Economical Alternative Hoof Protection with Quarter Clips and Increased Profile — the "Basic"

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Affordable Horseshoes at Any Price vs. Price Optimization Without Any Loss of Quality

It was a long way to our current composite horseshoe. For a long time we have developed, tested and further refined and we are sure that this path has not come to an end yet. There are always new factors that we have to adapt to - be it climate change, warmer temperatures, volatile winter conditions, etc., to name just a few.

In addition to all the further development and optimization, it is also a concern of ours to be able to offer the most economical composite horseshoe possible. An alternative hoof protection which, like all our composite shoes, combines the advantages of conventional metal horseshoes and those of pure plastic shoes while remaining as cheap as possible.

Looking for ways to optimize the price in order to offer a cheap but high quality hoof protection, it was clear to us: Two aspects in which many manufacturers aim to reduce costs are absolutely out of the question for us! This is on the one hand a production site in Asia and on the other hand the search for a cheap material. It is important to us to keep control of all production steps and to protect the jobs in our region!

The proper material is of immense importance for alternative hoof protection. In this area we do not undertake any risky experiments. Cheap hoof protection without quality is not an option for us. We had to work on other points so that we can offer you the Basic horseshoe as our economical model at a cheaper price.

Affordable composite shoes made in Germany by farriers for farriers
Economical composite horseshoes - Basic Standard clipped and profiled

Zinc Coating

The quarter clips and the metal core are not galvanized and can therefore rust more easily. But since this is only a purely visual disadvantage that has no effect on the quality of the horsehoe, we decided to take this step in favor of a cheaper price.


Since we have concluded in the last years that our clipped horsehoes are usually sufficiently protected against a twisting or slipping on the hoof, the Basic shoe is produced without knob arrays.

Grinding the Quarter Clips

We do not grind the quarter clips of this model. To prevent injuries, the farrier must grind them on site.

Always remember that the quarter clips of the Basic horseshoe must not only be adjusted to the hoof angle as usual, but must also be grinded prior to use.

Alternative Hoof Protection at a Reasonable Price – Photos

Farrier tools and economical hoof protection - the Basic

Our composite shoe can be handled with the same farrier tools as a conventional metal horseshoe.

Reasonably priced composite shoe with quarter clips and increased profile - hoof side of Basic Standard and Extra

In the case of the less expensive Basic shoe, an abbreviation on the hoof side indicates the degree of hardness: Std for Standard, Ex for Extra.

Cheaper alternative hoof protection while working with the belt grinder

The adjustment of the Basic is quickly done with the help of a belt grinder. Make sure that you do not inhale any grinding dust.

Nailing the more affordable Basic model to the hoof

The nail holes are integrated into the metal core. Thus, the nails have a secure hold even during irregular movements.

Last steps in shoeing on the hoof - use of the nail cutters

You can also buy the pliers needed for shoeing in our online store.

Clinching - alternative horseshoes with quarter clips and increased profile for additional grip

Proper clinching of the nails is important to prevent the shoe from twisting or shifting on the hoof.

Application and Safety Instructions - Particularities when Using the Basic - VIDEO

If you work as a farrier and have the necessary expertise in hoof treatment and the proper nailing and clinching of a horseshoe or gluing an adhesive shoe, you can work well with our products. Nevertheless you have to consider certain aspects while doing this.

In order to avoid injuries to humans and horses, it is important that you read and follow our safety advices when working with our horsehoes or respectively when using our products.

Shoeing Instruction – Nailed Application of a Composite Horseshoe

In our video on the shoeing instructions, Stephan Becker shows the correct nailed application of our horsehoes - this of course also applies to our cheaper Basic model.

If you have decided to use the Basic model, please remember that you have to grind the quarter clips in order to avoid injories.

Video: Shoeing Instrution - Nailed Application of a Composite Horseshoe

Shoeing Instrution - Nailed Application of a Composite Horseshoe

Gluing Instruction – Glued Hoof Protection

Usually for a glued hoof protection one uses an un-clipped horseshoe. However, as always, there are situations where it makes sense to use a clipped horseshoe. In this case we recommend the cheaper Basic: Due to the fact that this horseshoe has no knobs, you save the step of manually removing them.

If you have decided to use the Basic model, please remember that you have to grind the quarter clips in order to avoid injuries.

Video: Gluing Instruction: A Glued Composite Horseshoe

Gluing Instruction: A Glued Composite Horseshoe

The Composite Shoe and its Advantages for the Horse's Hoof

Even though the Basic has been slimmed down in some beauty aspects in favor of a cheaper price, it has the same functionality as our other horseshoes.

The plastic cover has a shock-absorbing effect and thus protects the horse's sensitive tendons and ligaments. The metal core provides stability in the area of the bony structures of the hoof. And the plastic bar provides ground contact and can thus improve blood circulation in the hoof. Take a few minutes of your time for our animation video - a picture usually says more than 1000 words.

Video: Advantages of a Composite Horseshoe

Advantages of a Composite Horseshoe

Special Instructions for a Clipped Horseshoe

The clips - whether they are quarter clips or toe clips - are an advantage for a reliable hoof protection, but of course they also entail certain risks if they are not properly handled and monitored.

Always remember to grind the clips of the Basic before the shoeing process and later adjust them properly to the hoof wall. Protruding quarter clips are always a risk of injury. Please also note our safety instructions regarding the regular inspection of the horseshoe and, of course, also of the quarter clips.

