Basic Knowledge about Duplo Composite Horseshoes

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The Categories "Standard" and "Extra"
There are two lines of Duplo models; we use colors to tell them apart.

The Standard models are made from relatively soft synthetic material. They are recognizable by their knob arrays in orange color.

The Extra models are made from a slightly harder synthetic material than the Standard models. They are recognizable by their knob arrays in green color.



The Knobs
Generally, all Duplo Horseshoes are equipped with two knob arrays. The knobs are impressed into the hoof wall and thus help the horseshoe keep its position on the hoof. Experience has shown that two knob arrays are sufficient even if there are no quarter clips - provided that the horseshoe has been carefully applied.

Some models from our early days still have four knob arrays instead of two. If you use these (or any other) horseshoes and your horse has flat, sensitive hooves, please consider removing the inner knob arrays so they won't exert pressure on the sole!


The Synthetic Rim
Most of the Duplo models have a synthetic elastic rim which considerably reduces the accumulation of snow and debris. This is why the horseshoes with rim are often (but not only!) used in winter.

Until now, it was only possible to add a rim to the slightly softer Standard horseshoes. Thanks to new machines and better techniques, we are now able to attach a synthetic rim to the slightly harder material of the Extra models. In the medium term, all Duplo models without closed sole area will be equipped with an elastic rim.




Clipped Duplo Horseshoes
Most of the Duplo models have quarter clips by now - simply because they are well-proven. The clips facilitate the nailing process for the farrier because the horseshoe is kept in position by the quarter clips even before all nails are placed. During the regular shoeing period, the quarter clips prevent the horseshoe from twistinig or getting out of position.



Profiled Duplo Horseshoes
Every Duplo Horseshoe is profiled on its lower surface, but some models have a more pronounced profile which improves the anti-slide qualities of the horseshoe. We recommend profiled horseshoes for muddy or pebbly paths where additional grip is necessary.



Threaded Duplo Horseshoes
Thanks to their material and their profiled surface, Duplo Horseshoe are well protected against slipping. However, there are situations in which an additional anti-slide equipment is necessary. That is why some Duplo models are equipped with two or four screw threads in which you can insert screw studs.

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Closed Duplo Horseshoes
The sole area of some Duplo horseshoes is closed either with a slim synthetic pad or with an integrated synthetic grid, depending on the model. We often use these horseshoes for flat, sensitive soles or in case of very stony trails - and of course, there are numerous therapeutic applications possible.

During the current revision of the older Duplo models, we are going to replace the completely closed soles with grid soles. In the medium term, there will only be horseshoes with the new and improved grid soles.



Horseshoes with Reinforced Toe Area (Arizona)
The Duplo models with reinforced toe area have been developed in close collaboration with the Miller Ranch in Arizona. Being used for climbing the rocks of Arizona, the toe area of the horseshoe is challenged a lot and therefore bordered with steel. The steel border increases the resistance of the horseshoe's toe area.

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Duplo Horseshoes with Ring-Shaped Metal Inlay
Some Duplo models have a ring-shaped metal inlay - quite similar to a traditional Heart Bar metal horseshoe. Thanks to that feature, those horseshoes are absolutely solid and torsion-free even during heavy use. They are ideal for horses that need an extremely solid and, at the same time, very shock-absorbing horseshoe.

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Duplo Straight Toe Shoes (STS)
Compared to a regular round Duplo, the toe area of the Duplo Straight Toe Shoe is slightly straightened. The particular shape and the prefabricated toe rocker facilitate breakover. If you prepare the hoof correctly, the Duplo Straight Toe Shoe is also ideal for difficult hoof shapes and angles.

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Open-Toed Duplo Horseshoes
The different models of open-toed Duplo Horseshoes have been developed for the treatment of chronic laminitis. However, the daily routine has shown that the open-toed models are not only ideal for laminitis hooves but also in case of some other therapeutic indications.

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Duplo Horseshoes with Wedge
Every Duplo Horseshoe with quarter clips can be combined with a fitting wedge inlay. A horseshoe with wedge is used whenever a change of the hoof angle, combined with perfect shock absorbance, is called for. The Duplo Wedge is the ideal supplement to the Duplo Horseshoe for certain therapeutic indications.

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Latest Update: 2018-01-09


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