One pair each of our SURE FOOT Hard and Medium Pads and one set of Pods.
SURE FOOT Equine Hard pads (ivory with the orange DuraFlex coating) are the firmest SURE FOOT pad and a favorite of Wendy. The material is a proprietary foam exclusively available to us for this application. The unique performance of this pad is that is provides virtually no rebound and is similar to bare ground when initially stepped on. However, as the horse stands on the pads it gradually gives way to heat and weight. And as it gives with the weight it will continue to do so until the entire load bearing area of the hoof is in contact with the pad.
When the horse steps off the pad, his hoof leaves an impression that will allow you to see where he carries the most weight in his hoof, such as the toe, heel, side. Areas with little or no weight bearing will leave little or no impression. With two pads, the difference side-to-side or front-to-rear can be seen. This visual will give clues into the horse’s habitual posture because if he is always toe loading he will not be getting the right input into his nervous system through the internal structures of the hoof in the rear of the foot.
The Hard pad is valuable to use in the presence of your farrier, as the impression showing how your horse is loading is not something that cannot be seen when the horse is standing in a barn aisle. Seeing the loading can be used in determining proper trim and shoeing, and assist in developing a rehabilitation program to improve weight distribution and balance while retraining the habitual posture patterns.
SURE FOOT Equine Hard Slant Pads (ivory with pink DuraFlex coating) are made of the same material as the SURE FOOT Hard Pads (orange top). Many horses who have had some issues in the hind quarters relax when standing on the Hard Slants. The angle creates slight changes in horse’s joint angles (both front and rear legs), which affects the joint proprioceptors.
The Hard Slants have less give than the SURE FOOT Equine Firm Slants so the hoof will more supported.. Hard Slants may be used under both front and rear hooves, heel high, heel low and sideways. They may be used alone or in combination with other SURE FOOT Equine Pads. Use with the colored side up for greater stability.
The Pods – a great way to see how your horse habitually weights his hoof and allows him to explore new possibilities.
Pods are 7” diameter ½ round air filled domes with nubs on the surface. They are considered an advanced SURE FOOT product. The horse must be familiar and comfortable with standing on the other pads before attempting to use pods. People love the pods too!