In the spring and fall I work as a vet assistant on the track. I catch urine and help bleed. Sometimes if the trainers are short and I'm not busy I will help cut racing bandages and wrap before they leave. I've been doing it for years and I'm good with the racers so the trainers that know me trust me. I've never wanted to bother them with my questions.
For the wrapping, its usually a paste that looks and feels like plaster of Paris (but obviously isn't), then a layer of brown paper or plastic wrap, then standing pads then standing wraps or vet wrap.
Would someone explain to me about what you put on the horses legs after the hard workouts? What is that plastery stuff? Why would some choose to put paper versus plastic on top of that?
For someone not madly racing their horses, is this something a rider should ever consider doing? Is it a preventative or only done for some horses?
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