The Correct Application of Duplo Horseshoes
We have compiled the most frequent questions about the correct application of the Duplo Horseshoe and hope you benefit from the answers. Otherwise, simply contact the Duplo Team!
How do I determine the correct Duplo size for my horse?
On our info page about sizes and shapes, we explain what to consider when measuring the hooves and how to choose a fitting Duplo Horseshoe.
How is it possible to prevent the horseshoes from twisting 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 partially absorb the rotation. 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.
Is it possible to remove the bar?
Generally, it is possible to remove the bar without affecting the stability of the horseshoe. 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 rim, less mud and pebbles get stuck in a Duplo Horseshoe than in a traditional horseshoe. Picking out the hooves gets a lot easier!
Is it possible to 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 such 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.
Is it possible to use Duplo Horseshoes in case of spavin, suspensory injuries, arthrosis etc.? Which Duplo model is the most helpful?
We can't give a global answer to such questions because there are too many aspects to consider. It is only possible for your on-site farrier to reasonably evaluate the situation.