic Cushion –

Hemp –

Natural Balance Pad –

Avanti –

Updated information on the Equicast products and EVA Clogs

At TFP we like to keep the users of our products up to date on the best way to use them.

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Equicast – Added how to remove Equicast video.

EVA Foam shoe with Leather – Added how to apply a EVA Shoe.

EVA Wood shoe with Leather – Added how to apply a EVA Shoe.

Equicast Wood shoe with Leather – Added how to apply a Equicast Wood Shoe.

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If you would like more information about the Equicast Product range please go to or give us a call at TFP.

David Nicholls to take part in talk on suspensory dysfunctions.

TFP’s very own David Nicholls will be taking part in what should be an interesting round table discussion focusing on suspensory dysfunctions, with a great line up of other equine professionals .

The speakers are:

  • Judy Harvey FBHS, UKCC Level 3
  • Andrew Fiske-Jackson BVSc MVetMed FHEA Dipl.ECVS MRCVS Senior Lecturer, RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Equine Surgery, Deputy Head of RVC Equine
  • David Nicholls RSS AWCF RJF
  • Anna Johnson ACPAT Cat A Chartered Physio
  • Graham Hunter BVM&S GPCert(EqP) CertEP CertAVP(ESO) MRCVS


Click the link to find out more,

Freedom Shoes give Pony Freedom.

David Nicholls has recently used a pair of Freedom Shoes on this Pony.

Here is what he said.

“This is a Cushings and EMS pony approximately thirty years old. He is under constant veterinary monitoring and has medication to control his Cushings disease. He is generally not on any pain medication and has been sound for a considerable period of time following recovery from foundering.

He has been set up with several different farriery options over the years starting with the Equine Digit Support System. This system was like a miracle for his recovery and subsequent soundness following application.

From the first attack of laminitis he has become much thinner than before and is monitored to keep weight on him. He eats well unless he is uncomfortable which seems to be the first indication that he is no longer comfortable. The vet is happy with his condition and he is heavily monitored by both the owner and the vet.

He was downgraded into Dr Steward EDSS clogs after wearing out the EDSS set up and did well until a recent attack of laminitis. He had blood tests and changes in his medication during which he was on box rest.

Following his internment, he was struggling without wearing any footwear and the hoof wall quality had deteriorated making it difficult to attach any shoe/pad combination, so I opted to re-shoe him in “Freedom” shoes.

I first hoof tested the feet and marked a pain line across the sole and placed Impression Material behind that line in both fore feet. I nailed on the Freedom shoes and he has stayed very sound since, despite exhibiting discomfort when hoof tested.”

Below are three short videos showing the pony after the application of the Freedom shoes with Equicast walking in a straight line, clockwise and anti-clockwise.

“He was given two sachets of anti-inflammatory/analgesic – one following my visit and one the following morning.

He has returned to his job as a full-time companion to his equine friend running around the fields with no apparent discomfort.

He is still closely monitored by both the owner and regular vet visits, both of whom give me regular updates.”

The pictures are of the Freedom shoes on the front feet.

BFBA (Sussex Branch) & TFP ‘Joint Farrier Conference’

We had an eclectic mix of professionals from the world of farriery including Sam Head DipWCF, Ed Lyall BVetMed CertEM (StudMed) MRCVS, Marc Jerram BSc (Hons) AWCF, Clive Meers-Rainger RSS and our very own David Nicholls AWCF.

They covered a wide range of subject from bar shoe fitting (Sam Head) to Veterinary Diagnosis and Treatments for Hind Limb Lameness (Ed Lyall).