We understand that as a new user to the Duplo Composite Horseshoe you may have a hoof that is difficult to determine the correct size or shape. You can send us a picture through email or text along with a tape measure on the length and width of the hoof. The plastic welding is done with a heat gun that has a reducing tip. Refer to the contact page for more information. NO RETURNS ON CUSTOM BUILD.  

Edit or Universal shoe with application of glue on tabs on the toe to cover medicated toe.

Expansion of a round shoe.

Glue on tabs applied to the Open Toe Shoe.
170 mm shoe replaced with a 158 mm expanded shoe.
Removal of steel shoes and shaping of the Duplo Composite Horseshoes to match. (Coffin joint irritation was the reason for Duplo application.) Horse responded well.

Modified shape of a round shoe with glue on tabs plastic welded on.

Casting hooks, EDSS sole impression material with sensitive regions removed, casting on acute laminitis, and finished product.

Modification for a miniature Combined Driving VSE and show mini. Duplo selected for concussion protection driving on paved roads.

From our European farriers:

Text and Images: Sabine Firnhaber

The Glue-On Shoe is a relatively new product which facilitates fastening the Duplo Horseshoe directly onto the hoof without having to nail. In case of laminitis, I can use the Duplo with its positive effects (e.g. stability, shock absorbance, floating toe) and attach it to the hoof without pain.

Preparation of the Laminitis Horseshoe

I use a special technique to prepare the regular Duplo Horseshoe for laminitis horses. You can see the toe area ground down. This makes sure that the painful area in front of the frog apex and around the weight-bearing surface of the toe is discharged.

Additionally, and if there is enough material, you can adjust the toe to make the void between toe and horseshoe even larger.

I prepared these horseshoes for a mare who, additionnally to her laminitis, has problems with her tendons and ligaments. That’s why I continued modifying the Duplo Horseshoe. I tried to imitate a “Rock‘n‘Roll” Horseshoe by grinding the sole of the Duplo with an angle grinder. This way, the mare has a nice breakover and sidewards movements are easier for her.

Connecting Glue-On Shoe and Duplo

I used a hot air gun to “weld” the Glue-On tabs to the Duplo. The synthetic material liquidates and both parts join to be one. If you take a look at the bottom side of the shoe after grinding the welding seam, you will see that the two synthetic materials have completely connected.

Glueing the Duplo to the Hoof

Slide the hoof into the Glue-On Shoe and put the hoof down. If the shoe fits, glue one tab at a time to the hoof with superglue. This is quite a quick procedure and the Duplo is securely fastened to the hoof after three tabs. If the horse moves inadvertedly after that, it’s no problem.

As soon as all tabs are glued on, spread additional glue around the tabs. After that, the glue-on shoe is finished and the horse can immediadely use it without restrictions!

Finished Glue-On Shoe

It is clearly visible how the Duplo supports the laminitis hoof in its heel region. The hoof floats in its toe area. It may seem on the photo as if the hoof was set back, but that’s an optical illusion. In the side view, it’s clearly visible that it’s rather the shoe that is set back a little bit!

By using the Glue-On Shoe in combination with the Duplo, I can perfectly respond to the specific problem.

If an intense laminitis makes it necessary, it is possible to screw a Dallmer Laminitis Wedge below this construct.

The glued-on shoe is as long-lasting as a nailed-on shoe.

If the horse steps on one of the shoes and rips it off, there’s an additional advantage to the system: Either the glue will detach or the glue-on tabs will disrupt, but the hoof wall won’t be damaged. That’s why I use this system for my thoroughbred mare who often steps on one of her front shoes and rips it off. This way, she still has a nice and solid hoof.

To remove the horseshoe, I use a blunt knife to remove one tab at a time from the hoof. That’s quite easy and comfortable for the horse.

Usually, the Glue-On Shoe is not affected being removed. I often use the shoes more than once when the Duplo is not deformed or heavily worn off.

Text and images: Claudia Bockermann

There’s this pony of 33 years who has had several laminitis attacks over the last few months. Recently, his ACTH levels were diagnosed as 300 times as high as usual… and his hoof shape is less than suboptimal.

I made his laminitis Duplo from a Standard Duplo of 102mm. I used a small standard saw to remove the bar and an angle grinder to adjust the shape. The metal layer is now less large than originally; I also shortened and rounded the toe area. I added a lot of paddiing material to the heel area to relieve the hoof. I used a slim leather pad to avoid losing the padding material. I used glue-on tabs in the toe region as a “bolt” to avoid slipping through.

The construction is far from perfect, I’m still working on it – but the pony was able to walk with his new shoes. We hope that the repeated attacks and the rotation of P3 stop with Prascent and that some day, we’ll get a normal hoof shape once again.

Text and images: Dr. Tina Gottwald

It is possible to adapt Duplo Synthetic Horseshoes to many different needs by reshaping the metal inlay. In this article, I’d like to show you how to make a size 85 mm from a regular size 98 mm. I used these shoes for my shetland pony on a 300 km trail in the Swabian Jura (Germany) and on a 32 km endurance drive.

Result: A great hoof protection for small ponies!

It’s quite difficult to find fitting shoes for small ponies with hooves less than 10 cm wide. Of course there are metal horseshoes in these sizes, but there’s also a way of using modern synthetic horseshoes and their advantages for ponies.

Duplo Horseshoes are the most frequently used synthetic horseshoes – and I think there’s a reason for that result! Many horses love them, the shoes are robust and abrasion-resistant and very comfortable to work with, e.g. without pre-drilling nail holes.

Another advantage of Duplo Horseshoes, compared to other synthetic horseshoes, is that you can extensively reshape them thanks to their metal inlay. For my shetland pony, I did an extreme reshaping by reducing an original Duplo of 98 mm to a mere 85 mm.

The shoes have to be considerably reduced in their width as well as in their length.


1) Remove the bar. The Duplo now looks like a regluar horseshoe without frog support. This is quite easy with a jig saw. Don’t throw away the removed part of the shoe!

2) Cut off the rubber lip. Don’t throw it away either!

3) Place the Duplo in a bench vise and bend it until you have reached the width you need.

4) Shorten the branches to the length you need with the jig saw.

5) In order to get back the frog support for the shetland pony, you recreate a bar. To do so, you grind the border of the branches and the cut-out bar so the bar fits exactly between the two branches. Heat all surfaces with a hot air gun and weld the pieces together. If there are small voids left, you can use small pieces of the rubber lip to fill them.

You can either glue or nail the finished horseshoe. In this case, I used nails. The pony had these shoes for a trail ride of 310 km in the Swabian Jura (Germany) and for a endurance drive of 32 km a week later. The shoes fitted perfectly, the pony was very comfortable with them.

The smallest size you can get from a Duplo Horseshoe is limited by the length of the metal inlay. I suppose the minimal width will be 75-80 mm. But for those extremely small ponies with their tiny hooves, the shoes are probably too massy anyways. A pure synthetic horseshoe without metal inlay (e.g. Hippoplast size 85 mm) is better for them. You can also saw and weld them.

Of course you can also use this technique to adjust Duplo Horseshoes for larger horses (or donkeys or mules), e.g. if they have extremely oval hooves that are usually only suitable for metal horseshoes.