Can every horse be shoed with Duplos Composite Horseshoes?
With their metal inly and its synthetic plastic cover, Duplo Composite Horseshoes combine the advantages of the two materials for the hoof; they are therefore appropriate for a large number of horses. There are, however, some restrictions regarding the use of the horse – some disciplines still are better off with traditional horseshoes – and its size: Unfortunately, there aren’t Duplos available for very small or extremely large hooves.
Can I use Duplo Composite Horseshoes for Gaited Horses?
Basically yes – every horse is happy about a comfortable horseshoe! Having said that, there are two additional items 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 item 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)!
Which Duplo sizes are available?
At the moment, there are about 20 different sizes from 98 mm to 170 mm (measured at the widest point of the hoof). Combined with their round or oval shape, there is a fitting horseshoe for almost every horse. Check our online shop to see which model is available in which size!
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 of the horses walk on clouds after this initial period.
Is it possible to remove the bar to pick out the hooves?
Generally, it is possible to remove the bar; the stability of the horseshoe won’t be affected. 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 lip in the orange Standard models, less mud and pebbles get stuck in a Duplo Composite Horseshoe than in a traditional horseshoe. Picking out the hooves gets a lot easier!
How can I avoid that the horseshoes twist 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 absorb the rotation at least partially.
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.
How durable are Duplo Composite 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.
Can I 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 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.
Can I use Duplo Composite Horseshoes for Spavin / Suspensory Injuries / Arthrosis / …? Which Duplo model should I use?
We can’t give you a global answer to such questions because there are many important factors 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 in Germany, USA Farrier Dr. Katie Curry (406) 930-0357 or Canada Farrier Caro Lucas (403) 625-4797.