Basic Knowledge about Duplo Composite Horseshoes
The Categories "Standard" and "Extra"
There are two lines of Duplo models which differ in the hardness of their synthetic material. For the sake of clarity, we use two different colors to tell the categories apart.
The Standard models are made from relatively soft synthetic material. They are recognizable by their inlays in orange color.
The Extra models are made from a slightly harder material than the Standard models. They are recognizable by their inlays in green color.
Whether a Standard or an Extra horseshoe is better for your horse depends not only from the individual preferences of the horse but also from the temperature: The softer synthetic material of the Standard models stays flexible during the cold season and keeps its shock-absorbing characteristics; the harder material of the Extra models, on the other hand, is more immune to heat and remains abrasion-resistant even during higher temperature. We generally recommend the following approach:
|< 0 °C||< 32 °F||Standard Horseshoe|
|0 °C - 20 °C||32 °F - 68 °F||Standard or Extra Horseshoe|
|> 20 °C||> 68 °F||Extra Horseshoe|
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 for this purpose even if there are no quarter clips - provided that the horseshoe has been carefully applied.
In case of sensitive horses with irregularly shaped or very flat hooves, we recommend removing the inner knobs so they won't exert pressure on the sole.
The Synthetic Rim
Most of the Duplo models have an elastic synthetic rim which considerably reduces the accumulation of sand and debris and which makes cleaning the hoof much easier. The synthetic rim also reduces the risk of accumulating snow; the Standard models are therefore often (but not only!) used in winter.
Clipped Duplo 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 cycle, the quarter clips prevent the horseshoe from twisting 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.
Closed Duplo Horseshoes
The sole area of some Duplo models is closed with an integrated synthetic grid. 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.
Duplo 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 rocks, the horseshoe is challenged a lot. The toe area is therefore bordered with steel which increases its abrasion resistance.
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.
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.
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.
Duplo Horseshoes with Wedge
Every clipped Duplo Horseshoe 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 in case of certain therapeutic indications.