Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Lovely wrapping job, BarrelRacingLvr! I got spooked when we didn't wrap some 28 years ago, and my friend's mare, who wasn't unhooked, reloaded herself and caught the front of her cannon bone on the metal below the step up, pulling the skin away about 12 " long. This happened at the Vet's clinic, where we were all going to get yearly vaccinations, so she was well attended to. Shipping boots or regular wraps w/quilts are very cheap compared to the damage done to your horse, who may never recover from such an injury. After ALL OF THE HOURS I spend training my horses, I believe it's worth the time spent wrapping. I Always wrap my shipping boots very tight. I use boots for short hauls, like the one hour to the farrier, and I wrap with quilts and polos for the long hauls. It's the long hauls that make shipping boots sag down.
There is an added plus--your horse is already trained to splint boots, and the like, if he/she is always wrapped for shipping. Do as you wish, but I will always wrap mine.