At this point, we’d like to explain how a normal Duplo Horseshoe is correctly used. We recommend watching our video instruction about the shoeing. If there are still questions, please contact the Duplo Team!
The Preparation of the Hoof
The preparation of the hoof is quite similar to the preparation before shoeing with traditional metal horseshoes.
The nailing surface of the hoof must be rasped exactly flat!
If the weight-bearing surface of the hoof wall is uneven or shortened more than the sole, there will be augmented pressure on the sole. The hard knobs of the Duplo Horseshoe can not impress and the shoe will not be protected against torsion. There is no hot fitting application and thus the trimming must be precise.
The Preparation of the Horseshoe
After choosing a horseshoe that fits to the hoof size, cut it roughly into shape with the nippers or cutting tools. Careful – it is not possible to undo over generous cuts! After that, the horseshoe is brought to perfection with a hand grinder or a belt sander. The animation shows how much of the plastic material can be removed without weakening the shoe.
Please also add a toe rocker to the shoe, it will improve breakover. A bevel at the posterior end of the shoe will reduce the risk of forging.
The Duplo Horseshoe can be nailed with the same nails as traditional horseshoes as long as the nail head can not slip through the nail hole. We use e.g. type E, ESL, VF and M.
The shoe is now put upon the hoof and positioned with two or three nails. If you do not drive these nails through the hoof wall completely you will be able to adjust the shoe in a small range. When everything is correct, drive the nails completely and add the remaining ones. According to our experience, six nails are thoroughly sufficient to hold the shoe.
The correct finishing of the nail is extremely important in order to protect the shoe against undesirable displacement or torsion. First, pinch off the part of the nail that sticks out of the hoof wall. The nail should be flush with the wall afterwards. Then use the clinch groover to make a hollow just below the nail hole in the hoof wall.
Drive the nail into the hoof even further with some forceful hammer strokes onto the head of the nail while the clinch block directs the overlaying end of the nail away from the hoof wall.
This overlaying end of the nail is clipped off at a distance of 2-3 millimeters from the hoof wall and clinched in the usual way. It isn’t necessary to hold against the head of the nail which is usually dimpled in the plastic material of the shoe; if you use the clincher correctly, it is quite unlikely that the nail is driven back.
Use your rasp to smooth the clinched nails and the hoof wall.
The quality of your work becomes apparent about one week after shoeing. If the clinches have not opened until then, the horseshoe generally survives the usual shoeing cycle.
Removing the Shoe
In order to remove a Duplo Horseshoe, we recommend separately removing each nail before taking the shoe off. This is quite easy with a nail puller or narrow pincers which you can additionally grind into the appropriate shape. The handle of the nail pullers can be placed under the heel bar, through the opening, and over the toe piece to facilitate removal in a heel to toe direction.
Please use the intended tools and necessary safety equipment to shoe the Duplo Horseshoe in order to prevent injuries of man and horse.
The careful and correct application of the Duplo Horseshoe can reduce the risk of losing a horseshoe during the regular shoeing cycle and of injuries by sharp edges or open rivets.
Because of the relatively soft material and the beveled edges, there are relatively few injuries in horse herds caused by Duplo Horseshoes. Of course, such injuries can never be completely eliminated.
The Duplo Horseshoe has been extensively tested and is suitable for many different horses and disciplines. However, there are exceptions to the rule: Some horses do not get along with Duplo Horseshoes because of their conformation, gait, or riding discipline.
On wet or slippery ground (e.g. recently mowed grass, wet leaves), the Duplo Horseshoe has the same low friction as a barefoot hoof or a worn down metal horseshoe without studs. It is therefore not recommended for the rapid turns in certain disciplines (e.g. show jumping, eventing, polo). In order to prevent injuries, we recommend additional anti-skid equipment such as studs or spikes and reduced speed if the Duplo Horseshoe is used on slippery ground.