Join Date: May 2012
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Fleece bandages definitely won't need pads underneath as far as I know.. As for elastic, if you want to put them tight enough that they won't slip, I think you will need pads if you want to make it comfortable at all for you horse.
I'm just wondering, why would you use wraps/bandages? It's only a piece of fabric without any hard parts to protect, shock absorption is minimal unless you put on really thick ones (or a thick padding), and for me the most important part - heat build-up. If you have ever worn a fleece vest, I think you know how warm those things are. Excessive heat (and heat builds up FAST in a working horse) can do damage to tendons - while you're trying to protect them? If your horse needs protection, I think you'd be much better off investing in some durable tendon boots or wraps (the stretchy ones with velcro) with good airflow.
Listen to your horse and he might just return the favour!