Alternative Hoof Protection with Quarter Clips — our Best Seller

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True to the Motto "No Hoof, No Horse", we Focus on a Healthy Horse Hoof

Nowadays, every horse owner knows the "conventional" horseshoe. Anything that is different is often classified as "alternative". We, however, see our product more as a modern high-tech shoe whose history began more than 20 years ago in the Bavarian Forest.

The Duplo composite shoe - the "original" made in Germany, a modern hoof protection that combines the advantages of two opposing materials on the horse's hoof.

Even if we are convinced of the positive influence on hoof growth and the natural hoof mechanism, we will never be categorical advocates of the "alternative" shoeing.

The world is neither black nor white and neither is it in the field of shoeing. Every product - whether it is a horseshoe, a steel shoe, a pure synthetic shoe or our composite shoe - has its function and its justification.

Composite Horseshoe

It is important that the farrier and horse owner work together to find the optimal hoof protection for the individual horse. For our customers, the most frequently chosen product in this case is our "best seller" with side caps.

Nailing an alternative hoof protection with side clips

The Advantages of a Hoof Protection with Quarter Clips

  • The clips facilitate the nailing process because the horseshoe is kept in position even before all nails are placed.
  • During the regular shoeing cycle, they prevent the horseshoe from twisting or getting out of position.
  • In many disciplines, the quarter clips are of immense importance - for example, in jumping, driving or even in reining or barrel racing. I.e. usually whenever a horse has to make tight turns at high speed or in general when strong forces act on hoof and shoe.

What Makes Composite Horseshoes so Special

As the name suggests, this type of hoof protection is a combination - a composite - of the traditional steel shoe and the pure plastic shoe.

The plastic horseshoe has the advantage of being gentle on tendons and ligaments due to the shock-absorbing properties of the plastic material. For this reason, many people also like to use a hoof protection that is beneficial to the joints, e.g. for horses with arthrosis.

The steel shoe, on the other hand, gives the hoof stability; it does not bend as quickly as it can happen with a pure plastic shoe.

The ultimate goal behind the development of our composite shoe is the well-being of the horse. Our goal is to offer a functional hoof protection that impedes the natural hoof mechanism and hoof growth as little as possible and which gives the horse a protected but still close-to-barefoot walking feeling. We like to say that our shoes are a product "from farriers for farriers" because the professional experience as a farrier and the knowledge of horse anatomy formed the basis for the first ideas of Hubert Frank, the inventor and developer of our composite shoe.

The horse's hoof consists of hard (bony) and soft structures (frog, digital cussion, bulbs). This knowledge is the basis for the design of our composite horseshoe.

The solid steel core supports the hard structures of the hoof; the surrounding "plastic" shell protects the soft structures of the hoof without restricting their movements too much.

The bar made of plastic material promotes blood circulation in the frog without restricting him too much in his movement; both central aspects for a healthy frog.

Thanks to the flexible bar made of plastic, the frog is practically in contact with the ground when landing; it can therefore perform its function in the hoof mechanism, but at the same time it is protected from stony ground, for example.

The bony structure of the coffin bone is optimally supported by the solid metal core. The soft structures of the hoof are provided with optimal shock absorption by the synthetic material.
Alternative shoeing encourages the mobility of the elastic hoof structures. The internal structures of the hoof are better supplied with blood due to the flexibility of the shoe.

Alternative Hoof Protection for a Healthy Hoof - Photos

Marking the shape of the hoof on the shoe

We draw the shape of the hoof on the shoe so that we can later adjust it to the hoof accordingly.

Alternative shoeing before grinding

The shoe can be adjusted to the hoof with the help of a belt grinder, angle grinder or also with a toeing knife.

Customizing an alternative horseshoe to the shape of the hoof with the help of the belt grinder.

When grinding the shoe with a belt grinder or angle grinder, be careful not to inhale grinding dust.

Nailing an alternative hoof protection with quarter clips

When nailing on our hrosehoes, please make absolutely sure that the nail head does not fit through the nail hole in the shoe.

Clinching - final work for a nailed hoof protection

The correct clinching of the nails is extremely important in order to protect the horseshoe against displacements or torsions.

Hoof with alternative hoof protection on hand

The target of our alternative hoof protection is to provide the horse with protection and functionality at the same time - for a healthy horse hoof.

Application and Safety Instructions for a Nailed Hoof Protection with Clips - VIDEO

We all sometimes dislike stepping into new territory. But even if the beginning is sometimes challenging, new paths often bring new opportunities. That's how Hubert Frank felt when he started his development work. The result of this new path is a functional hoof protection which you can apply well if you have the necessary knowledge around the hoof treatment and the professional nailing and clinching of a horseshoe or the gluing of an adhesive iron.

