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post #1 of 8 Old 11-12-2012, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Wrapping a leg effectively?

Apparently Indie's right hind leg is sore and swollen.. so no riding today, or for who knows how long, but my instructor said to come cold hose it, rub it down and wrap it.

I'm just wondering if there's anything special to wrapping it? I've wrapped up Major's legs for trailering and I had gotten a lot of practice with the polos, but what exactly do I need to bring down with me?

We have those white sheets with stall bandages (I think that's what you call them), so is that what I need to use for her?

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What you are wanting is called a standing wrap. Go to either the Practical Horseman web site of The Horse mag website (or jut about any how-to horse site) and look up an article on how to do a standing bandage. You will need a quilt (the large white wrap) and either a standing bandage, roll of vet wrap or a polo if you are desperate. You could also ask your instructor for a quick lesson in wrapping. Be careful to follow the proper procedures- you can cause damage with an improperly done bandage (if the tension on bandage is uneven or you have wrinkles in the bandage you can bow (damage) the tendons in the leg).
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Ideally you will want to wrap and support the other hind also to allow the horse to shift weight comfortably.

Standing too long on one leg is asking for problems.
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What you are wanting is called a standing wrap. Go to either the Practical Horseman web site of The Horse mag website (or jut about any how-to horse site) and look up an article on how to do a standing bandage. You will need a quilt (the large white wrap) and either a standing bandage, roll of vet wrap or a polo if you are desperate. You could also ask your instructor for a quick lesson in wrapping. Be careful to follow the proper procedures- you can cause damage with an improperly done bandage (if the tension on bandage is uneven or you have wrinkles in the bandage you can bow (damage) the tendons in the leg).
I agree with this, and ALSO (and a LOT of people forget to do this!) wrap from the bottom up, so make sure your first pass goes from bottom to top. If you go from top to bottom first you can trap fluid and push fluid down to the base of the fetlock joint.....I've seen this more times than I can count......
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We used Back on Track wraps when our mare damaged her tendon this year - on advice from our vet. They did a great job.
If you bandage make sure you are clockwise on one leg and anticlockwise on the other
This is a good video to show how to bandage for the problem you have with your horse
If the leg doesnt improve then ask your vet to ultra sound it to see exactly how much damage has been done.
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Thanks everyone for the advice, the farrier wrapped her leg for me this time around and he likely will tomorrow.. but I'll see about wrapping the other hind leg tomorrow as well. Would a SMB boot work instead? I'm just thinking it might be easier? I was thinking of putting her boots on the three remaining legs but I wasn't sure so I didn't.

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Get the vet out to diagnose what is wrong instead of having a farrier try to fix your horse..............
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Agreed with Wyoming.

You'll do more damage wrapping a leg if you don't know how to, than if you leave it.
You need to know what is wrong with the leg before going for a treatment plan. If it's a tendon/ligament, you need vet attendance.
If it's just a knock, I'd simply cold hose twice/day and give a gram of bute/day until the swelling subsides.

But wrapping without knowing how to can have dire consequences, don't do it.

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