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post #21 of 32 Old 01-15-2012, 11:41 PM
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Yep, those are the hooves/legs he steps on each other with... a lot of Dressage horses school with bells on all 4 legs. Totilas comes to mind and if you watch the prize giving ceremonies many other horses also have 4 bells.
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post #22 of 32 Old 01-16-2012, 12:07 AM
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I adore the Eskadron bandage range. You can also get Eskadron bandages with built in climatex - makes bandaging so much quicker and easier.

I'm another one that puts bell boots on all 4's as well. My TB (if he's ever in work again!) is a real pain for stepping on his own legs. I bandage under the fetlock with him, AND bell boots all round.

And again, if I'm planning on going out on a trail or doing fast work, I will boot all round with sling boots under the fetlocks.
I recently purchased some really lovely HKM dressage boots, only got to use them once before Hugo did his latest injury, but they are fabulous boots and I think I'll end up using them more than bandages for general training at home.

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I adore the Eskadron bandage range. You can also get Eskadron bandages with built in climatex - makes bandaging so much quicker and easier.
For bandages or polos wraps? I don't see how it'd be easy to wrap polos with something else underneath that you can't let slip.

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Skyes, bandages/polos = same thing in Aus. Sorry about that!

I always bandage with bandage pads underneath. They help to dispense the pressure on the bandage and remove pressure points, plus help the sweat to be wicked away from the leg and give extra protection from knocks. I never bandage with just bandages/polo's directly onto the leg.

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Skyes, bandages/polos = same thing in Aus. Sorry about that!

I always bandage with bandage pads underneath. They help to dispense the pressure on the bandage and remove pressure points, plus help the sweat to be wicked away from the leg and give extra protection from knocks. I never bandage with just bandages/polo's directly onto the leg.
Thanks for clarifying That's a good point.. but is it easy to wrap them? Cause I have enough trouble as it is just getting my fingers out of there so it stays on right with the right amount of tension.

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I guess you just get used to it, I find it easy to wrap - but I guess I'm a bandaging expert now with all the injuries I've had to bandage with the nags in the last few years! I certainly feel more more comfortable bandaging over a pad than directly onto the leg, you get a slightly larger margain for error if you are just starting out in bandaging.

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I guess you just get used to it, I find it easy to wrap - but I guess I'm a bandaging expert now with all the injuries I've had to bandage with the nags in the last few years! I certainly feel more more comfortable bandaging over a pad than directly onto the leg, you get a slightly larger margain for error if you are just starting out in bandaging.
Well I'll have to try it out then. If it's more comfortable/safe for my horse :)

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I haven't used polo wraps or boots in years, as I'm not convinced that a little bit of cotton or neoprene or whatever offers much support to a 1200lbs (or more) animal, which is of course more than 1200lbs if you also consider the force with which it's landing on each leg. I did some research on the effect of wraps and boots when I got tired of wrapping polos and found that this has indeed been tested by scientists, and the findings of their studies suggest that they do not offer any significant support to the tendons and ligaments.

My horse is also very careful with her feet and never interferes with herself, not even in lateral movements. If she did, I'd protect her legs with something. Otherwise, I don't see a point.
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I always use Eskadron boots on all four. Simply a matter of protecting the leg when doing close lateral work....and a few jumps after the dressage work is his reward for doing well, so he is ready for anything.
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GREAT video and instructions, Golden Horse! =D
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