Duplo Composite Horseshoes

There are currently about 40 different Duplo models in numerous sizes and shapes available - there's an ideal composite horseshoe for every horse and every situation!



Clipped Horseshoes

Most of the Duplo models have quarter clips - simply because they are well-proven. The clips facilitate the nailing process 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 twisting or getting out of position.

For therapeutic applications, we have developed the Duplo Wedge which can be combined with every clipped Duplo Horseshoe. There is a wedge for every horseshoe size and shape. You can simply place the wedge on the horseshoe without any further effort - it will be kept in position thanks to the quarter clips.

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Profiled Horseshoes

Every Duplo Composite Horseshoe is profiled on its lower surface. But some models have an increased profile which improves the anti-slide qualities of the Duplo. We recommend the increased profile on muddy or pebbly paths where additional grip is necessary.

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Threaded Horseshoes

Thanks to its material and its profiled surface, the Duplo Composite Horseshoe is well protected against slipping. But there are situations in which an additional skid-proof equipment is necessary. That's why some Duplo models are equipped with two threads in their heel area which can be used with screw studs.

The screw threads of the regular Duplo models are fixated in the synthetic material of the horseshoe. They can be used with studs of 4 mm and 6 mm. If you want to use larger studs, we recommand horseshoes with their threads firmly attached to the metal inlay - that is particularly the Duplo Jumper which has been developed for the requirements of show jumping horses and which even has four screw threads.

Please keep in mind that we use differend thread sizes (M8 and M10) depending on the horseshoe model and size, and don't forget to order fitting screw studs and stud blanks!

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Closed 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.

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Horseshoes with Reinforced Toe Area

The Duplo models with reinforced toe area have been developed in close collaboration with the Miller Ranch in Arizona. Being used for climbing in the rocks of Arizona, the horseshoe is especially strained around the toe area. The most important challenge was therefore to prevent the synthetic material from breaking open around the toe. To ensure this, the toe area of the horseshoe is bordered with steel in order to increase its resistance. Thanks to the synthetic material of the rest of the shoe, it is still very shock-absorbing; the additional steel border protects the synthetic material from being torn out, though.

The additional steel border shifts the weight of the horseshoe towards the toe. This weight transfer may influence the horse's mechanics - in a good or a bad way. In some cases, a model with reinforced toe area can be used as a therapeutic horseshoe - comparable to a regular toe weight horseshoe.

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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 extreme use. They are ideal for horses that need an extremely solid and, at the same time, very shock-absorbing horseshoe.

Compared to Duplo models with a regular metal inlay, a horseshoe with ring-shaped metal inlay considerably reduces the flexibility of the hoof capsule in its heel area. This may be a desirable feature in case of certain therapeutic indications. At the same time, the shoe is less heavy than a traditional heart bar shoe of the same size. The locomotor system is therefore treated with care.

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Straight Toe Shoes (STS)

The Duplo Straight Toe Shoe (STS) is our latest Duplo concept. Compared to a regular round Duplo, the toe area of the STS is slightly straightened. The oblong nail holes are positioned at 90 degrees to the white line so that it's possible to place each nail individually and to react accordingly to irregular hoof shapes. If you choose a model with quarter clips, those are positioned further backwards.

The particular shape and the prefabricated toe rocker facilitate breakover. If the hoof is correctly prepared, the Duplo Straight Toe Shoe is also ideal for difficult hoof shapes and angles.

Those models which are fabricated with quarter clips can also be combined with fitting Duplo Wedges in order to increase the hoof angle if necessary.

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Open-Toed Horseshoes

The different models of open-toed Duplo Composite 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.

The open toe area of the horseshoe promotes an early breakover and minimizes the leverage forces in the toe area of the hoof. Besides, if necessary, you can shorten the toe more considerably than you could with a regular horseshoe.

The front bar is shaped exactly like the dorsal rim of P3 - contrary to a straight bar, there won't be any painful punctual pressure exerted on the rim of P3 if you place the horseshoe correctly on the hoof.

Every open-toed Duplo model is equipped with an integrated synthetic grid sole so you can use liquid or kneadable padding material. Spare padding material can exit throught the holes of the grid and won't exert uncomfortable pressure on the sensitive sole.

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Standard Horseshoes

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

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Extra Horseshoes

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

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Horseshoes without Metal Inlay

The metal inlay of the Duplo Composite Horseshoes is extremely important to make sure the shoe is solid and to avoid that the shoe deforms and pressurizes the hoof sole.

The Duplo model without metal core can therefore not be used as a nailed or glued horseshoe because it is not solid enough. We exclusively use this model as abrasion protection for horseboots.

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