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post #1 of 10 Old 08-25-2011, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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Question Trouble with leg bandages/ wraps

I have no idea what leg bandages are for? I want to use them but don't know how to use them or how to put them on, i have a white bandadge fabric thing that you put under the top bandage/covering..... any suggestion on techniques would be greatly appreciated and showing pictures on your horses and their legs bandaged would be awesome coz i like looking at pictures..


P.S. If you could put it in very detailed words than that would be AWESOME!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-25-2011, 06:22 AM
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If you don't know what they're for then don't use them ;)
Bandages may 'look pretty' but there is a real skill to wrapping them correctly without creating pressure points on the horse's legs. If you DO create pressure points and leave the bandages on for too long, you will cause a lot of damage to the leg and often the tendon. There is also the risk of the bandages slipping off the leg and getting tangled, an extremely dangerous scenario for both horse and rider.

Stick to boots until someone can show you in person how to bandage correctly.


Bandages are used on horses in work to support to tendon and protect the legs from knocks.

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Thanx!.... my sister was thinking about buying some splint boots for me one day but we decided not to
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Well let me tell you that split boots are much more convenient than bandages when you're starting out ;)

I rarely bandage my horses for training at home - I just don't have the time! So they only go on for competition warm ups and clinics when we need to look 'a little bit fancy'.

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Does your horse need splint boots?

As Kayty said, leg wraps are not something to do with out knowing how to use them. Do you have someone who can give you a tutorial on leg wrapping?


From your post it sounds like you are talking about quilts and wraps (used for trailering or in stall for support and/or healing) not polo wraps.

The "white bandadge fabric thing that you put under the top bandage/covering" comes in many styles. The most commonly used are pillow wraps, quilt wraps, and no bows. Which you pick depends on what you are using it for and which you prefer.


Here is an article that covers some basics:
Leg Wrapping 101- EC Magazine Spring 2005




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post #6 of 10 Old 09-02-2011, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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oh their like a square piece of fluffy cotton fabric, my sister used them for training once but i can't remember very well..... i think she put and adhesive bandage over top
but thanks anyway for your help
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i think it's like putting a pillow wrap on but it's not pillowy it's just like a square wooly thing :)
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I also agree with just getting some boots.
Wrapping is a good thing to know how to do, not just for polo wrapping, but should a horse be injured or something, you'll know how to bandage it up properly. So, if someone around you knows how to correctly wrap, see if they can teach you.

As far as riding or working in them though, I personally feel much safer with boots. I don't have to worry about them coming undone, and it's easier to evenly spread the pressure on a boot with just two or three velcro straps vs. however many times you go round and around the leg with a polo wrap.

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post #9 of 10 Old 09-03-2011, 06:38 PM
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The pads you have, if they are thin, go under the bandages to help prevent pressure points and avoid having the bandage wrapped directly over the tendon. I never wrap without pads underneath.
However - as said above, though they do minimise pressure points, they only do if if applied correctly. If you try to wrap over uneven pads, you will cause even more damage than wrapping directly.

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-03-2011, 07:43 PM
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Here is a video of someone using padding as well as wraps Dailymotion - How to Bandage a Horse's Legs for Exercise - a Animals video

pretty simple stuff, as in it LOOKS easy, but I echo everyone else, and the video, safer to use boots than bandages unless you are confident that you are capable enough not to do any damage.
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