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  • Benefit: Long-term use to aid in improvement of overall horse health and well-being.
  • Color Coded: Coated with Orange DuraFlex, a highly durable, anti-microbial coating.
  • Shape: Rectangular shape allows the different density pads to be paired or stacked for ease of use.
  • Size: 10”x12”x2” (25cmx30cmx5cm) so that there is sufficient area for the horse’s hoof and sufficient thickness to withstand the compression under the horse’s weight.
  • Pad Weight: Each pad weighs 16 oz. (454 grams).
  • Weight load limit: Can be used with horses of any size, weight or breed.
  • Safety: Pads are constructed of material that will not cause injury to the horse. However, failure to follow instructions may cause harm to both horse and human. Always follow the safety guidelines on the back of the insert sheet, website and/or DVD instructional videos.
  • Base Layer: The HARD Pad may serve as base pad for stacking other density pads on top.
  • Stackable. SURE FOOT pads can be combined to stack layers generally two high, but in some instances three high. Stacking allows the person to give the horse an experience that matches different habit patterns of the body. Stacking allows the horse to experience limb differentials - beneficial to establishing a more normal, balance posture and movement. Do not force a horse to stand on stacked pads. Stacked pads may themselves slip more easily due to a horse stepping or slipping, and this may cause additional wear and tear. Therefore, if you are stacking, ensure to follow instructions safely and expect to see greater damage over time with use.
  • Durability: Genuine SURE FOOT pads are durable and have been designed and tested to hold up for continued use under the demands of horses in any environment. Pads from the original production run in January 2016 are still in use today.

HARD Pad – Gives Directly to Heat and Pressure

Genuine SURE FOOT Equine HARD Pads are made from one material. Color-coded on one side with Orange DuraFlex and stamped with the official SURE FOOT logo. The pads come packaged in pairs, along with a Warranty Card registration form and QR code for immediate access to the SURE FOOT® Equine website. This pad has almost no lateral give making it the most stable SURE FOOT Equine Pad.

The HARD Pad was formerly called the “Impression” pad because it can show how the horse is weighting the hoof, providing key indicators for positive change. The HARD Pad gives under pressure so that the hoof finds its own level, which can be observed once the horse steps off.

The HARD Pad also makes an excellent tool for farriers and veterinarians in observing how the horse habitually stands, in determining corrective trimming and/or shoeing, and for improving treatment or post-injury rehabilitation. This image can be photographed to serve as a record of the hoof shape, structure, and weight distribution over time.By journaling results, follow-ups on the HARD Pad can show how patterns change – as a result of both: improvements in each horse’s own awareness via use over time; and corrective treatments and will not retain an imprint between uses. 

The HARD Pad especially benefits horses beginning the SURE FOOT® Equine Stability Program - particularly if the horse is unstable, weak, arthritic, anxious, nervous, on stall rest, receiving rehabilitation or returning to work after a long break. Because the material has no lateral give and will slowly yield to the horse’s weight, providing maximum stability - you can allow a horse to stand on the HARD Pad for quite a while - provided there is minimal swaying.

  • Pads are suitable for use on any surface with horses that are shod, bare foot and/or wearing boots.
  • Pads will show wear over time. Nicks, tears and cuts are considered normal wear and tear and do not limit the effects of the pads in any way.

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