“The SURE FOOT® Equine Stability program has made an amazing change in our 17 hand DWB mare, Tamara. We were given her two years ago to be my son’s trail horse. She was deemed too unsound to be a dressage horse anymore. She was supposed to be kept on joint supplements and pain killers all the time but we stopped giving her those and keep her turned out 24/7, weather permitting.
We noticed that she resented having a bit in her mouth to the point of raising her head and keeping her neck rigid, her hind feed did not track up in this posture. She could bend for a carrot every which way unmounted and running in the pasture, looked sound. We trail rode her in a side pull hackamore. Gradually, I began riding her in a Mylar Combo bit.
I took her to a lesson with Wendy in July 2014 where she had her first experience with SURE FOOT. She had been short-strided and rushy under saddle. After her first session, she became slower and more deliberate as she walked. This carried over when we took her out on the trail. She was far more pleasant to trail ride from then on; she felt more in control of where her feet were.
In November, she had her second session with SURE FOOT. We added some trot work. The change was again, amazing. She went from a quick, short strided trot to a slow, floating trot. Her hind leg joints were flexing and her neck was reaching forward and correctly flexing at the poll.
We rode again once we got back home. She went slower and oh my! She had spring coming from behind that I had never felt her do! I was riding her using old polo wraps for reins. My daughter- in-law, and two boarders have never seen her move like that either! Hoo-ray!
Wendy Murdoch is an internationally recognized equestrian instructor and clinician of over 30 years. She is the author of 50 5-Minute Fixes to Improve Your Riding, 40 5-Minute Jumping Fixes, the Ride Like A Natural® DVD Series and the SURE FOOT™ Equine Stability Program. One of the most skillful teachers ever encountered in any equestrian discipline, Wendy’s desire to understand the function of both horse and human, curiosity and love of teaching capitalized on the most current learning theories in order to show riders how to exceed their own expectations.