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post #21 of 25 Old 04-29-2010, 06:26 PM
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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.
The only reason it's there is to protect your saddle. Most other countries do not use a pad, and it is not necessary. It's ironic that we will pad up a horse to fit an ill fitting saddle and then preach about comfort and safety.

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post #22 of 25 Old 04-29-2010, 06:29 PM
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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
Based on that logic, we should never leave our horses unwrapped right? In the stall, in the pasture, in the trailer, they should be wrapped at all times to prevent injury.

Horses will always hurt themselves. If you have a horse prone to hurting itself, by all means, go ahead and wrap. My horses get tossed in a trailer naked, though sometimes with the saddle on if I need to get somewhere quick. They know where to put their feet.

The only time I would consider wrapping is on an extended journey with long hours in the trailer for support of the legs.

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I can see where both sides are coming from, here.

It may not be that your horse is a bad loader, kicks the trailer, fights with other horses in the trailer. What if you hit a pothole? Or if someone cuts you off and you have to brake hard or swerve? All those things can cause the horse to be off balance and step on his own legs. What if you're in an accident? A bandage or boot might keep a piece of metal from cutting a tendon, artery, etc.

I see the "they're a horse, let them be" side. But some things are out of the owner's/horse's/hauler's hands. You have to be safe out there when there are a LOT of dumb drivers who don't seem to realize you have live animals cruising down the highway at 65 mph.

I'm not one to always boot/wrap. Depends on the horse. Haven't booted Beau since November for shows because he's always by himself and he's quiet. But, after thinking about what I just typed, he's going to start being booted/wrapped (depending on hauling distance) again.

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Based on that logic, we should never leave our horses unwrapped right? In the stall, in the pasture, in the trailer, they should be wrapped at all times to prevent injury.

Horses will always hurt themselves. If you have a horse prone to hurting itself, by all means, go ahead and wrap. My horses get tossed in a trailer naked, though sometimes with the saddle on if I need to get somewhere quick. They know where to put their feet.

The only time I would consider wrapping is on an extended journey with long hours in the trailer for support of the legs.
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post #25 of 25 Old 04-29-2010, 07:49 PM
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My point essentially being all those things can happen in a pasture during day to day life as well. What if you're in an accident and the wraps come undone or get cut and get tangled in something and actually cause the death of your horse? There are ALWAYS "what ifs". It's great if whoever wants to wrap or use boots, but calling those who don't ignorant is just silly in my opinion. I would be way better off wrapping my mare in the pasture, she always managed to come in with nicks on her legs! And yet in 24 years, I haven't had a single nick, cut or injury when hauling, even with her!

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