Open-Toed Horseshoes with Integrated Grid Sole

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Open-Toed Horseshoes - Support in Rehab Cases, Laminitis and Therapeutic Shoeing in General

The nightmare for every horse owner: Laminitis.
A topic that Wolfgang Busch has delved into very intensively for years.

We are glad to have him on board as a specialist developer and innovator. In collaboration with Wolfgang, we developed the open-toed horseshoe several years ago, which has since been used for many horses with chronic laminitis, as well as various other diagnoses.

Wolfgang Busch, the developer of our open-toed hoof protection, has thoroughly studied the topic of laminitis.

Special Features of our Open-Toed Horseshoes

  • The open toe area of the horseshoe promotes an early breakover and minimizes the leverage forces in the toe area of the hoof.
  • The front bar is shaped exactly like the dorsal rim of P3.
    Like this, there won't be any painful punctual pressure exerted on the rim of P3 if the horseshoe is correctly placed on the hoof.
  • Every open-toed shoe 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.
  • Usually, in rehab cases or diagnosis like laminitis, for example, often there is no need to protect the horseshoe from twisting on the hoof; however, if this should be a concern, you can buy a clipped open-toed shoe.
  • Thanks to the generous overlap of synthetic material around the metal inlay, the open-toed horseshoe can easily be adjusted to the individual hoof shape.
Open-toed composite shoe, colloquially also known as laminitis shoe - a comparison of the hoof side and bottom side
clipped open toe shoe with integrated grid sole
the versions of open-toed horseshoes with integrated grid sole

Our Range of Open-Toed Horseshoes - a.k.a. Laminitis Shoe

  • Open Toe Horseshoe with Integrated Grid Sole - without additional equipment
  • Clipped Open Toe Horseshoe with Integrated Grid Sole - the clips help protect the shoe from twising on the hoof
  • Clipped and Threaded Open Toe Horseshoe with Integrated Grid Sole - The ground surface of all open-toed shoes is slightly profiled, making the models inherently relatively slip-resistant. However, in certain situations, the use of studs may be advisable even for an open-toed shoe. For such cases, there is a threaded model available.
    If you are using the open toe shoe with studs, please consider our safety guidelines regarding the use of studs.

Open-Toed Horseshoes - Photos

open toe horseshoe, open toe horseshoe with clips and open toe shoe with clips and threaded inserts lie in the gras

The open toe shoes are often referred to as laminitis horseshoes due to their use in cases of laminitis. We offer an un-clipped a clipped , as well as a clipped and threaded version.

Modifying the open-toed composite shoe with a hammer for use in cases of laminitis

In cases of laminitis, the rotation of the coffin bone can lead to a highly arched sole. To relieve pressure on the deeper coffin bone, the central bar can be modified.

adjusting the open-toed plastic shoe with a metal core, grid sole, and clips to fit the horse's hoof

Especially with therapeutic shoeing, such as in the case of chronic laminitis, achieving optimal fit and customization to the hoof is crucial.

open toe glue-on horseshoe

If you intend to glue-on the open-toed horseshoe, we recommend to use our welding device to achieve stable welding seams.

glueing an open-toed horseshoe to a hoof

In combination with our open-toed shoe, the Wolf Busch® adhesive tabs work best. Especially in cases of laminitis, a glue-on shoe can be a good alternative.

urethane open toe horseshoe with padding material

The advantage of the integrated grid sole is that excess padding material can escape easily through the grid.

a hoof and a composite shoe with cast hooks before the application of the cast bandage

A clipped open-toed horseshoe, prepared with cast hooks before applying the cast bandage.

bottom view of a hoof shod with a cast shoe made of an open-toed horsehoe, cast hooks and a cast bandage

The advantage of our 'cast horseshoe' is that the outsole of the shoe is not covered by the cast bandage.

lateral view of a hoof shod with a cast shoe made of an open-toed horsehoe, cast hooks and a cast bandage

Please be careful - the coronary band and the heel bulbs must remain uncovered of the cast bandage.

Open Toe Horseshoes - Glue-on, Nail-on and Cast Application Instruction and Safety Information - Video

When using our open-toed horseshoes please pay attention to our safety instructions. Our products are not intended to diagnose or cure any medical condition. Nevertheless, the targeted application of a composite shoe, in coordination with the farrier and/or veterinarian, for example, as part of therapeutic hoof care, can support the recovery process. If you intend to use the open-toed shoe for the treatment of chronic laminitis, we strongly recommend participating in a training course and collaborating with the responsible veterinarian.

The Advantages of Composite Horseshoes in case of Therapeutic Shoeing

A composite shoe combines the benefits of a traditional steel shoe and a pure plastic shoe in one horsehoe.

The metal parts of the open toe composite shoe are very stable and thus resistant to torsion. They support the hoof precisely where it is necessary. The surrounding plastic shell acts as a shock absorber, thereby partially relieving the sensitive tendons and ligaments of the horse.

Video: Function and Benefits of a Composite Horseshoe

Function and Benefits of a Composite Horseshoe

A significant advantage, especially in therapeutic shoeing, is the lower weight of the open-toed composite shoe compared to a steel shoe with a central / front bar and a synthethic insole. The reduced weight relieves both the musculoskeletal system and the hoof wall. Additionally, our 'all-in-one' product eliminates the need for elaborate forging work to customize the shoe to the horse's individual needs.

Nailed Application of Open Toe Horseshoes

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.

In our general shoeing guide, Stephan Becker explains the basic application of our shoes.

