Clipped Horseshoe with Closed Sole Area — Ideal for Padding Material — Duplo

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Clipped Horseshoe with Closed Sole Area — Ideal for Padding Material

Special situations require special measures, and the same applies to horseshoeing.

Typically, the hoof sole remains exposed with a horseshoe. However, there are situations where it is necessary to enclose and protect the sole area of the hoof using a horseshoe with closed sole area and/or padding material.

In these situations, hoof pads made of leather, plastic, rubber, or even felt are often placed between the hoof and the horseshoe.
In our range, you can buy a composite horseshoe with a pre-closed sole area for various applications that require a hoof pad.

Shock-Absorbing Composite Horseshoe with Integrated Hoof Pad — Photos

Clipped horseshoes with open and closed sole area.

In comparison: clipped horseshoes with open and closed sole area.

shapes of horseshoes with closed sole area

Our horseshoe with closed sole area is available in oval, round and STS shapes.

clipped horseshoe with closed sole area in different degrees of hardness

Our clipped horseshoe with a closed sole area is available in both the slightly harder Extra version and the softer Standard version.

Customizing an alternative hoof protection for use with padding to fit the hoof

If you have a model with a completely closed sole area, you can easily drill one (or more) holes in the closed sole area if needed, allowing excess padding material to escape.

glue-on horseshoe with pink hoof padding material

Horseshoes with closed sole area are also suitable for glue-on application. However, make sure that the padding material does not seep out laterally, as this could negatively affect the stability of the adhesive bond.

modification accessories and composite horseshoe

With the help of our modification accessories, you can modify a shoe with an open sole area into a model with a closed sole area. You have the choice between a fully closed sole and a grid sole.

Application and Safety Guidelines when Shoeing with Padding Materials — VIDEO

Please refer to our general safety instructions for application and use of our products. Please also consider any safety information and manufacturer's instructions for the padding material.

Shoeing Instruction

Whether you intend to use the shoe with integrated hoof pad as a therapeutic shoeing solution or utilize the closed sole area for improved protection against snowballing or to protect the hoof sole from small stones, proper application is crucial. Ultimately, any product is only as good as its user.

With the necessary knowledge of correct barefoot trimming and proper nailing and riveting of a horseshoe, or gluing for a glue-on shoe, along with some craftsmanship, you can generally work effectively with our products.

However, there are some aspects you should consider when using a composite shoe. For this purpose, we have compiled a general shoeing guide for you.

Please make sure that excess padding material can escape to avoid any unwanted pressure on the hoof.

Shoeing Instruction

Application as Therapeutic Shoe

With expert knowledge, the model with a closed sole area is suitable for supportive use in orthopedic and therapeutic applications.

Please note that our products are not intended to diagnose or cure diseases. We advise close collaboration between horse owners, hoof care professionals, and potentially local veterinarians for any usage with therapeutic or orthopedic intentions.

Gluing a Composite Shoe to the Hoof

Padding Material for a Glue-On Shoe

Of course, it is also possible to glue-on a horseshoe with a closed sole area.

For a glue-on application, it's crucial to ensure that the padding material does not protrude laterally towards the glue-on tabs. Otherwise, it could negatively impact the stability of the adhesive bond between the tab and the hoof.

Since our horseshoe with integrated hoof pad is equipped with quarter clips, we recommend using the Wolf Busch® glue-on tabs for its glued application. Even if you remove the quarter clips, it is not possible to achieve a stable weld seam in this area. Cut through the glue-on tabs and place the largest tab in front of the quarter clips, the other two behind them. For further information on successful glue-on application, please refer to the product information of the glue-on tabs.

Appropriate Padding Material

When you have choices, you have dilemmas: There are various padding materials available on the market.

The right padding material for your horseshoe depends on various factors.

  • Shall the horseshoe provide reliable protection against stones for a sensitive hoof sole?
  • Should the horseshoe provide more support to the frog and the hoof sole?
  • Is the padding solely intended for complete sealing to prevent very muddy snow from getting under the shoe and freezing or causing snowballing?
  • Should the closed sole with padding material, provide better pressure distribution?
  • Should the padding material cover a wound and have a disinfectant effect?

Depending on the reason you've chosen our model with closed sole area are and the function you want the padding material to serve, various padding materials are available to you:

  • Raw wool
  • Tow (coarse, short interweaved fibres of flax, hemp or jute)
  • Silicone packing material
  • Polyurethane hoof pads (PU filling) in various Shore hardnesses

In principle, you can use all the padding materials listed above in our horseshoes with closed sole area.

Depending on the shape and size, the horseshoe may feature either a fully closed sole area or a grid sole.

If you are using a kneadable or liquid padding material, we recommend cutting a small hole in the fully closed sole area. This allows excess padding material to escape through the hole, preventing unwanted pressure on the hoof.

Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to go into detail on the various applications and specificities of each padding material.

The correct choice and proper application of the hoof padding material are the responsibility of the local farrier. Please refer to the instructions provided by the manufacturers of the padding material for all aspects relevant to your safety and the horse's health.

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Using a Clipped Horseshoe with Closed Sole Area as Winter Horseshoe

Our composite horseshoes have (almost all) an integrated synthetic debris guard, which in winter should serve a similar function to a snow insert. In theory, thanks to the debris guard, the snow should fall off the horseshoe and not freeze on it. This way, the dangerous snowballing is largely avoided.

However, unfortunately, there are situations in which simply nothing seems to work, and it's not possible to prevent snow accumulation, becoming a risk for both the horse and possibly the rider.

Hoofprint in the snow

Possible Reasons for the Debris Guard not Working Properly

It may be that the snow insert doesn't have enough room to move and remove the snow from the horseshoe or shoe. Depending on the shape of the hoof, this may occur at the beginning of the shoeing period or develop over time as the hoof grows.

On the other hand, it could simply be that the snow is too slushy, and consequently, the "snow ball" under the hoof can become larger.

In unfavorable weather conditions, very slushy snow, or for hoof shapes unsuitable for the debris guard, the best solution ultimately is to use a horseshoe with a closed sole area. With the help of the closed sole area and suitable cushioning material, the entire area is completely sealed to prevent snow from penetrating and balling up.

In this case, we consider a kneadable or liquid padding material to be the most suitable, as it typically spreads very reliably over the entire area under the hoof. This is the only way it can largely prevent snowballing, even in very slushy snow.

Product Features

Model clipped horseshoe with closed sole area
Brand Duplo
Article Number 170, 171, 460, 461, 850, 950
Function alternative hoof protection, concussion absorption, use with padding material, closed sole area, integrated hoof pad
Riding Styles and Disciplines u.a. leisure riding, trail horses und orieenting, western disciplines, dressage, driving, gaited horse riding, baroque riding, ground work, cross-country riding, working equitation
Admission for Tournaments Our horseshoes withare approved for various tournaments.
For more information please contact the respective association (e.g. AQHA, DWA, FEIF, FN, OEPS, VFD, VWB).
Therapy Shoe / Rehab The model is also suitable for supportive use in the orthopedic and therapeutic field.
We expressly point out that our products do not diagnose or cure any diseases and advise for any use with a therapeutic or orthopedic background to work closely with the hoof specialist or veterinarian on site.
Horse Breeds a.o. Warmblood, Thoroughbred, Draft horse, Quarter Horse, Paint Horse, Haflinger, Icelandic Horse, Arabian, Friesian, Andalusian, Hanoverian
Shoeing can be applied with nails, glue, or casting hooks
Shoeing Instruction can be found under FAQ → Instructions
Safety Advice can be found under FAQ → Safety Information
Made in Germany
Available Shapes round, oval, STS
Sizes Round Shape 102mm, 106mm, 110mm, 114mm, 118mm, 122mm, 126mm, 130mm, 134mm, 138mm, 142mm, 146mm, 150mm, 154mm, 158mm, 162mm, 166mm, 170mm
Sizes Oval Shape 98mm, 102mm, 106mm, 110mm, 114mm, 118mm, 122mm, 126mm, 130mm, 134mm, 138mm, 142mm, 146mm, 150mm, 154mm, 158mm, 162mm, 166mm
Sizes STS Shape 102mm, 106mm, 110mm, 114mm, 118mm, 122mm, 126mm, 130mm, 134mm, 138mm, 142mm, 146mm, 150mm, 154mm
Size Interval in 4mm steps
Sizing Based on the shape of the hoof and the widest part of the hoof (after appropriate hoof treatment) or, in a pinch, also based on the horseshoe size that has fit so far. In the section FAQ → Sizes and Shapes, you will find a free template.
Hardness Degrees Standard / Extra
Season all year round
Temperature During the cold season we recommend the Standard horseshoes.
At higher temperatures the Extra horseshoes have proven their worth.
Weight depending on the size from 182g – 574g
Länge depending on the size — for details please visit FAQ → Sizes and Shapes
Width the respective size in mm
Thickness 15mm
Knob Arrays The knobs are impressed into the weight-bearing surface of the hoof wall and help the horseshoe keep its position on the hoof during the regular shoeing cycle.
Metal Inlay The metal inlay contributes to the durability of the horsehorse and helps to avoid unwanted pressure on the hoof.
Urethane Cover Benefit from the concussion absorption powers of the urethane sheath.
Bar made of Urethane Material Can improve the blood circulation of the horse's hoof.
Nailing Slots Depending on the size, 6 to 8 nailing slots are integrated into the metal inlay.
Nail Size The ideal nail size varies depending on the hoof situation and size — you can find a general recommendation in our store at the hoof nails.
Quarter Clips The quarter clips facilitate the nailing process and help avoiding twists and displacements of the horseshoe during the regular shoeing period; in case of the STS models, the quarter clips are placed a little bit further towards the heels compared to the other shoes
Sole Area Closed sole area with integrated hoof pad
Depending on the shape and size of the horseshoe, you can get aversion with completely closed sole area or a grid sole.
Toe Area round and oval shape: regular
STS shape: slightly straightened toe area
Profile Regular profile — you may add a more aggressive, thicker profile yourself.
Anti-Skid Protection For additional traction you may add spikes to your horseshoe — also known as quick studs; when riding, you always have to adapt the speed appropriately to the ground and ride with reduced speed on slippery ground.
Risk of Injuries in Herds Minimized risk of injuries in herd situations and in case of irregular movements in comparison to a metal horseshoe or the sharp-edged border of a bare hoof - please also read our safety information.
Hoof Mechanism The flexible urethane material encourages the mobility of the elastic hoof structures.
Customizing with an angle grinder, belt grinder, nippers or toeing knife
Modifications (at your own discretion) more or less wide
Breakover You may easily adjust breakover by bending or grinding.
Accessories among others Wolf Busch Glue-on Tabs®, Glue-on Collars Pro and Easy, Wedges, Colored Stripes, Cast Hooks
Packaging Unit by the piece
Quantity Discount from 20 pieces per size (article number)
Exchange and Return Possible under certain preconditions within 3 months within the EU.
For returns from outside the EU please contact the Customer Service Team.
For further details please look at FAQ→ Service & Conditions
Shipment worldwide; deliveries to France, Switzerland and Canada are carried out by our our country representatives

