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  • Are polo wraps bad for horses legs in the summer?
  • Can polo wrapping cause a lame horse

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    10-28-2012, 02:38 PM
  #1
Foal
polo wraps

I was taught to wrap a horses legs with polo wraps. But then I learned that if you wrap them wrong it could easily damage a horses tendons. Can anyone explaine to me the correct way to wrap a horses legs with polo wraps?
     
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    10-28-2012, 04:54 PM
  #2
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Soberanaforever    
I was taught to wrap a horses legs with polo wraps. But then I learned that if you wrap them wrong it could easily damage a horses tendons. Can anyone explaine to me the correct way to wrap a horses legs with polo wraps?
Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. I've had horses 53 years, have butt slid them down power lines, dug up the other side and never in my life did I need to do more than put some Absorbine in someone.

Until now------------------

I have a horse that was trimmed so short the farrier caused him to have torn ligaments and sesamoiditis. That equals leg-wrapping and yes there is a right wy and wrong way

Here's a veterinarian video that explains the correct way.
Equestrian Life - Videos: How to Place a Standing Wrap
Soberanaforever and Ponies like this.
     
    10-28-2012, 04:55 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Soberanaforever    
I was taught to wrap a horses legs with polo wraps. But then I learned that if you wrap them wrong it could easily damage a horses tendons. Can anyone explaine to me the correct way to wrap a horses legs with polo wraps?
Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. I've had horses 53 years, have butt slid them down power lines, dug up the other side and never in my life did I need to do more than put some Absorbine on someone.

Until now------------------

I have a horse that was trimmed so short, the farrier caused him to have torn ligaments and sesamoiditis. That equals leg-wrapping and yes there is a right wy and wrong way

Here's a veterinarian video that explains the correct way.
Equestrian Life - Videos: How to Place a Standing Wrap

Granted this is a demo for standing wraps/quilts but Polo wraps fall into the same category
     
    10-28-2012, 05:02 PM
  #4
Started
There are some decent videos on youtube showing ways to wrap. I notice some differences between the ways barrel racers vs. polo players like to use them.

If you watch a few of those and follow the ones that are similar to each other, you can hardly go wrong.

Why do you need to wrap your horse's legs?
     
    10-28-2012, 11:07 PM
  #5
Weanling
Can I semi-hijack and ask a question? I haven't watched the video yet, but I am having to wrap (with the quilts and standing bandages) my horse's RH for a month, post sequestrum removal surgery. I was warned to be careful how I wrapped, and given what I hope were good demos. Now my question- yes I hear that bad wrapping can be very damaging to the tendons- how does one tell if damage is caused? Seems like a stupid question, but would the horse start going lame with no good reason other than having been wrapped frequently and recently? Thanks for your reply. :) And good luck to all in the care of our injured horses.
     
    10-29-2012, 07:27 AM
  #6
Green Broke
According to the vet in the video, bowed tendons are the most common thing to happen if the horse is wrapped incorrectly

She also stresses the leg quilts should go on smooth, no wrinkles in them. They go on counterclockwise; start wrapping from the outside of the leg (in the center front) go BEHIND the leg, bringing the quilts between the legs.

The standing wraps go on the same direction, starting about midway up the leg, wrap downward around the fetlock, then back up again.

Nothing should be tight and not loose either -- keeping the same amount of tension with every turn

It's all scary and the more times I watch the video, the more paranoid I get

I was already dealing with major founder on this horse, last March; he has insulin resistance. That's why I hired this particular, and very expensive, farrier in the first place.

I already know this guy won't recover 100%. He's healed to around 85% and I'll take it as long as I keep him from going backward.

He never was going to go anywhere but behind the barn but it looks like his time has been shortened thanks to the farrier that trimmed him way too short. He's 17, if he makes it to 20, it will be a miracle.

I could have put him down when this all happened in July but he's nowhere near ready for that. The vet and chiro both had serious doubts this horse would make it this far.

As long as I can give him a great quality of life and he's only got a little discomfort, I will keep fighting for him. He goes out to pasture every day with the herd wearing boots & pads, poultice and leg wraps. He spent two months in the side yard but healed to the point where he wanted to be with the herd, so I turned him back out and he's happy.

When the day comes that his eyes say "I just can't do this anymore", I'll send him on to his ancestors. All because of a farrier-----------
     
    10-29-2012, 08:42 AM
  #7
Started
I've seen "bandage bows" from wraps that were too tight or pulled on structures in a bad way. Too loose and the bandages fall off, which is a safety hazard if you're going at speed or your horse is goosey about snakes!

It's good that y'all are approaching wrapping with some trepidation. I guess I still wonder why want to wrap?
     
    10-29-2012, 09:25 AM
  #8
Weanling
Boots, for me there is no wanting to. We have to do it post-surgery for a month. :( I agree with you tho- the too loose/too tight. My first 6 tries fell off in 10 minutes. I was extremely annoyed and worried I wasn't going to get the pressure type bandage the vet requested for proper healing. Aside from medical reasons, I have no desire to wrap! Lol Thanks, you can have it, it's a major pain!! :)
     
    10-29-2012, 09:34 AM
  #9
Weanling
I have seen your posts before, Walkinthewalk. I can't imagine that happening to my horse! :( I hope he can recover enough to have more years left with you!
I did finally watch the video. It was a front leg, not a rear, so not exactly as I am doing, but def. Still helpful. Without thinking, I was wrapping the counter clockwise direction, even though in the video that seems clockwise to me?! Either way, that is the direction I was going, out to in. Knock on wood, I was doing it all okay without realizing why. :) Bowed tendons are a scary thought, don't want those, or any other complications!
     
    10-29-2012, 10:24 AM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by GracielaGata    
I have seen your posts before, Walkinthewalk. I can't imagine that happening to my horse! :( I hope he can recover enough to have more years left with you!
I did finally watch the video. It was a front leg, not a rear, so not exactly as I am doing, but def. Still helpful. Without thinking, I was wrapping the counter clockwise direction, even though in the video that seems clockwise to me?! Either way, that is the direction I was going, out to in. Knock on wood, I was doing it all okay without realizing why. :) Bowed tendons are a scary thought, don't want those, or any other complications!
Thank you Gracie

I am left-handed and believe me, I was having real problems consistently wrapping the correct way. My husband had to sit on a stool on the other side of the horse and haul me up short (several times) because I was wrapping in the wrong direction

If I'm really tired, mostly at night, I still catch myself wrapping the wrong direction because my left handed idea of counter-clockwise is not the rest of the world's

When I was trying to teach my son to tie his shoes, he wasn't getting it. His dad finally sat down and watched us. After a few failed attempts, his father quietly said, "I know what's wrong. You're left-handed, Erik is going to be right-handed, let me show him".

It took his father one try ----------- one try and Erik was tying his own shoes
     

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