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post #1 of 4 Old 10-01-2014, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Compression socks

Hi! So I posted a few weeks ago about my horse getting a cut on her fetlock. Well, the cut is now healed over, she is sound on the ground and while I ride her, but she is still having some minor swelling in the leg. There isn't any heat, just puffiness. I was told to wrap her to add some compression with that swelling to make it go away, but my horse likes to play with her wraps so much so that she will pick up her rear leg, bring it to her face and use her teeth to get the wraps off. I don't think she likes the bulkiness of standing wraps on her legs. I found the equi flexsleeve compression "socks" but no tack store around me sells them, and shipping can take 4-8 days to get to me, which I would rather not wait on. So I got to thinking, and maybe you have some insight, could I use something like a human compression bandage (the tubular kind that comes on a roll and you cut to the length you need) or could I buy compression socks for humans and cut the toe part out? I need something that isnt bulky that she could also go outside in and that will not slip down, but still providing that compression.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-01-2014, 04:46 PM
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I am not sure how human compression stockings would work. However, regarding the bandage chewing, have you tried one of the no-chew products to spray on the finished bandage?
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-01-2014, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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• Horses: 1's not that she chews it's just a quick grab with her teeth and she works them off, she will also use her other leg to rub it off if it's too bulky. I've read of people using tubigrip under boots and what have you, and that is a tubular compression bandage you cut to your length, but I wanted to see if there's any other as I haven't seen tubigrip near me
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-03-2014, 03:56 AM
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I was stupid enough to buy the equi sox compression sox for my horse, all four of them for a total of over $80. Useless at best. Could be harmful to your horse.

They sounded so great. No need to wrap they said, just slide on these wonder sox etc.

The reality of it is that provided you don't do any major damage to your horse getting the things on, my horse does have glue on shoes so that might of made it harder for me, but they don't stay up. You have to pull them up the leg forcing the hair to go in the wrong direction and then slide them down to the proper position which you have to enjoy in the first minute because they slide down as soon as you turn around. They stayed up a little longer the first time I used them. They stayed up until I left the ranch and who knows what happened then but when I got back in the morning they were all down around her pasterns and had wrinkled and when I removed them there were ridges in her legs from them. Tried them again just recently when it was very hot out and I didn't want to use her SMB II boots for our hand walk. They slid down within 10 minutes.

When you are wrapping your horse with standing wraps are you making sure to do it evenly and not to tight? Maybe they bug her and that is why she removes them. I don't know just throwing it out there. My horse leaves her standing wraps on.

There is medical stockinette that you can buy by the roll that you could slip over your standing wraps that might help to keep her from grabbing the standing wrap but probably if she is so motivated to get them off she will figure out how to do it somehow.
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