FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about Duplo Horseshoes

You have questions about Duplo Horseshoes and their correct use? Perhaps you aren't the only one with your specific problem. We have assembled the most frequently asked questions and we hope you'll find a satisfying answer to yours! If not, feel free to contact us!

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Are Duplo Horseshoes suitable for gaited horses?
Basically yes - every horse is happy about a comfortable horseshoe! Having said that, there are two additional aspects to be considered.
To begin with, there is the gait itself: If you have previously used front and hind horseshoes with different weights for tölt, running walk, foxtrott etc., there might be some initial problems with the correct rhythm. However, this is a matter of habit - a horse with a natural gaiting ability and a gymnastic training background will soon find the desired rhythm and perhaps walk or foxtrott even more smoothly than before.
The second aspect only concerns competition riders: If you want to present your gaited horse in competitions, don't forget to check the rulebooks - not every association allows composite horseshoes (yet)!


What are the precise measures of Duplo Horseshoes?
Duplo Horseshoes are measured at their widest point. Usually, this information, combined with the shape of the hoof, is good enough to find a fitting horseshoe. In case you need additional details about the length of the horseshoe, we have measured two Duplo models for you. Generally, the models without quarter clips are slightly shorter than the models with quarter clips.

Duplo Measures (PDF)

How many nail holes are there?
According to our experience, six nails are enough to fixate the horseshoe even on a very large hoof. Therefore, our revised models generally have six nail holes. If necessary, you can drill an optional additional nail hole on each side. In case of the older Duplo models, the number of nail holes varies between six and eight, depending on the size of the horseshoe.

Quarter Clips Shape Size Nail Holes
(Old Models)
Nail Holes
(new models)
- round 110 mm or smaller 6 6 (+ 2)
- round 114 mm or larger 8
- oval 106 mm or smaller 6
- oval 110 mm or larger 8
2 round 138 mm or smaller 6
2 round 142 mm or larger 8
2 oval 122 mm or smaller 6
2 oval 126 mm or larger 8


How does the transition from metal to composite horseshoes work?
A short period of familiarization is normal when your horse is shoed with Duplo Composite Horseshoes for the first time. A horse whose musculosceletal system and mechanics have adapted to the sliding behavior of traditional horseshoes will be shortly confused because of the reduced sliding range of the Duplos. Other problems relating to the transition aren't known - and most horses walk on clouds after this initial period.

When do you recommend using a regular round horseshoe, when an STS model?
Both the regular round horseshoes and the STS horseshoes are rather suitable for front hooves than for hind hooves because of their shape. The decision which model to use for your horse completely depends on the horse's needs and on the intended use: If an early breakover is important or if you'd like to slightly set the horseshoe back, choose an STS model. If other particularities - for example the reinforced toe of the Duplo Arizona - are more important, use a regular round horseshoe. It's your choice!


How is it possible to prevent the horseshoes from twisting out of their position?
It is very rare that a Duplo Horseshoe gets out of place on a front hoof. If it does, it is often due to irregular hoof growth or extremely long shoeing periods.
Displacements at the hind hooves are more common. They are often due to irregular movements of the horse. In this case, we recommend our clipped Duplo models which partially absorb the rotation.
It is also important to trim the hoof correctly before shoeing it and to clinch the horseshoes thoroughly; the quality of these two work steps contributes enormously to the durability of the horseshoe.


Is it possible to remove the bar?
Generally, it is possible to remove the bar without affecting the stability of the horseshoe. However, we recommend not to do so. When the frog is supported by the bar, not only the walls, but the complete hoof is evenly charged. Thanks to the flexibility of the elastic rim, less mud and pebbles get stuck in a Duplo Horseshoe than in a traditional horseshoe. Picking out the hooves gets a lot easier!

Is it possible to use Duplo Horseshoes in case of thrush?
Some farriers raise concerns over shoeing thrush horses with Duplo because Duplos are closed over the frog and don't let fresh air circulate in the problematic area. However, it is possible to modify the horseshoe in such a way that there is a free space at the central groove and the posterior part of the collateral grooves so you can medicate them correctly. According to our experience, hardly any horse develops thrush while being shoed with Duplo and those who are already affected usually get better. If your horse suffers from thrush all the same, this is often due to unhygienic boarding conditions - but the exception proves the rule.


Is it possible to use Duplo Horseshoes in case of spavin, suspensory injuries, arthrosis etc.? Which Duplo model is the most helpful?
We can't give a global answer to such questions because there are too many aspects to consider. It is only possible for your on-site farrier to reasonably evaluate the situation. But we still try to help even from a distance - simply arrange a telephonic consultation appointment with Master Farrier Stephan Becker.

How durable are Duplo Horseshoes?
If the horseshoe is correctly and carefully applied to the hoof, its durability is the same as for a regular horseshoe. If the Duplo isn't too worn down after a regular shoeing period and the metal inlay still is in good shape, you can use the same horseshoe more than once.

Latest Update: 2018-02-09