Whether you are a farrier or a horse owner: In order to avoid injuries to humans and horses, it is important that you read and follow our Safety Instructions when using our products.

Customizing an alternative shoe composed of a steel core with a plastic shell with quarter clips to the hoof

Why it is so Important to Choose the Right Shape and Size for a Good Hoof Protection...

The right shape and size and then, of course, the proper fit of the shoe to the hoof is the nuts and bolts. If the hoof protection - no matter if it concerns a steel shoe, a plastic shoe, horseshoe or composite shoe - does not fit properly, this can lead to the most diverse problems.

Imagine yourself constantly having to walk with shoes that are too big or too small... Tensions, misalignments, blisters on the feet or even the loss of the shoe when it does not really fit at all, are just some of the possible consequences. The same is possible in the field of in the area of hoof protection. The benefits can only act optimally on the hoof if the hoof protection is optimally adjusted to the individual hoof - and, in reverse, a mismatched shoe can actually cause problems.

Customization of Your Alternative Hoof Protection with Quarter Clips to the Horse's Hoof

The adjustment of the shoe to the horse's hoof is done quickly and, above all, easily on the farrier's joints, for example with the help of a belt grinder. Sometimes this can be a direct relief for the farrier's joints, which are under strain from forging. All information about the correct sizing as well as the customization of the shoe can be found in the section FAQ → Instructions.

If you want to use the shoe as an adhesive shoe, make sure that the shoe exceeds the hoof by approx. 1mm in the areas where you want to weld on the adhesive tabs later on. When using a shoe with quarter clips as a glue shoe, we recommend using the Wolf Busch glue-on tabs.

Adapting an alternative hoof protection to the hoof size
Ideal fit - now only clinching is required.

Special Safety Instructions for a Clipped Alternative Hoof Protection

As with a regular clipped steel shoe, the quarter clips - if not properly treated and "monitored" - can lead to injuries. Therefore, when shoeing, be sure to fit the side caps to the hoof, i.e., match the angle of the clips to the angle of the hoof wall.

The correct and therefore secure fit of the clips, whether they are toe clips or quarter clips, should be checked once a day as well as before each use of the horse.

Shoeing Instructions - Nailed Hoof Protection with Quarter Clips

In our video about the shoeing instruction, the state-certified farrier Stephan Becker shows the correct nailed application of our clipped composite horseshoe. The correct application of our Composite Horseshoe and its accessories is easy if you have the necessary knowledge of and competence in professionally nailing and clinching horseshoes and if you consider certain aspects while doing this. Decisive for a successful hoof protection is of course first of all the professional bare hoof treatment as well as the adjustment of the shoe to the hoof.

If you would like to use the shoe as a glued shoe, you can find the respective gluing instructions in the article description of our adhesive tabs.

Video: Mounting instructions for nailed plastic horseshoes with metal core

Shoeing Instruction

Alternative Hoof Protection in the Form of Composite Shoeing - the Combination of Steel and Plastic Shoe on the Hoof

We have already written quite a bit about the advantages of both types of hoof protection. The stability of the steel shoe and the flexibility of the plastic shoe both have their advantages for the horse's hoof. The combination of both types in a composite shoe has so many advantages for the health of the horse's hoof. Take a moment and watch the whole thing "visually" in our video.

Video: The composite shoe - combining a steel shoe and a synthetic shoe.

The Composite Horseshoe

Product Features

Modell Clipped Horseshoe - our bestseller
Brand Duplo
Additional Title none
Article Number 130, 131, 420, 421, 330, 530
Function alternative hoof protection, shock absorption, stimulation of the hoof mechanism
Riding Styles and Disciplines among others: leisure riding and orienteering, endurance, western riding, dressage, driving, show jumping, eventing, gaited horse 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 (e.g. FEIF, AQHA, APHA, FISE, FN)
Therapy / Rehab 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
Security Advices 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 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 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 from 200g up to 600g
Length 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
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
Debris Guard
the molded synthetic lip acts like a debris guard - similar to a snowgrip®- reduces the amount of snow and debris balling up
Nailing Slots 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 case of the STS models, the side clips are placed a little bit further towards the heels compared to the other shoes
Thread Inserts for Studs without thread inserts
Sole Area open sole area
Toe Area round and oval shape: normal / STS shape: slightly straightened toe area
Profile regular profile - you may increase the profile yourself
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 regularly
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 (former RB-Carbon), glue-on tabs Pro and Easy, extensions, plastic grid plate, plastic plate, wedges, colored stripes, cast hooks
Packaging Unit in pieces
Shipment within Canada - for worldwide shipments please contact the Duplo Team in Germany

Tipps and Tricks - the Clipped Shoe - the Right Choice for (Almost) Every Horse and Field of Application

This shoe with quarter clips is our best seller and therefore the right choice for most horses - nevertheless, depending on the riding technique and individual situation, other features may be important. For this reason, we offer a wide variety of models in our online store, so that there is a shoe for (almost) every horse and every hoof - whether it is a normal shoe with quarter clips and profile or thread inserts or also various special shoes such as our Jumper or the Arizona with a steel border around the toe area. If you are not sure which hoof protection is the right one for your horse, our Customer Service Team will be happy to assist you.