Tips and Tricks:


Sheep's Wool

We use sheep's wool as padding material whenever the application allows it. On one hand, sheep's wool is 100% natural and environmentally friendly; on the other hand, lanolin has moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties.

It is important that the wool is only gently cleaned and otherwise left in its natural state.

Due to Sandy Frank owning their own small flock of sheep, which is located next to our company premises in the Bavarian Forest, we are naturally close to the source. Perhaps there is also a possibility for you in your area to obtain untreated sheep's wool as padding material?!

Other Horseshoes with Closed Sole Area

In our online shop, you can currently buy various horseshoes with a closed sole area.

  1. The described composite shoe with a metal core, shock-absorbing urethane coating, and closed sole area for use with padding material.
  2. A pure urethane horseshoe without a metal core.
  3. Our open-toed horseshoes, which have proven particularly effective for use as laminitis shoes, all feature a grid sole.

Further detailed information about the various horseshoes with closed sole area can be found in the respective product descriptions. Of course, our customer service team is also available to provide guidance and assistance.

Several urethane horseshoes with integrated hoof pad are lying in front of a tree stump.

Application in Case of Thrush

When using a horseshoe with a closed sole area and padding material, you must consider that the shoe may negatively affect existing thrush.

We therefore recommend treating any thrush appropriately first before using a horseshoe with closed sole area. Especially if a horse is prone to thrush or if the thrush has just healed, it is important to prevent dirt from getting under the shoe. This should be taken into account when choosing suitable padding material.

Prejudices Regarding Thrush in Urethane Shoes with Integrated Frog Support

Due to the fact that most urethane and composite horseshoes are closed over the frog, limiting air circulation to the affected areas, some farriers have general concerns about using these horseshoes in cases of thrush. The pathogens causing decay then find ideal conditions in the absence of air circulation. Depending on whether other conditions favoring thrush are present, the thrush could then spread more easily.

If you have concerns because your horse is prone to thrush, we can reassure you to some extent.

Of course, one cannot generalize, but experience shows that very few horses develop thrush while using our composite horseshoes. There are even reports of horses that have shown improvement in their condition.. And ultimately, thrush is often the result when poor external conditions (wet bedding, damp weather, muddy paddocks) and inadequate hoof care coincide. Other factors such as poor horn quality or insufficient blood circulation in the hoof can also contribute to thrush. The latter is an argument for using a composite horseshoe with frog support, as it can improve blood circulation in the hoof.

Treating Acute Thrush

The treatment options for thrush are diverse. There are various home remedies for treating thrush. From vinegar to tea tree oil to even toothpaste, you can find a lot of comments about this in various forums.

Many swear by the use of hydrogen peroxide or copper sulfate solution, which is pressed into the central sulcus with a soaked cotton ball.

To better treat an existing thrush, modify the crossbar of the shoe before nailing or gluing it so that it leaves a space over the frog grooves.

Please note that this modification applies to the use of a regular horseshoe without closed sole area. In cases of severe thrush, it may be necessary to involve a veterinarian to avoid potential complications.

Composite shoe modified over the frog grooves


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