Which is better - the no-bow or the quilt when applying a standing wrap?


Much of this boils down to personal preference.  But, each type of padding has it’s advantages.  It’s ultimately what you use them for, and how they are applied that really matters.  I always suggest for the newbie wrapper two things - have your Veterinarian show you how to wrap properly, and practice using quilts.  Quilts (or pillow wraps as they are sometimes called) are more “forgiving” and have more give, so it makes them hard to apply too tightly.  


Quilts come in varying thicknesses, and often varying stitch patterns, as well.  Pick what you think you will like and try it out.  I tend to lean to the quilts that are have a bit more stitching over them, I think it makes the quilt more evenly thick throughout.  


Pick your favorite!  They also make great cat and dog beds when they get worn out.


Quilts are great for beginner wrappers, the cush helps prevent you from making them too tight.  They are also great for use in a trailer, for some reason my head says “more cush” is more protection.  Have no idea if this is true or not.  


Because quilts are thicker, they can also help knee and hock bandages stay put.  For horses with an injury, or that are in need of hock and knee protection, it’s often a battle of wills, expensive first aid tape, and graduate level engineering to make a hock wrap stay up.  Put a quilted standing wrap below and your hock wrap has a ledge to stay put on. 


I prefer the shiny knit stable bandages over the flannel styles.  Flannel is unforgiving, stains easily, and tends to warp in the laundry over time. 


No-bow wraps are also great for standing bandages, they are easier to apply as you are not wrestling so much bulk.  They are also at a greater risk of damage to your horse’s leg, as the wrap must not have any folds or wrinkles.  These create pressure points.  It’s also much easier to over-tighten a no-bow wrap, which puts your horse at risk of a bandage bow.  These bowed tendon injuries are the direct result of too much pressure from a wrap.  


No-bow wraps also take up much less space in your tack trunk or cabinet, so if you are cramped for storage this may be the way to go.  


Which do you prefer for your horse?  Or do you have sets of both?