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When trailering, do you wrap or use shipping boots or au natural?

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  • Can you trailer a horse in splint boots
  • Do you wrap only front legs when trailering a horse

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    04-02-2012, 12:30 AM
I wrap it depends on the horse some with out some with If the horse is quiet on the trailer then no wrap needed-also some do not like wraps on at all
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    04-02-2012, 01:03 AM
Green Broke
Never have wrapped my horses legs and have never regretted it either. I also don't know anyone that has ever had anything more then a nick and darn few of those.
    04-02-2012, 05:18 AM
I am terminally paranoid no matter how well the horse trailers/trailered. While I only recently went with shipping boots, I used to be a wrapper..I didn't care if we were going 20 miles away or 2; the horse never entered a trailer without leg and hoof protection though admittedly, I did cheat after a bit...I would wrap the leg and use bell boots all around to protect the coronet and hoof.

I do have to admit, I love these shipping boots just for the convenience.
    04-02-2012, 06:20 AM
I don't wrap or boot. The only injury we have ever had in 10+ years of regular (Like every weekend) hauling was when one horse kicked the other, and that was a superficial cut.

We have a camera and I feel this is a much better way to safeguard my horses. If something happens, we immediately know and can remedy it. When the horse started kicking, we pulled over right away and wrapped just those legs.

Wrapping on some horses can make them travel worse - Wrapping in hot weather (When we do most of our travelling) keeps heat in the legs. A wrap can come undone and tangle around legs, a boot can slip down under the hoof.
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    04-02-2012, 06:26 AM
Green Broke
ALWAYS boot, without fail.

I've never had them slip, and think its well worth it- just in case. A friend bought me some for a present.. in champagne.. WORST colour choice ever haha!
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    04-02-2012, 08:39 AM
My horse is trailered loose in a stock trailer and is content to travel backwards. Never been a need for leg protection as he's quiet in the trailer.
    04-02-2012, 10:01 AM
I put splint boots on my horse for short hauls because she has scratched her self up good before, she also wears bellboots on her fronts. I've had her hauled far before and not wrapped her bc the pro haulers don't suggest it for that long of a distance(ex: 3+ days when I've moved), it does more harm then good with the risks of wrapping for that amount of time and slipping, etc.
    04-02-2012, 12:12 PM
I have both shipping boots and no-bows/standing wraps. Honestly, I have no idea why I have the shipping boots because only the front legs fit by big gelding - the backs are too small by a good margin. However, the entire set is too big for either of my other two (maybe the "baby" will grow into them one day?). :/
    04-02-2012, 12:20 PM
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.
    04-02-2012, 07:08 PM
My mare sometimes gets ancy in the trailer so I always wrap. Yes it takes time, but I want to protect those precious legs.

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