The IEP Contender is a wedged rail shoe designed by Sammy L. Pittman, DVM. The shoe design is maximized for wear and addition of modifications. Dr. Pittman combined many of his favorite aspects of currently available shoes on the market into his handmade shoe and worked to bring them to the market and use in his daily practice. The shape is easily changed to fit a wide range of hoof shapes. Built-in modifications include inset rails and rolled toe for leverage reduction, concaved inner rim in the toe section and onion like heel to improve interaction in soft footing. Dr. Pittman uses this shoe in a fully rockered shape to treat many common hoof problems such as thin soles, navicular syndrome, club feet, chronic laminitis and low heel. Available in 5 sizes and each are available in a 4- and 6-degree wedge to fine tune the mechanics relative to the pathology being treated. All sizes are available in a CNC milled version with a full heel plate that can be easily removed. A more economical drop forged version is available in size 1-4 degree and 1-6 degree without a heel plate.
IEP Contender rail shoe with a 4 degree wedge, size 2-4. Measures 5 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches long. Sold individually.