Are we talking sport boots like SMBs? Personally, I wouldn't. I don't feel they offer the protection that bandages or boots do.
That said, I don't know why a few people have suggested polos.. In my opinion a polo is not going to handle the shock of legs banging together at that force on the highway. My horse gets wrapped in No Bows and shipping bandages, or he gets booted.
Your horses legs are all you have to stand on! Pretty important to protect them to the best of your ability
Equine Classic Legacy's. I was thinking more for support than banging, but thanks for the reply.
I wouldn't bother wrapping a horse to trailer it. If I couldn't get where I needed to go without the horse getting hurt then I wouldn't own the thing. And what are brushing boots? Don't tell me you have to put boots on a horse to brush them too.
Horses are not so fragile that we have to keep them padded and covered up so as not to hurt them. Your horse may get a scratch or two but I have hauled all kinds of horses in every kind of trailer built over all kinds of roads and never have I had one seriously injured. Shipping boots are great things for tack stores and they make over-protective owners feel good but they do nothing for the horse. If I had a horse that was a hazard to himself in the trailer then I would work on those issues rather than depend on some nylon and cotton batting to keep him safe.
Don't put anything on at all. You should really never ship in bandages. It's far too easy for the bandage to slip or unravel thus bowing or otherwise injuring your horse. You should never use vetwrap over quilts, and it should never be on for long periods of time.
We go to the keenland thoroughbred Yearling sale in Kentucky every year. We spend an average of $40,000 to $500,000 per horse. We do not bandage for shipping or use boots and have never had a problem. Zenyatta doesn't even ship in boots or bandages and that filly is worth at LEAST 8 figures.
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Yes, I wrap for protection and it is warranted. Just because you think it's unnecessary doesn't mean it is--that's like saying having a pad under your saddle is just for over-protective owners. It's there for a reason.
I'm not so much worried while shipping about anything other than my horse stumbling after a bump, pot-hole, or unexpected turn on the drivers fault where my horse might nick himself. I've seen a horse take off half his left front heel from being trailered without bell boots. Yeah-- 98% of the time the horses are fine, but it's like wearing a seat belt for me. I use it to protect myself and most of the time it doesn't actively do anything--but when I need it, I'm glad I have it.
As for what--like others have said, pillow wraps and standing wraps (NOT track bandages!) and I would recommend some rubber bell boots, but that's me personally.
My horse looks like a ****** when I trailer him there is so much crap on him. Again with my "better safe than sorry" mentality I guess. Then again I have actually had a horse come flying off the highway in a trailer and walk out with little more than a few bruises because I had the forethought to put shipping boots on him.
I use shipping boots if the horse is not a kicker, and is in an angle haul or straight haul with little chance to move around. I especially use shipping boots when the stalls are partitioned to the floor to prevent the horse rubbing its legs against the partitions (I have also had this happen).
When the horse is in a box, or otherwise freestanding I wrap. If the horse can move, I don't want him to get caught up in boots. Wrapping takes longer and is way easier to screw up than just putting boots on, but it is "safer" in a box, although they won't provide as much protection. For kickers I only wrap or leave their hind legs bare. They can very easily kick boots down or off, making for a more dangerous situation.
Anyways. For shipping. I use plain plain stuff. Not a huge fan of the pillow wraps because they bunch a lot easier than the plain "no-bow" ones.
And the bandages are a lot thinner, stretchier and longer than polos (you can still get them in awesome colours though):
You should also ask whoever is wrapping your horse what they prefer to use.
I think your ignorant if you believe that not wrapping legs is a good thing. I always wrap. The one time I didnt my mare cut her pastern on a five minute ride over to my trainers. I think that its better to be safe then sorry and time spent wrapping is never wasted in my book