Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Well, I have drastically changed my practice of using standing wraps on horses after tough workouts.
In my big competition days, every time my horses jumped or worked XC, they would have standing wraps put on overnight to prevent stocking up. Most of the barn were in standing wraps most nights. Our international coach just considered it the only thing to do.
One of the things I started noticing, though, is that if a horse did NOT get wrapped, they often really stocked up...badly.
On a couple of horses I got in for training, I stopped wrapping them at night. I would cold hose and brace after a good workout and leave it at that. These horses never stocked up at all.
So, I have come to believe that if a horse relies on standing wraps at night, the lower leg tissues lose their "tone" making them more prone to swelling. In other words, they become dependent on the wraps.
OP, I'm not sure if this is what you meant about wrapping or if you were talking about wrapping during exercise for support. As for that, I believe working boots and wraps offer precious little support. For the wraps to offer much support, they would have to be more like standing wraps. These don't offer enough flexibility to be used while working.
Last edited by Allison Finch; 07-06-2011 at 12:21 AM.