Hoof Protection without Nailing — the Nailless — Duplo

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Hoof Protection without Nailing

Are you looking for an adhesive shoe for your horse? Then you are in the right place! With the different glue-on iron shoes and glue-on plastic shoes available, it is important to find out which hoof protection is the right one for your horse.

The reasons why you decide for a glue shoe can be various, e.g. out of conviction if you generally do not want to nail on a horseshoe.

Especially if you would prefer to run your horse barefoot but the horse does not get along with bare, a glued horse shoe can be a good alternative to standard metal horseshoes.

The reasons why a horse needs a hoof protection can be various - it may be, for example, that the horse

  • walks sensitively on hard ground,
  • tends to quickly develop a hoof ulcer,
  • has a hoof disease requiring a horseshoe, or
  • suffers from arthrosis, so additional shock absorption can bring relief to the horse,
  • and much more.
Orange and green Nailless Horseshoes are ideal for gluing.

However, the decision to use an adhesive shoe can also be made out of necessity, due to the general condition of the hoof, for example if the hoof wall is damaged and it is therefore no longer possible to nail on a hoof protection - be it a conventional horseshoe, a pure plastic shoe or a composite shoe.

Applying a Nailless urethane horseshoe to the hoof with green Wolf Busch glue-on tabs

Regardless of the motivation for choosing an alternative hoof protection in the form of adhesive shoeing, whether you do the adhesive shoeing yourself or have your horse glued by your barehoof trimmer or farrier - our recommendation is the Nailless.

Thanks to its combination of metal and "plastic", the Nailless - like all our shoes - offers various advantages for the horse's hoof. For a long time we had to fight with prejudices that the "rubber horseshoes" are no good - thanks to the development work of the last decades, fortunately a statement that belongs to the past. Many hoof specialists and horse owners are now convinced of the advantages of our horseshoes.

  • The plastic, which is injected around the metal core like a kind of jacket, has shock-absorbing properties and is therefore gentle on the horse's musculoskeletal system.
  • The metal core stabilizes the hoof exactly in the area of the bony structures.
  • The healthy hoof benefits from the mobility of the plastic because it stimulates the hoof mechanism instead of restricting it.

Although our shoes are no medical products and cannot cure hoof diseases, the targeted application of a composite shoe in coordination with the hoof technician and/or veterinarian, e.g. in the context of an therapeutic shoeing, can support the recovery process of the horse.

Alternative Hoof Protection without Nailing - Photos

The round Nailless fits most front hooves.

If you want to create an adhesive shoe yourself, we recommend the Nailless. The round shape is usually suitable for the front, the oval for the back hooves.

Adjusting a composite Horseshoe with the help of the belt grinder

The adjustment of the Nailless to the hoof is a decisive factor for a reliable adhesive shoe. Be careful not to inhale grinding dust when grinding.

Plastic-welding a synthetic horseshoe and glue-on tabs

Using our welding device and with a little skill, you can easily make your own glue shoe out of shoes and a rubber tab like the "Wolf Busch", "Easy" or "Pro".

Glue-shoe made from a Nailless and glue-on tabs

The welding device helps to achieve even and stable welding seams. We recommend slightly rounding the welding edges towards the bottom side.

Glue-shoe - an alternative hoof protection

Once you have welded the adhesive tabs to the horseshoe, we recommend checking to see if a glassy bulge is visible along the entire seam.

Adhesive iron as riding shoe - glue-on shoe on hoof from below

As with any hoof protection, check daily for secure fit and undamaged condition of the adhesive iron and check all tabs for proper fit before riding.

Nailless Extra after nipping off the sprues

The sprues produced during production are "pinched off" by hand. They are later further processed into regranulate material. This protects our resources.

Nailless with soft knob arrays

The Nailless is our recommendation for an adhesive shoe that offers both shock absorption and stability and can be optimally welded to the various tabs.

Nailless Standard and Extra - the softer and the harder version

There are two degrees of hardness. These can be compared with car tires - Extra as the summer tire and Standard as the all-season/winter tire.

Application and Safety Instructions - VIDEO

Whether during farriery or later in the paddock or while riding: There are certain safety advices and injury hazards that we need to make you aware of. Our safety instructions are not only for the hoof workers but also for the horse owners and riders. Please follow them to avoid injuries to humans and horses.

Especially if you want to glue a horseshoe, you also have to observe the safety instructions of the adhesive used. You will find these in article description when you buy the glue directly from us.

Step-by-Step Video Instruction for Adhesive Hoof Protection using the Wolf Busch Glue-On Tabs (formerly RB-Carbon) as an example

Whether it is a horseshoe or a glue shoe, whether conventionally made of iron, pure plastic or just our composite glue shoe - the right hoof preparation is the key.