Product Features

Model Clipped and Profiled Horseshoe without knobs at a more favourable price
Brand Duplo
Additional Title Basic
Article Number 2150, 2151, 2440, 2441
Function alternative hoof protection, shock absorption, stimulation of the hoof mechanism, save money
Riding Styles and Disciplines among others: leisure riding and orienteering, western riding, dressage, driving, gaited horses riding, baroque riding, ground work, cross-country riding, working equitation
Admission for Tournaments Our composite horseshoes are approved for various tournaments.
For more information please contact the respective association (f.ex. FEIF, FN, AQHA, APHA, VFD, DWA).
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 nailed shoe, glued shoe or cast shoe
Shoeing Instruction can be found unter FAQ → Instructions
Safety Information can be found unter FAQ → Safety Information
Made in Germany
Available Shapes round / oval
Sizes Round Shape 114mm, 118mm, 122mm, 126mm, 130mm, 134mm, 138mm, 142mm, 146mm
Sizes Oval Shape 114mm, 118mm, 122mm, 126mm, 130mm, 134mm, 138mm, 142mm, 146mm
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 template for our composite shoes
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 between 235-390g
Length depending on the size - for details please visit FAQ → Sizes and Shapes
Width the respective size in mm
Thickness 15mm
Knob Arrays without knobs
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 Snowgrip® - reduces the amount of snow and debris balling up
Nail Holes depending on the size, 6 to 8 nail holes integrated into the metal core
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.
Bar made of Plastic Material can improve the blood circulation of the hoof
Quarter Clips The quarter clips facilitate the nailing process and help avoiding twists and displacements of the horseshoe during the regular shoeing period. In order to avoid the risk of injuries you have to grind them before using the shoe.
Stud Inserts without stud inserts
Sole Area open sole area
Toe Area normal
Profile increased profile
Anti-Slide Protection For additional anti-slide protection you may use spikes. 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; the quarter clips must be monitored.
Hoof Mechanism 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, synthetic grid plate, plastic plate, wedges, colored stripes, cast hooks
Packaging Unit in pieces
Shipment worldwide; deliveries to France, Switzerland and Canada are carried out by our our country representatives

Tips & Tricks – Successful Hoof Protection with the Basic

Our goal is to support both the farrier and the rider in daily life in the best possible way.
If you miss any information around the application of our horseshoes and accessories on our website, just contact us!

The Correct Size and Shape of your Horseshoe

You are not sure about the hoof shape of your horse and you do not know exactly which size of horseshoe you have to buy?
The Basic model is available from size 114mm to 146mm in round and oval shape. To ease your search for the right size, we provide you with a printable template.

Free template for round and oval composite horseshoes
Modification: Widening a composite shoe with the help of pliers.

Modifications of a Composite Horseshoe

As a rule of thumb, the round shoes fit the front hooves, the oval shape the hind hooves. Of course, there are always situations in which no horseshoe really wants to fit.

With a metal horseshoe, you are used to the farrier forging it into the right shape at any time. The good news is: It is also possible with our shoes to shape the hoof protection with a bit of skill (at your own discretion). You can make it more or less wide. We recommend using a small vice or pliers for this purpose.

Adding an Additional Protection against Forging

We have already heard from some customers that the problem of "losing a shoe" has become a thing of the past with the switch to our composite horseshoe. But sometimes nothing really helps and the horse still always manages to pull off a shoe. When we are approached by customers that their horse is constantly losing a shoe, we first look at how the adjustment of the shoe was made. Sometimes one or the other thing can still be optimized here.

Adding an additonal protection against forging on the bottom side of the horseshoe can help in these situations. Thanks to the additional incision in the heel area, the composite shoe gives way more easily and it is less likely for the horse to pull the shoe off.

Modifications: Adding an additonal protection against forging for horses who always manage to pull of a shoe.
Anti-Slide Protection: Quick Studs (Spikes) and a suitable adapter for plastic horseshoes

Anti-Slide Protection

The Basic is a clipped and profiled horseshoe. The anti-slide effect of the profile is roughly comparable to a hiking shoe compared to a normal sneaker. Should you require more grip you may add quick studs (spikes) to your horseshoe. The quick studs are similar to the tungsten carbide pins of the metal horseshoe and are attached with the help of a battery-powered screwdriver with a spike adapter.

Also with additional anti-slide protection - always remember that you must adapt the speed to the ground and weather conditions. You can also find more information in our safety instructions.

Abrasion and Durability

The right mixture of stability, abrasion resistance and weight is the secret of a good hoof protection. Particularly in the field of horseshoes with a plastic cover, it is important that the plastic used is neither too hard nor too soft and that it does not become slippery on a wide variety of surfaces and at a wide variety of temperatures. And last but not least it it should also be abrasion-resistant. With a few exceptions, our shoes are available in two different degrees of hardness: The Standard horseshoes are made of slightly softer plastic material than the Extra models.

When we talk about the issue of abrasion and durability, however, it is not only the product that matters, but also the horse itself and various external influencing factors.

The Influence of the Horse on the Durability of the Shoe

  • How are its gaits; how does it raise and lower its hooves?
  • Does the horse drag its leg on the ground as it swings, wearing the toe down to the metal part of the shoe or even further?
  • How does the horse behave in the box? Calm or restless?
  • Does it often scrape with its hooves?
  • and much more

External Factors Influencing the Durability of the Horseshoe

  • On which surface do you mainly ride? Asphalt, sand, gravel?
  • What is the condition of the ground in the paddock and in the box?
  • The temperatures - in a very hot summer we often have more problems with abrasion because the ground, especially asphalted roads, also heats up extremely.
Quarter Horse gelding with alternative hoof protection on pasture in autumn

We have many customers who can even use our horseshoes several times. Unfortunately, this is not possible for all. Sometimes, especially in warmer temperatures, it can already help to use the Extra version. In general, we can also state that a horseshoe with a increased profile is a little less abrasion-resistant than a model without increased profile.

If you would like to obtain further information on the subject of abrasion and durability, take a look at the FAQ→ Abrasion and durability section, where we have compiled all aspects for you.

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