Durability of Duplo Horseshoes
How durable are Duplo Horseshoes? When do I have to replace a horseshoe? Is it maybe even possible to reuse it? Take a look at our answers to these and further questions about abrasion and durability! However, please don't forget that it is always the on-site farrier who finally decides as there are many surrounding conditions that we cannot generalize.
Standard or Extra?
There are two lines of Duplo models which differ in the hardness of their synthetic material. The Standard models are made from relatively soft synthetic material. They are recognizable by their knob inlays in orange color. The Extra models are made from a slightly harder material than the Standard models. They are recognizable by their knob inlays in green color.
Which horseshoe is better for your horse depends not only from his individual preferences but also from the temperature: The softer synthetic material of the Standard models stays flexible during the cold season and keeps its shock-absorbing characteristics; the harder material of the Extra models, on the other hand, is more immune to heat and remains abrasion-resistant even during higher temperature.
Is it necessary to replace the horseshoe as soon as the metal inlay is visible?
No! The cross section of the Duplo Horseshoe shows that - even if the metal inlay is visible - the core functions of the horseshoe (hoof protection and shock absorbance) are still given. However, the risk of injuries in the herd may increase depending on the condition of the horseshoe.
Your horse is wearing Duplo Horseshoes for the first time?
Some horses need a short period of familiarization during the transition from a conventional metal horseshoe to a composite horseshoe. A horse whose musculosceletal system and mechanics have adapted to the sliding behavior of metal horseshoes may shortly be confused because of the reduced sliding range of the Duplos. This may in turn lead to an abnormal abrasion during the first shoeing period with Duplo Horseshoes.
Can a Duplo Horseshoe be used more than once?
Yes. However, we cannot generalize this statement because the abrasion strongly depends on the individual use and movements of the horse.
If the metal inlay is visible at the end of a shoeing period, we generally don't recommend another application. However, the final decision if a horseshoe is reusable or not is always made by the farrier on-site.
By the way: A "used" Duplo Horseshoe has a different sliding behavior than a new horseshoe - comparable to older winter tires who don't have the same grip as new ones any more!
If you decide to reuse a horseshoe, please make sure to straighten it before shoeing. Otherwise, an unevenness developed in the previous shoeing period might now cause tension and pressure on the sole.
NEW: Particularly Solid Duplo Horseshoes
On our platform Duplo Innovations, we have launched a new Duplo model: the Duplo Heavy Duty Shoe. It was conceived for "big and strong" horses. In addition to its particularly solid metal inlay, the HDS has a thicker synthetic layer on its bottom side in comparison to regular Duplo models. That way, it takes longer for the horseshoe to wear down even in case of increased abrasion caused by intensive use.
Recommendation: Storage as Abrasion Protection
A recommendation by Hubert Frank for all those who are en route a lot - during endurance rides or long trail rides, for example - and demand a great deal of their Duplo Horseshoes with regard to abrasion resistance: We always store the horseshoes for 3-4 weeks after production in order to guarantee the usual abrasion protection. Those who have the option can buy their horseshoes in advance and store them at home. That way, the abrasion resistance is additionally improved!