Wraps for cross country?
I am wondering if Track bandages like these:
Turf Knits (Knit Bandages) - Jeffers
TRACE BRACE BANDAGE 4 IN X8 .5 FT & 2 INCH EZ PULL FASTEN-Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supply
would be good for cross country schooling? I know it says on the first link that they are great for dipping in water and that is mostly what I am worried about. I know that polo wraps are not good to be going in water because they swell and then sag. But these are an elastic material that doesn't absorb so well. So what are your thoughts on using these kinds of wraps on a cross country course that includes water.
Any help will be great.
I think your best bet is to buy boots. Woof boots are great and inexpensive, but my personal favorite are Premier Equine Air-Cooled Eventing boots. Neither retain water.
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Personally I don;t think wraps give enough protection to the leg XC. I agree with boots - I use Trizone Airlite Impact Sport Boots.... fantastic things, lightweight, dont' retain water, have front kevlar strike pads as well as brushing pads to help with fence impacts, have tendon support and have an extra velcro strap layer to stop boots coming off.
I've used elasticated bandages a lot in the UK for schooling in and showjumping but they're no good in mud or water at all so I wouldn't advice you to spend money on them. They really wouldn't give enough protection for cross country fences either - they just don't roll off when you hit them the way smooth round poles balanced on cups do.
Can you not get some pony size boots that will fit?
If You get wraps they are quite dangerous if thety are not put on right.They can onwrap and trip the horse buckle or velcro boots are good but expensive.Woof wear do good quality cheap boots
Just the bandages alone are not suitable for cross country. If you are really set on using bandages instead of boots, just about your only option is to get yourself a pair or Porter or Richland boots, and over those you wrap the Saratoga or Trace bandage. They are not the easiest, quickest or most common set up, but they do work well and do not hold water. Nunn Finer makes the Richland boot, they are not that common in a lot of tack stores, but you can find them online. Make sure you use duct tape or electrical tape to secure the velcro as well.
I would not trust wraps to stay on during a cross country course. At least if boots came off they would just fall to the ground, but the wraps could tangle around the horses legs and if you didn't notice or pull up in time, he could tourniquet himself.
Thanks guys. I will begin my search for boots that fit him.
try size small woof boots. my pony is the same way, short chunky legs. woof boots fit him really well.
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