The Right Shape and Size

You are not sure about the shape of your horse's hoofs or don't know exactly what size of clipped shoe you need? For this purpose we have created a printable template for you.

template for horseshoes


If you just do not have the right model at hand, or in case that the size does not fit perfectly, you may modify our clipped horseshoes with a little bit of craftsmanship (at your own discretion) in many different ways:

  • Our shoes can be modified to be more or less wide like a conventional steel shoe. We recommend using a vice or (for smaller sizes) pliers for this purpose.
  • In order to facilitate breakover, you may add a toe rocker.
  • For horses that are always losing a shoe because they make large steps with their hind legs and are (despite all adjustments) prone to forging, you can add an additional protection against forging on the bottom side of the horseshoe.
  • For horses with sensitive hoofes and on very stony ground, we recommend shoes with a closed sole area. To modify a shoe with an open sole into a closed one, we have two different types of plastic plates in our range. You can choose between a fully closed sole and a grid sole.
  • If none of our sizes seems to fit and if you are unable to adjust the shoe to the hoof by widening or narrowing it you may use our extensions (at your own discretion) in order to make the shoe longer or wider.
Modification of a horseshoe: Grinding an increased profile with an angle grinder.
Modification: A pair of pliers can easily be used to widen a horseshoe that is too narrow.
Modification: Plastic extensions can be used to lengthen a shoe that is too short.

You can find more information about the possible modifications of our shoes under FAQ → Instructions.

Anti-Skid Protection

Every shoe from our company generally has a slightly profiled surface - sometimes, however, a little more slip protection is required. On slippery ground (e.g. freshly mown meadows, wet leaves) and in winter we recommend additional slip protection and reduced speed to prevent accidents.

You may use your angle grinder with a coarse-grained grinding disk to make a profiled horseshoe from a regular model. Make sure the ground-off synthetic material doesn't clog the nail holes.

Of course, you can also buy a clipped and profiled shoe. The effect of the profile is roughly comparable to that of a more more strongly profiled hiking shoe compared to the normal sneaker.

Modification: adding an increased profile to the horseshoe with an angle grinder
Spikes improve the slip resistance of the alternative shoe on slippery surfaces.

If this additional slip protection is not sufficient, spikes can be applied to the shoe - similar to the widia pins in steel shoes. By the way, this still works for most horses even when the shoe is already on the hoof.

To install our spikes, you need the appropriate spike adapter. Please note that you can buy both spikes and spike adapters in two different sizes. The slightly larger L-spikes are not suitable for the toe area of the STS models.

If these anti-skid measures are still not enough we recommend our clipped and threaded horseshoes - the favorite model of many of our customers during the winter months.

Abrasion and Durability

In addition to the functionality of the hoof protection, durability is of course also an important aspect. How long a hoof protection lasts - whether a conventional steel shoe, composite horseshoe, hoof boot or a pure plastic shoe - depends not only on the product, but also on the horse and of course on external influences. First of all, of course, you can not make a general statement about the durability of any hoof protection - no matter what kind. A general guideline for a shoeing interval is 6 to 8 weeks, but even here there are there are differences from horse to horse. An endurance rider will have to re-shoe his horse sooner than a leisure rider. The horseshoes of a horse which is constantly pawing with its hooves or dragging its toes when riding will not last that long.

The same applies, of course, to the ground; the abrasion on asphalt is different to that on gravel paths or the riding arena. Here, of course, the temperature also comes as a contributing factor. We all know the phenomenon of hot ground from walking barefoot in the summer; different soils heat up differently. Especially with a plastic hoof protection - no matter if it is a pure plastic shoe, a hoof boot or a composite shoe - the temperature has a big influence on the abrasion behavior.

Almost all of our horseshoes are available in two different degrees of hardness. The Extra shoe is made of slightly harder material than the Standard shoe. While the Standard shoes can be compared to an all-season tire, the Extra shoes are more comparable to summer tires. They remain more abrasion-resistant even in warmer temperatures, but are less appropriate in winter. If you want to learn more about abrasion and durability, take a look at our FAQ section. In the section Durability and Abrasion, we have summarized all information about the durability of our composite horseshoes for you.

Quarterhorse with alternative hoof protection on the pasture
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