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Imagine your horse becoming his own teacher and finding inner harmony. The SURE FOOT Program gives you the tools to offer your horse this profoundly meaningful experience of self-learning. SURE FOOT is a unique and innovative program, which uses the SURE FOOT Equine Stability Pads. It's easy to learn. If you can safely pick up a hoof you can do SURE FOOT. You can give your horse the chance to change his posture, behavior, and movement while improving his balance, confidence, and performance in just a few minutes. More importantly, SURE FOOT will show you that, when given a voice, your horse will become engaged, present, and ready to work.
Created and developed by Wendy Murdoch, SURE FOOT's effectiveness is acknowledged by owners, veterinarians, equine professionals, trainers, trimmers, and farriers around the world. The Program uses SURE FOOT Equine Stability Pads, designed by Wendy, specifically for horses. Your horse has an opportunity to experience his own habitual patterns and find ease when standing on SURE FOOT Pads. Watch as he shifts from anxious to calm, and from calm to a deep state of relaxation. Even more amazing is these improvements last long after the horse walks off the Pad. Greater relaxation means, less stress, easier to train, greater freedom of movement, more resilience to the environment, and greater wellbeing.
SURE FOOT Pads vary in density from Hard to Soft, providing a wide range of pattern variation for your horse to experience. The SURE FOOT Pads challenge your horse’s balance, activate proprioception, work the small postural muscles, and creates awareness. The degree of difficulty depends on the Pad density and number of hooves placed on Pads. Once the horse is familiar with SURE FOOT the pattern can be varied on any given day depending on the horse’s condition, medical history, and desired effect.
WARNING: Before using SURE FOOT Equine Pads with your horse familiarize yourself with the SURE FOOT Program by watching the SURE FOOT® Quick Start Guide and reading the guidelines supplied with your pads. Always consult your veterinary before use.
HARD Pink Slants are angled with the same properties as the Hard Orange SURE FOOT Pads.
Choose HARD SLANTS from the SURE FOOT Equine Stability Pads range to:
+Change joint angles
+Heel high orientation
+Use under front or hind hooves
+Useful for long toe, low heel hooves
FIRM Green SURE FOOT Pads challenge balance with a moderately unstable surface.
Choose FIRM SURE FOOT Equine Stability Pads when your horse is :
+Experienced with HARD or the Physio Pads
+Warming up and/or cooling down
+In need of general relaxation and softness
We are not sure of all the ways in which SURE FOOT Pads affect the nervous system in the horse. Clearly there are a wide variety of receptors being affected and brain chemicals released as evidenced by the visible signs; eyes softening, licking and chewing, deep breathing, relaxation, neck lowering, etc.
We are not sure at this time exactly how standing on SURE FOOT pads triggers the endorphin release.
We currently have several research studies being conducted on how SURE FOOT Pads are affecting the horse and his nervous system . We look forward to sharing the outcomes with you as soon as they are available
Yes. Many farriers and trimmers are using SURE FOOT Pads to make horses more comfortable while they work on them. Comfortable horses are safe horses, meaning greater safety for the hoof care professional. Pads are suitable for shod and barefoot horses, young and old.
Please see our testimonial page for a wonderful story.
Yes, dogs and cats love SURE FOOT Pads. We are developing purpose designed canine therapy pads called SURE PAWS, but in the meantime any the SURE FOOT Equine range is suitable for your dog or cat.
Sure Foot Pads help horses and dogs
Please watch this guide before starting SURE FOOT with your horse.
Please watch the Quick Start Guide before use.
ALways consult your veterinarian before starting a new therapy to ensure that SURE FOOT Equine Pads are suitable for your horse.
JOCK - 23 year old Clydesdale gelding 1.1 tons with Feet 223 mm wide.
For many years Jock has had difficulty in lifting his hind legs for trimming. A balancing act between lifting feet, trying to get the trim done with only 10-15 seconds before Jock needed to plant his foot down or lose his balance. With the introduction of SURE FOOT Equine Stability Pads , and then waiting until he was comfortable standing on the pads we were then able to place his feet on the hoof stand for a longer period of time. He will sometimes now stay for the duration of working on his feet. A much happier horse and much happier trimmer - thanks SURE FOOT Pads.
David Le Mesurier - Barefoot Trimmer Canberra ACT.
Hey Jo - I got the SURE FOOT pads the other day and just used them to trim my old boy's back feet. WOW what a difference!!! Last time i did him i thought i might need to get some bute for him next time - he is 26yrs and arthritic - and i am pretty slow trimming!! Today he was great - stood perfectly still with fronts on the pads and the only breaks we needed were for ME to have a rest!! Stoked! Will take a pic when i do his fronts tomorrow and post for you. Thanks Heaps!
As a therapist the SURE FOOT Pads have changed how I work and improved the outcomes for horses considerably. I recommend all my clients buy at least one pair for their horse, the investment is well worth it. Jo is a great person to help you decide what to purchase as she is a very competent horsewoman herself who is dedicated to improving the world for our horses.
Robyn from Equine Miracle - Canberra ACT/NSW
So happy!! Thank you so much! Thank you so much for all your amazing advice!
Nothing else in the horse world helps a horse reprogram his movement so quickly. And because SURE FOOT Equine Stability Pads seem to work at a deep nervous system level, the horses maintain the progress.
Dr. Joyce Harman DVM
SURE FOOT is not a replacement to veterinary care, but a great addition to it, so please consult your vet before starting SURE FOOT with your horse. If in doubt we are able to liaise with your vet or better yet refer them to our Veterinary Playlist on YouTube.