8 hr Trip...Wrap or not Wrap?

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    08-04-2011, 01:35 PM
Green Broke
8 hr Trip...Wrap or not Wrap?

My horse is 8hrs away from where I am living now. I found a place to keep him. My question is, would you wrap your horse's legs for an eight hour trip?

I've been told, I definitively should from the stress. And I've been told I definitively shouldnt. What do you guys think? If it was your horse what would you do? My horse is a 16month old Paint/TB. He has been hauled once before, but it was a 3hr trip, and I wrapped his legs then.

I've been told that with it being such a long trip that it would do more harm than good to have his legs wrapped for so long.

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    08-04-2011, 02:18 PM
Do you have shipping boots instead of wraps?

I would use those, and make several stops to let him stretch, and take them off, to get some air flow to his legs and let him walk around. Easier than wrapping and unwrapping. Since he's so young, and never hauled this long, the protection may be needed eventually. As long as at some point he's aloud to walk around, without his legs being wrapped, it should be fine.
    08-04-2011, 02:21 PM
Green Broke
Thats what I used to haul him before. They fit perfect, were put on correctly and everything! We got him to his new place, and I go to unhaul him, and he has 3 of the shipping boots off!!!! I don't know how he did it what so ever! Like I said, we triple checked that they were a correct fit, and were on correctly, and everything looked great! And somehow he managed to get them off!!!

From the looks of it at this point, it looks like a professional transporter will be getting him. I've never dealt with a pro. Trans. Before, so for everyone that has, what do you think?
    08-04-2011, 02:22 PM
Not a fan of shipping boots. More likely to slide down and get under a hoof.

If you know how to wrap correctly then I would say wrap to give the legs some protection and support for the ride.

If your wrapping abilities are not 100% then the wraps will become loose and dangerous over that time so it is better to leave the horse with out wraps.

Neither option is wrong.
    08-04-2011, 02:24 PM
Green Broke
Thanks to both of you!!! I really appreciate it! Honestly, the more I look into it, the more it seems like a personal opinion....:)
    08-04-2011, 02:27 PM
It is. It is also a horse by horse type thing.
If you have the type of horse that tends to be less than easy to load or unload then wraps might be a smart plan so the risk of a leg injury during loading/unloading is less.
If you have the type of horse that could roll in a pile of broken glass and not end up with a wound then adding the wraps is more of risk than a benefit.

I personally like to wrap. I am paranoid and have a horse that likes to invent ways to get new injuries.
    08-04-2011, 02:30 PM
Green Broke
Alwaysbehind, I would say my best bet would be to wrap! Rodeo invents ways of getting cut, bruised, pronged, stabbed, and whatever else he could do by the simplest of things! Everyday I go out there he has a new bump and scrape somewhere!!!

Not sure how he will be loading onto the trailer, he was okay before, but it did take him 30min or so....so we'll see:)

Thanks again!!!!
    08-04-2011, 02:31 PM
All I can say is that I have had 4 horses hauled up here to Canada from the states, all journeys of over 1000 miles, and no one has been wrapped, and all arrived healthy and sound.

I vote on the don't wrap camp.
    08-04-2011, 03:58 PM
If you traveled 3 hours and 3 of the 4 shiping boots were off then it sounds like your horse gets fidety in the trailer. I would wrap. Of course I put shipping boots on if I go more than 15 minutes down the road.

Fleece lined shipping boots do not stay in place. I always get my shipping boots from Dover.

Dover Pro Shipping Boots < Horse Shipping Boots < Horse Tack|Dover Saddlery.

The dover brand does not slip down the horse's legs like fleece lined ones do.
    08-04-2011, 04:26 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for all the responses!! Luckily, this isnt happening for 2-3 more weeks, so I have some time to decide....Golden Horse, I have a friend that shipped a horse from Az to NY, and she didnt have him wrapped, and he arrived perfectly fine!!

Wetrain17....they were fleece lined!!! The woman I bought him from is a racehorse trainer, so she wanted them to be wrapped, and double wrapped!!!! She wrapped them, and put shipping boots over them, so that probably didnt help any! As far as him being fidgety....he must be. We really didnt feel or see him moving, but he could have been kicking them off so :)

Thanks again!!!

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