Especially if you want to glue a hoof protection, the bare hoof treatment - above all the plane rasping of the hooves - as well as the adjustment of the shoe to the horse's hoof are crucial. Using a permanent maker, you can sketch on the shoe which areas you need to grind away. Grinding can then be done easily with an angle grinder or belt grinder. Please be careful not to inhale any grinding dust. If you don't have a grinder at hand, the shoe can also be adjusted with a hammer and a chopping blade. The hoof protection should exceed the hoof by approx. 1mm in the area where the adhesive tabs will later be welded on.

Video: The Correct Application of the Glue-On Tabs Wolf Busch

Step-by-Step Instruction for Glued Hoof Protection using the Wolf Busch® Adhesive Tabs (formerly RB-Carbon)

Special Instructions for the Use of the Nailless as a Cast Shoe

The big advantage of shoeing such a special cast shoe with our composite shoe, cast hooks and cast bandage is that the cast bandage doesn't cover the bottom surface of the horseshoe. This means that the cast will not be worn off so quickly. Usually, a cast shoe is not used as a riding shoe; it is most often used when the horn capsule needs to be absolutely immobilized and stabilized. With this type of hoof protection, it is important that the coronary band and the heel bulbs remain uncovered!

If you want to use the Nailless as a cast shoe, please note the instructions for working with the cast bandage. Of course, you can also buy the cast from us.

Video: Correctly Applying a Cast Shoe

Step-by-step Instruction: Alternative Hoof Protection - a Cast Shoe made of composite shoe, Cast Hooks and Cast Bandage

Reliable Hoof Protection in Different Seasons

No matter whether you use a glued or nailed hoof protection, a normal horseshoe, a plastic shoe or even hoof boots - on wet meadows, muddy paths or in extreme cases on ice and snow, you have to take special safety precautions and choose the right material. A Standard shoe (orange dots) can usually be used all year round, but is not as abrasion-resistant in the summer as an Extra shoe (green dots). In summer, at higher temperatures, we therefore recommend the Extra shoes, whether as nailed or glued hoof protection. In winter, on the other hand, we do not recommend using the Extra models, as some horses slip more quickly with these plastic shoes at lower temperatures. For more information on anti-skidding and riding in the winter, please see the FAQ section → Anti-Skid Protection.

You can achieve additional anti-skid protection for your glued shoe by adding an increased profile or by using spikes. Basically, for safety reasons, you must also adapt your riding style and speed to the terrain and the season.

Video: Composite Horseshoes as an Alternative Hoof Protection in Winter

Alternative Hoof Protection in Winter

Necessary Adjustments when using the Nailless

In order to achieve the ideal form closure required for a glued hoof protection, the soft knobs of the Nailless must be removed before you start the plastic-welding process. The Nailless was developed specially for the use as a glue-on shoe or cast shoe. Even though this model is also equipped with nail holes, the Nailless is not suitable as a purely nailed shoe because the softer knobs won't protect it against twisting out of position on the hoof.

Difference between a regular horseshoe with knob inlay and a Nailless
Removing the knobs from the horseshoe before gluing
The horsehoe can be modified with an angle grinder.

Product Features

Model un-clipped horseshoe without knob arrays - ideal as a glue-on shoe or in combination with a cast bandage and cast hooks
Brand Duplo
Additional Title Nailless
Article Number N100, N101, N410, N411
Function hoof protection, shock absorption, stimulation of the hoof mechanism
Riding Styles and Disciplines among others: leisure riding and orienteering, endurance, western riding, dressage, gaited horse riding, baroque riding, ground work, cross-country riding, working equitation
Admission for Tournaments Our shoes are approved for various tournaments. For more information please contact the respective association (e.g. AQHA, FEIF, FN, FISE, SVPS).
Therapy Shoe 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, Quarter Horse, Paint Horse, Haflinger, Icelandic, Arabian, Friesian, Andalusian, Hanoverian
Shoeing Glued shoeing and cast shoeing as well as a combination of nailed and glued, but no purely nailed hoof protection!
Shoeing Instruction can be found unter FAQ → Instructions
Safety Advices can be found under FAQ → Safety Information
Made in Germany
Available Shapes round / oval
Sizes Round Shape 114mm, 118mm, 122mm,126mm, 130mm, 134mm, 138mm, 142mm, 146mm, 150mm, 154mm, 158mm
Sizes Oval Shape 114mm, 118mm, 122mm,126mm, 130mm, 134mm, 138mm, 142mm, 146mm, 150mm, 154mm, 158mm
Sizes STS not available
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 shoes; at higher temperatures the Extra shoes have proven their worth.
Weight depending on the size from 220 up to 369g
Length depending on the size - for details please visit FAQ → Sizes and Shapes
Width the respective size in mm
Thickness 15mm
Knob Arrays model without separate knob arrays
Solid Metal Inlay The metal core contributes to the durability of the shoe and helps to avoid unwanted pressure on the hoof.
Plastic (Synthetic) Cover The soft plastic cover has a shock-absorbing effect.
Plastic Rim The molded synthetic lip - similar to a snow grip - reduces the amount of snow and debris accumulated.
Nail Holes depending on size, 6 to 8 nail holes integrated into the metal core
Bar made of Plastic Material can improve the blood circulation of the hoof
Side Clips un-clipped version
Sole Area open sole area
Toe Area regular
Profile regular profile - you may increase the profile yourself
Anti-Skid Protection For additional anti-skid protection you may use spikes. When riding, you always have to adapt the speed appropriately to the ground and thus ride with reduced speed on slippery ground.
Risk of Injuries in Herds minimized risk of injuries in herds and in case of irregular movements in comparison to a conventional hoof protection or the sharp-edged border of a bare hoof - please also read our safety information
Hoof Mechanism The flexible synthetic material encourages the mobility of the elastic hoof structures.
Adjustment to the Hoof with an angle grinder, belt grinder, nippers or toeing knife
Modifications (at your own discretion) more or less wide, extend, convert into a model with closed sole area
Toe Rocker you may bend or grind a toe rocker
Accessories among others: Wolf Busch glue-on tabs, extensions, synthethic grid plate, synthethic plate, wedges, colored stripes, cast hooks, glue, Megafoam, welding device
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
Packaging Unit sold in pieces
Quantity Discount from 20 pieces per shape and size (Article No.)
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

