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    11-06-2011, 03:07 PM
Leg wrapping question

I had to wrap my horses right hind leg last night when he came up lame in his pasture. We think he got kicked in the hock area, it was tender and swelling slightly. After getting the advice of my much more knowledgeable friend, we wrapped his leg and put him in his stall overnight.

He was much better this morning, but I left the wrap on while I turned him out in his own field. He's very good about wraps and usually leaves them alone.

Anyways, the question - should I take his wrap off and leave it off I f he's walking better? He's still tender and probably will be bruised for a few days, but does it need to stay wrapped?
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    11-06-2011, 03:09 PM
Green Broke
Usually you want to wrap the opposite leg as well, did you wrap the other hind leg?
    11-06-2011, 03:12 PM
Ah, no we didn't. That's the first time I've heard that suggested. :) I'll keep it in mind for next time, unfortunatly it's a little late now.
    11-06-2011, 07:17 PM
I would remove the wrap, bandaging a joint is difficult and if the wrap is not evenly pressured throughout, leaving enough room for the hock to bend and flex as normal, you will start to give him bandage bruising and pressure sores.
He would do much better to be left without a bandage.
If there is swelling, cold horse the joint for 10mins at a time every 30mins until the heat starts to go. You can also give him a small dose of Bute to take some of the swelling and soreness out, he shouldn't need to be on it for more than a couple of days. If he's still having trouble, get your vet to have a look as you don't want to take any chances with joints.
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