General Glueing Instruction for Duplo Horseshoes

Duplo Horseshoes were conceived as nailed hoof protection. However, if the hoof wall is damaged and the horseshoe cannot be nailed or if you don't want to use a nailed hoof protection out of conviction, you can use Duplo Horseshoes without nails. There are various glue-on systems available in our online shop!

Preparing the Hoof
The preparation of the bare hoof is the same as before any other shoeing and has to be done professionally.

Preparing the Duplo Horseshoe

  • Choose a Duplo Horseshoe that matches hoof size, hoof shape and intended use.
  • Use an angle grinder or belt grinder to adjust the horseshoe to the hoof shape. Leave a protrusion of 1mm where the glue-on tabs will be placed.
  • Remove all knobs in order to achieve form closure.

For further information, please take a look at our shoeing instruction and our safety information.

Welding the Glue-On Tabs to the Duplo Horseshoe

  • We recommend marking the correct position of the tabs on the horseshoe.
  • Slightly preheat the initial welding area until the synthetic material starts glistening.
  • Position the horseshoe at 90 degrees to the glue-on tabs. Make sure that the tabs don't reach the profiled area of the horseshoe and that they don't exceed the bottom edge of the horseshoe.
  • Slowly but constantly roll the horseshoe over the glue-on tabs.
  • Deliberatly mark the starting and terminal point by a bit more pressure.
  • There should be a small glassy ridge visible along the complete welded edge.

Checking the Fit

  • Slide the horseshoe on the hoof from the toe towards the heels. If necessary, you can strut the tabs a little bit apart.
  • The horseshoe should now be fixated enough to be finely adjusted.

Further Adjusting the Horseshoe

  • Round the welded edges off towards the bottom side of the horseshoe.
  • Add a lateral bevel on the hoof side of the horseshoe in order to reduce the risk of forging.

Final Preparations

  • Roughen the hoof wall with abrasive paper (grain size 80-120).
  • Degrease the hoof wall below the coronet and the inner side of the glue-on tabs.
  • We recommend Multifoam for degreasing (an universal, unique, all-purpose foam spray for cleaning and degreasing). Alternatively, you can use isopropanol of 99%.
Careful: Don't use acetone (e.g. break cleaner fluid) for degreasing the hooves!

Recommendations for Glueing

  • Take notice of the final strength of the glue (about 24h).
  • High air humidity (rain, fog) doesn't compromise the glueing process.
  • If the glue is left open for too long, it will start hardening due to the air moisture and won't be as reliable as usual.
In case of variations in temperature:
  • We recommend the winter glue in case of temperatures below 10°C (50°F).
  • The summer glue isn't as reliable in case of temperatures below 5°C (40°F); the secure adhesion of the glue-on tabs on the hoof cannot be ensured.


  • Wear gloves and respect the safety information for the glue you use.
  • Make another person lift the horse's opposing hoof so the horse will keep still.
  • Glue each tab individually.
  • Strut the tab apart from the hoof wall and apply glue around the edge. Add a cross and four dots.
  • Evenly apply pressure to the tab with two fingers, starting from the bottom, for about 10-15 seconds.
  • When at least four tabs are glued on (two in the very back of the inner and outer side of the hoof, respectively), the horseshoe is well enough fixated on the hoof even if the horse moves.
The horseshoe doesn't stay in its position when the horse puts its hoof down?
Option 1: Indirect Glueing
Slightly roughen the hoof side of the Duplo Horseshoe with abrasive paper and put some glue along the weight-bearing edge of the hoof. Then you press the horseshoe against the hoof in its ideal position for about 10-15 seconds. That way, the horseshoe is well enough fixated not to get out of place when the horse puts its hoof down. Afterwards, you can glue on the tabs on the put-down hoof as usual.
Option 2: Glueing on the Lifted Hoof
Glue the first two tabs on while the hoof is lifted; afterwards, you continue glueing with the hoof put down.
Option 3: Glueing on a Hoof Stand
If the horse keeps still in this position, you can position the hoof on the hoof stand while glueing.

Seal the top edge of the glue-on tabs with some glue.

Removing the Horseshoe

  • Hoof Knife: Carefully cut through the compound layer between hoof and tab with a hoof knife, starting from the top.
  • Pincers: Shoe pullers and hoof/nail nippers are very suitable for removing the glue-on tabs. Grab the top part of the tab with the pincers and simply pull the tab from the hoof.
  • Hoof Rasp: Rasping the glue-on tabs off easy but a little bit more time-consuming.
Please note: The information and instructions we offer are always the norm; please consider them as general recommendations. Of course, they may differ in individual cases, depending on the horse and its hooves. The application of our products is therefore always at the discretion of the local farrier.
Latest Update: 2023-02-22