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    04-02-2012, 07:30 PM
  #21
Foal
I always use shipping boots no matter how short the drive. I learned my lesson a few years ago about not wrapping or protecting their legs. All it takes is one bad driver on the road, one person to cut you off in traffic that causes your horses to step on themselves trying to keep their balance. I ended up with a hurt horse, huge vet bill and having to miss several shows because of it.
     
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    04-02-2012, 11:00 PM
  #22
Foal
I always wrap my horse's legs because even if its a short trip, there are a lot of idiots out there in cars and you never know what could happen. Better safe than sorry.
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    04-02-2012, 11:33 PM
  #23
Yearling
I never wrap. I haul 2-3 times a week normally. These trips are short, anywhere from 5 mins to an hour. And quite a few times a year, I have competitions furtger away. Some being 5 hours away. And I have never had a problem. Even when hauling in a packed stock trailer with no dividers.
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    04-03-2012, 08:29 AM
  #24
Started
I always use shipping boots, no matter the distance. Why risk it? The dover line of shipping boots never slip down the horse's leg.
     
    04-03-2012, 09:05 AM
  #25
Foal
travel boots

I always wrap my horses legs with travel bandage, first the cotton wrap (the ones that look and are very much like diaper pads you put down under the baby's bottom) and then the travel bandages. It is a quick wrap with Velcro. This provides protection if they do something silly, and gives a bit of support to the leg, when they are standing in the same spot for a period of time. An ounce of prevention....
     
    04-03-2012, 01:50 PM
  #26
Started
I don't wrap my current horse- I will probably start when he starts wearing shoes, but until then he is very quiet to haul and I feel like an extra something on his legs would do more harm than it's worth. The horse I was previously leasing, however, would kick up a storm in the trailer AND was wearing shoes, so she got booted. I think it depends on the horse and how they haul.
     
    04-03-2012, 05:54 PM
  #27
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Originally Posted by GrittyCowgirl    
I always use shipping boots no matter how short the drive. I learned my lesson a few years ago about not wrapping or protecting their legs. All it takes is one bad driver on the road, one person to cut you off in traffic that causes your horses to step on themselves trying to keep their balance. I ended up with a hurt horse, huge vet bill and having to miss several shows because of it.

Same here. When I was younger my family never wrapped and on the way to a show my mare lost her balance and raked one barefoot hoof down the inside of the opposite leg. Nasty injury + getting backside chewed out by the vet + lost show time = five extra minutes to boot up or wrap.
Better safe than injured.
Also, having traveled to shows with large stables and the narrow misses on the roadways or the need to slam on the brakes to avoid a dumb driver have happened so many times that without the boots the show horses would have gotten really hurt.
To me the injury potential is just not worth it when boots or wraps aren't really all that hard, time consuming, or expensive.
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    04-03-2012, 07:18 PM
  #28
Green Broke
My horse always goes commando.
     
    04-03-2012, 10:16 PM
  #29
Weanling
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Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr    
Yes I ALWAYS wrap legs, but that is how I was raised....take care of your horses legs because without legs you don't have a horse. I don't care if it takes more time for me to wrap then to where we are going I want to have my horses legs wrapped and protected. Some people say it is a waste of time...I would rather take the time needed to keep my horse sound, healthy and happy.

do you live in Minnesota, I feel like I have seen your horses and trailer...
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    04-03-2012, 10:26 PM
  #30
Trained
I normally wrap, especially for long hauls. I'm not as pick about short hauls but still do most of the time. Mine never slip down, even with this horrible wrapping job with boots a size too big (Desperate times, desperate measures....)

     

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