The SURE FOOT Program is a unique, innovative way for the horse to be his own teacher and change is posture behavior and movement. Created and developed by Wendy Murdoch, this revolutionary way of improving your horse’s balance, confidence, and performance shows that horses are always present and ready to learn when presenting with an experience that is meaningful to them.
Offering your horse the opportunity to stand on SURE FOOT Equine Pads provides him with an opportunity to experience his own habitual patterns of standing and way of going. Even more amazing is that the Pads have a relaxing effect. Horses shift from anxious to calm and from calm to a deep state of relaxation, which may last long after walking off the SURE FOOT Equine Pads. Further they explore their own movement, are easier to train due to the decrease in tension and become more resilient to their environment.
The SURE FOOT Equine Stability Program uses a variety of SURE FOOT Equine Stability Pads and balance Pods. The Pads vary in density from Hard to Soft, which provides a wide range of pattern variation for the horse to experience. The degree of difficulty can be varied depending on the Pad choice for each horse on any given day depending on the horse’s condition, medical history, and desired effect. This controlled instability challenge ranging from Hard to Soft challenges the horse’s balance activates proprioception, works the small postural muscles, and creates awareness.
While standing on SURE FOOT Equine Pads the horse begins to observe his body, in many cases going deep within himself. The consistent observations made by horse owners, equine professionals and veterinarians while horses stand on SURE FOOT Equine Pads are that the horse explores habitual patterns and discovers new possibilities, which results in rehabilitation of long standing injuries, habits, and anxiety resulting in greater ease of movement.
How does this happen? The hoof is a sensory organ. Standing on SURE FOOT Equine Pads somehow provides new information to the horse’s nervous system from the hoof to the brain or in some way “reboots” the system back to the original programming. And, in some cases, an immediate change in the hoof is evident after only a few minutes standing on SURE FOOT Equine Pads, which appears to alleviate discomfort and which makes the Pads, particularly the Physiopads, a valuable tool for farriers and trimmers.
During his experience standing on SURE FOOT Equine Pads for as little as a few seconds to several minutes, the horse self-corrects his posture, calms down, with visible changes to muscle tone and fascia. Therefore this is not training and no training is required. Horses want to stand on SURE FOOT Equine Pads!
The horse retrains himself to stand better without human interference and retains that information afterward. Until you see for yourself this may seem unbelievable! Yet, SURE FOOT is now helping horses all around the world, in all equine disciplines and in all aspects of horse care, training, and rehabilitation. SURE FOOT is changing the way we look at horses and improving their wellbeing one hoof at a time.