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  • My horses legs are too skinny for shipping boots
  • Do I need to wrap horse's legs for 50 mile trip

View Poll Results: Do you wrap your horses legs when you trailer?
Always 7 50.00%
Rarely 3 21.43%
Only on long trips 4 28.57%
Only the front/back 0 0%
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    09-22-2012, 03:56 PM
  #1
Yearling
To wrap or not to wrap, that is the question.

Just curious, who all wraps when they trailer?

I know people who only wrap when they haul long distances (50+ miles), and some who will wrap almost the entire legs(above the knees & hocks. No idea how they manage that, lol)

Personally, I'll put Odie's combo boots on the front & quilts/polo wraps on the back if it's a 20 min or less trip. Anything longer, it's quilts all around. But I ALWAYS wrap.
     
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    09-22-2012, 04:12 PM
  #2
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Normally I will do full coverage shipping boots on the way to a show/clinic or moving barns. If I do go to a show/clinic I do full wraps with poultice and bell boots(all 4) for the trip home. It gives a tired horse protection and "support" for the trip home and is one less thing I need to do when I get home as I always wrap after a clinic or show.

If I am hauling a long distance(8+ hours) I will do shipping boots. Wraps can over heat the legs and come undone causing danger for the trip. Long distance haulers wont let people wrap their horses anyway.
     
    09-22-2012, 05:25 PM
  #3
Yearling
My instructor always gets us to wrap their legs, whether we're going to the show at the local ring or if we're going to a larger circuit.

When I was having my mare delivered, I insisted that the seller put some sort of leg protection on her.. since it was a three+ hour drive and her joints aren't in the greatest shape.. plus her legs are the typical dainty Thoroughbred legs.
     
    09-22-2012, 05:31 PM
  #4
Showing
I do standing wraps with quilts and stable bandages.

Waiting to be picked up for camp, hence the truckload of crap by the fence LOL.
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    09-22-2012, 05:45 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
I do standing wraps with quilts and stable bandages.

Waiting to be picked up for camp, hence the truckload of crap by the fence LOL.
That was basically Major's "outfit" for going to a show or clinic.. although he looked more like a smurf because everything I had bought was blue, minus the white quilts.
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    09-22-2012, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by NBEventer    
Normally I will do full coverage shipping boots on the way to a show/clinic or moving barns. If I do go to a show/clinic I do full wraps with poultice and bell boots(all 4) for the trip home. It gives a tired horse protection and "support" for the trip home and is one less thing I need to do when I get home as I always wrap after a clinic or show.

If I am hauling a long distance(8+ hours) I will do shipping boots. Wraps can over heat the legs and come undone causing danger for the trip. Long distance haulers wont let people wrap their horses anyway.
not always true on the long distance haulers - this is how my boy was shipped last week (600 miles).




That being said. I only wrap if the horse is in a less than ideal condition (my mare when I brought her home - very skinny and not so thrilled to be standing/walking to start) or for long hauls such as this most recent trip. Otherwise naked it is. :)
     
    09-22-2012, 05:57 PM
  #7
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Originally Posted by crimsonsky    
not always true on the long distance haulers - this is how my boy was shipped last week (600 miles).
That shocks me in a huge way. When I was looking to ship my horse with me when I moved I talked to about a dozen different shipping companies and they all told me no wraps. I could do boots but they would not allow wraps. The trip would have been 5 days in a box stall. They all do regular stops and check the horses and water them. It was just the fact it was to hard to get in and fix wraps should they slip or come loose.

One thing I am noticing. No one who wraps does bell boots? The most important area to protect is the ball of the heel.

I don't think I have any pictures of my ponies ready to trailer but I do a tail wrap, stable sheet, "helmet", sometimes slinky hood, wraps or boots that cover the foot all the way to the knee and hock.

ETA - I see crimsonsky had bell boots. They were just black and blended in lol.
     
    09-22-2012, 06:00 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
I do standing wraps with quilts and stable bandages.

Waiting to be picked up for camp, hence the truckload of crap by the fence LOL.

I am loving the look on your horses face here lol. Its a "really Mother? You have to put this thing on me?!". I get the same look when my horses are all decked out for the trailer
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    09-22-2012, 06:00 PM
  #9
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When we brought our horses to the US from the UK we were advised by the shipping company that if we put wraps or shipping boots on them they would be removed. THis was down to the number of accidents they had seen where the boots or bandages had been disturbed by the horse knocking its legs together and causing them to slip down which sometimes panics some horses
We now always trailer our horses in SMB's. They fit snugly around the leg so are less likely to get moved. I would use hock boots on a horse that had a tendency to stand against the side of a herringbone and knee boots on anything that had an inlination to unload 'headfirst' - but I have seen some horses really dislike both and its a good idea to have the horse stand in its stable and walk around in them first to be sure they are OK with wearing them
     
    09-22-2012, 06:14 PM
  #10
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I'm pretty sure the only reason that they allowed the wraps in this case was because he wasn't having any stops where he would be removed from the trailer. (i.e. He wasn't going across the country where he would have the 2 day layover in colorado) and yes I did have bell boots on him. If he's not in shipping boots (which I have yet to find big enough for his hind legs - they're not tall enough) then he has standing wraps and bell boots. ;)
     

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