How do you wrap legs? Why do you wrap legs?
Almost every single horse owner will need to wrap legs for one reason or another at some point. Common reasons to wrap include a soft tissue injury to the lower leg, poultice application after a workout or for a veterinary reason, and "stocking up" overnight.
If you have never wrapped a leg before, please have your veterinarian or trainer show you how before you try this on your own. There can be complications from wrapping legs incorrectly or from using the wrong bandages. This article is only a guide - to learn you need some hands on demonstrations and practice. Your Vet should be able to walk you through it.
- Use thick quilts if you can. These are very forgiving and good to practice with.
- Instead of needing another set of hands to catch the outer stable bandages that are rolling away, put the stable bandage inside the quilts before you even start. They just roll on as a unit then. (see photos)
- Know what size stable bandage you need. Stable bandages are the outer, skinny wraps that come in zillions of colors. They come in pony, horse, and extra long for most brands. Usually, you want to cover the canon bone. You may cover a bit of the fetlock in the process.
- Remember that all wraps - quilts, polo wraps, bandage wraps, ice boots, you name it - should follow this general rule: Wrap from the inside of the leg and go around the front. There is much debate on if this rule of thumb is the definitive and only way to do things, but the point is to wrap legs consistently.
Painters tape can help secure the velcro. It will break if it needs to, avoid using duct tape.
- If you horse wants to chew them off, you can add some anti cribbing paste or foul tasting spray to prevent chewing. Remember that most contain capsaicin, which will test positive at shows. Check the label!
- Don't leave on for more than about 12 hours without unwrapping to see how things are going in there.
- If you use a poultice, add a layer of paper towel or newspaper or feed bag lining around the poultice before you wrap. If you are using a sweat, wrap with plastic wrap.
- The outside stable bandage with the velcro should end at the top of your quilt. It should also be evenly distributed from top to bottom. If you have five loops around the leg from bottom to top, and then 10 loops in the same place at the top, try again. You can always shorten the outer wrap if you have too much material!
- Feel the finished bandage to make sure it feels even along the whole leg.
That about covers it! Any thoughts, or tips, or tricks?