Every product is only as good as its user. It is therefore our concern to offer you the best possible support around the application of our products. This applies not only to the small tips on the application of our products, but also to the tools and accessories required for this. On our website, you will find instructions for glued shoeing application as well as the necessary hoof cleaner, glue and our welding device. Of course, our Customer Service Team will also be happy to provide you with further information.

The Right Size and Shape

You are not sure what hoof shape your horse has or you do not know exactly what size you need? For this purpose you may print out the template for our composite horsehoes.

Template for Composite Horseshoe
Protection of the hoof sole with a closed horsehoe model

Shock Absorption and Protection of the Hoof Sole

If you need a glue shoe that provides shock absorption but at the same time protects the sole because your horse walks on the sole or even goes lame because of the sole being too thin, you can modify the Nailless into a hoof protection with a closed sole using our plastic plates or you can use another closed model with side caps. If you decide to use a clipped shoe for a glued hoof protection, we recommend the Wolf Busch (former RB-Carbon) tabs.

Uniform Welding Seams

To create a glue shoe, we recommend using a welding pad or our welding device. We have two different welding devices in our assortment - the standard welding device, which can also be conveniently mounted on the anvil or hoof stand, and the mini welding device - the smaller version of our welding device. Both versions are compatible with a Steinel hot air gun, e.g. the Steinel HL 1920 E.

Plastic-welding a composite shoe with Wolf Busch glue-on tabs by means of the welding device

The experience of our customers has shown that glued hoof protection can also be an advantage for horses which, for example, can no longer hold up the hoof for so long due to age, or which are very sensitive due to arthrosis and then find one of the gentler types of shoeing, such as gluing, more pleasant. The additional shock absorption of the plastic coating is a great advantage of our shoe, especially in the case of arthrosis.

Successful Glueing

The Nailless can be plastic-welded with all the glue-on tabs in our range; both the Wolf Busch® tabs (former RB-Carbon) and the Pro and Easy adhesive collars. No matter what gluing system you use, the important thing is that it is a realiable hoof protection and the horse doesn't keep losing a shoe. Successful gluing depends on many factors - so how do you play it safe with your glue-on shoe? In addition to the right size and fit to the hoof, there are three other crucial factors:

Test the welding seams of your glue shoe before shoeing!

Stable Welding Seams

The welding seam should be even and thus stable; a small glassy bulge should be visible along the entire length at the welding edges. Once the seam has become cool, we recommend a tear test. Don't worry - no matter how hard you pull on the tab, the forces acting on the horse's hoof will be many times greater. Should the tab give way during your tear test, the shoe would not last long on the hoof. If you are planning to apply a glued hoof protection for the first time or if you would like to practice plastic welding, you can buy a practice kit from us.

Final Preparations

We recommend roughening the hoof wall with sandpaper before gluing and then degreasing the glue-on shoe as well as the hoof wall below the coronet band. For this purpose, we recommend the multi-purpose cleaning spray Multifoam.


You can buy different adhesives from us, with which we have had good experience depending on the surrounding temperature. When gluing, be sure to also observe the safety instructions and the final hardness of the adhesive used. When gluing, less is more - spread one tab at a time, outline it with glue and make a cross and four dots in it. It is not helpful to "drown" the entire tab in glue. Once you have applied the adhesive, press the tab evenly with two fingers from bottom to top for about 10 to 15 seconds. When all the tabs are fixated, you should seal the outer edge of the tabs with some adhesive. You can find detailed step-by-step instructions under FAQ → Instructions.


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