Open-Toed Duplo Horseshoes

The different models of open-toed Duplo Composite Horseshoes have been developed in collaboration with Wolfgang Busch for the treatment of chronic laminitis. However, the daily routine has shown that the open-toed models are not only ideal for laminitis hooves but also in case of some other therapeutic indications.

Duplo Composite Horse with open toe area, closed sole area and (depeding on the model) thread inserts for screw studs

Open Toe
The open toe area of the horseshoe promotes an early breakover and minimizes the leverage forces in the toe area of the hoof. Besides, if necessary, you can shorten the toe more considerably than you could with a regular horseshoe.

Anatomically Shaped Bar
The front bar is shaped exactly like the dorsal rim of P3. Contrary to a straight bar, there won't be any painful punctual pressure exerted on the rim of P3 if the horseshoe is correctly placed on the hoof.

Solid Metal Inlay
The metal inlay of the open-toed Duplo horseshoes is extremely solid and torsion-resistant. The branches of the horseshoe stay in their position and support the hoof exactly where it's necessary.

Checking the fit of an open-toed Duplo Composite Horseshoe on a recently trimmed hoof

Integrated Synthetic Grid Sole
Every open-toed Duplo model is equipped with an integrated synthetic grid sole and can be used with liquid or kneadable padding material. Spare padding material can exit through the holes of the grid and won't exert uncomfortable pressure on the sensitive sole.

Please note: If you are using the open-toed Duplo horseshoe as a glue-on hoof protection, please make sure that none of the padding material exits at the side and touches the glue-on tabs - otherwise, the glued connection may be damaged.

Weight Reduction
The weight of an open-toed Duplo horseshoe (without quarter clips and screw threads) is below that of a regular reversed horseshoe without bar and with a light inserted synthetic sole. Both the musculoskeletal system and the hoof wall benefit from the reduced weight.

Anti-Slide Protection
The bottom surface of every open-toed Duplo model is slightly profiled in order to ensure its anti-slide protection. However, the application of studs may be necessary in certain situations. That's why we have developed a model with two solid thread inserts in the heel area.

Adjusting an open-toed and clipped Duplo Composite Horseshoe to the individual hoof with hammer and anvil

Secure Fit
Depeding on the model, two quarter clips make sure the horseshoe doesn't leave its position on the hoof.

Flexible Nail Holes
The rectangular nail holes are positioned at 90 degrees to the white line. That way, you can place the nails further towards the center or the rim of the hoof and individually react to irregular hoof shapes.

Thanks to the generous overlap of synthetic material around the metal inlay, the open-toed Duplo horseshoe can easily be adjusted to the individual hoof shape by means of an angle grinder or a belt grinder. Grinding an additional toe or heel rocker is possible as well.

Selection of various open-toed Duplo Composite Horseshoes
If you want to use the open-toed Duplo for the treatment of chronic laminitis, we urgently recommend participating in an advanced training course and collaborating with the responsable veterinarian. Each horseshoe is only as good as its user!
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: 2022-10-14