Video: Nail-on Shoeing Instrution for Composite Horseshoes

Nail-on Shoeing Instrution for Composite Horseshoes

Glued Application of Open Toe Horseshoes

If you intend to glue-on a horseshoe and use padding material, avoid excess padding material protruding laterally: Contact between the adhesive tabs and the padding material could compromise the stability of the glued connection between hoof and glue-on tabs.

An area where we prefer to glue-on an open-toed horseshoe is, for example, in the case of chronic laminitis. Wolf Busch® adhesive tabs work particularly well for gluing an open-toed horseshoe.

Video: Wolf Busch Glue-on Tabs

Glue-on Application Guide

Cast Application of Open Toe Horseshoes

If you cannot nail nor glue a horseshoe, and the hoof capsule needs to be completely immobilized and stabilized, a cast shoe might be an alternative.

The advantage of our solution for a cast shoe is that the outsole of the urethane shoe is not covered by the cast bandage. This usually extends the durability of the cast shoe. The application of the open-toed horseshoes combined with cast hooks and bandage has demonstrated its effectiveness numerous times.

Video: Application Guide - Cast Hooks

Application Guide - Cast Hooks

Every Product Is Only As Good As Its User

The correct application of our composite shoes and 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.

In the field of therapeutic shoeing, for example, in cases of laminitis, every detail usually matters.

Therefore, we advise that when using our horseshoes as supportive therapeutic shoeing, especially in cases of chronic laminitis, you attend relevant training courses and further education, and closely collaborate with the local veterinarian.
We strive to provide you with as much information and tips regarding the application of our horseshoes. However, all the information provided by us can never replace the direct evaluation of the horse and its hooves by the on-site professional, to decide, what kind of shoeing is necessary for the horse.

Product Features

Model Open Toe Horseshoe with Integrated Grid Sole
Brand Duplo
Additional Title laminitis horseshoe, open-toed horseshoe, founder shoe
Article Number 730, 740, 750
Function (alternative) hoof protection, shock absorbtion, supportive as therapeutic shoeing, for example in the case of laminitis (founder), integrated grid sole for use with padding material
Riding Styles and Disziplines Most often, a horseshoe like the toe-open is not intended for use as a riding shoe, especially when apllied with cast hooks and bandage. Of course, our toe-open shoe (nailed of glued-on) is generally suitable for riding when the horse's situation allows for it. However, this applies more to leisure riders than high-performance sports.
Rehab & Therapy Shoe The open-toed shoes are 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 under FAQ → Instructions
Safety Advice can be found under FAQ → Safety Information
made in Germany
Shapes round
Sizes 110mm, 114mm, 118mm, 122mm, 126mm, 130mm, 134mm, 138mm, 142mm, 146mm, 150mm, 154mm, 158mm, 162mm, 166mm, 170mm
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.
Season all year round
Weight depending on the size and version from 230-650g
Length depending on te size - for details please visit FAQ → Sizes and Shapes
Width the respective size in mm
the respective size in mm 15mm
Knob Arrays Our open toe horseshoes do not have any knobs.
Solid Metal Inlay The metal core contributes to the durability of the open toe shoe and helps to avoid unwanted pressure on the hoof.
Synthetic Cover The soft synthethic cover has a shock-absorbing effect.
Synthethic bar with metal core The open-toed horseshoes have a metal bar that provides additional stability and restricts the mobility of the hoof capsule in the heel region.
Sole Area The open toe shoes have a closed sole area. The integrated synthetic grid is suitable for use with padding material.
Quarter Clips (depending on the version) Facilitate the nailing process and help avoiding twists and displacements of the open toe shoe during the regular shoeing period.
Toe Area open toe area
Thread Inserts for Studs (depending on the version) For additional traction, you can buy a clipped and threaded open toe horseshoe. Please pay attention to the safety instructions regarding the use of studs.
Thread Size (Heels) up to size 130mm: M8
from size 134mm: M10
Profile regular profile
Anti-Skid Protection For additional anti-skid protection you may use spikes or buy the threaded version; when riding, you always have to adapt the speed appropriately to the ground and ride with reduced speed on slippery ground.
Nailing Slots Depending on the size, 6 to 8 nail holes integrated into the metal core.
Thanks to the metal core, the nail head cannot slip through the nail hole.
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.
Risk of Injuries in Herds Minimized risk of injuries in herd situations and in case of irregular movements in comparison to a steel shoe or the sharp-edged border of a bare hoof - please also read our safety information; the quarter clips must be monitored regularly.
Adjustment to the Hoof with an angle grinder, belt grinder, nippers or toeing knife
Breakover you may bend or grind a toe rocker to adjust breakover
Accessories among others Wolf Busch® glue-on tabs, cast hooks and bandage, instant adhesive, studs, spikes
Packaging Unit sold in pieces
Shipment within Canada - for worldwide shipments please contact the Duplo Team in Germany

Tips & Tricks - What Are Your Experiences With the Open-Toed Horseshoes

Laminitis, issues concerning the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) or its accessory ligament, chronic navicular syndrom, pain in the area of the coffin bone, palmar foot pain, or else... The application areas for the various specialized shoeing methods and types of horseshoes available on the market are diverse and their use should always be discussed individually in close collaboration with the farrier and/or local veterinarian.

Even though every hoof situation is unique in its own way and it's not possible to provide remote diagnoses, it is often invaluable, especially in these specialized areas, to be able to exchange information with others.

We have already received many positive testimonials regarding the use of our open-toed horseshoe in cases of chronic laminitis. However, laminitis shoeing is not the sole application area where the supportive use of our open-toed shoes has proven its worth. We would appreciate it if you could leave us a review at this point, providing others with the opportunity to benefit from your experiences.

veterinarian using a hoof examination forceps when suspecting laminitis
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