SURE FOOT Equine Stability Pods (set of 2) - The most Challenging
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 pad. The horse must be familiar and comfortable with standing on the other pads before attempting to use pods.
Target his hoof to the third row of nubs in order to center the hoof. As you lower the hoof allow the horse to adjust placing his hoof where he is comfortable, even if that is not on the pod. When standing on the pod the air-filled dome pushes upward into the horse’s hoof.
Pods can be used in front and behind and typically used two at a time. Most often pods are used in combination with Slants in the rear and pods under the front hooves. But can also be used under all four hooves.
Pods provide information on the habitual loading of the hoof, medial or lateral side, heel, toe loading are often observed as well as medial or lateral side, heel, or toe loading. Pods may roll out from under the hoof if the horse is not straight loading his weight onto the pod therefore use caution at first to see how he is loading on one hoof before adding more pods.
Rarely are there horses that progress to pods in the first session. It seems to offer some type of relief through the jaw, as the most significant horse was one who had broken her jaw prior to SURE FOOT. She stood on the pods and looked extremely comfortable both while on them and in moving afterward.