Horse Care & Buying Tips : How to Properly Wrap a Horse’s Leg
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Horse Care & Buying Tips : How to Properly Wrap a Horse’s Leg

August 21, 2019


Knowing how to wrap a horse’s leg properly
is extremely important for a number of reasons. We use it after long, strenuous rides to help
support our horse’s legs and keep them from getting swollen, and also in case of any injury
for the same reasons, to help support your horse’s leg. You want to begin with making
sure your horse’s leg is clean, and then take the pillow wrap and always pulling towards
the back, start to wrap it around pulling towards the back. Important to keep it pretty
snug so it doesn’t slide down. Then we’ll take the flannel wrap and start in about the
middle of the horse’s leg pulling taut as I come across the front of the horse’s leg
and slowly working my way down and then slowly working my way up. You’ll notice every time
I come across the front I’m pulling it tight. When you finish, the wrap should be smooth
and the velcro should definitely be pointing towards the back as long as you did it the
right way. If instead somehow you’ve ended up with it pointing towards the front or around
towards the back but it’s going towards the front across the front of the leg, it means
you need to start again.

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  1. technically, i think you're supposed to start the flannel wrap at the top, but it probbly doesn't matter…just not too tight or else you cut off circulation!

  2. The video above is of a standing wrap. They are generally used when a horse has an injured leg such as bowed tendons, severe inflamation, etc. Both polo wraps and splint boots are athletic wraps. Polos are fleece wraps that are wrapped a little differently than stable wraps (they begin at the top, with a tail that runs along the tendons on the back of the leg). They are used to protect the horse's legs and offer support from strain on tendons and ligaments.

  3. If wrapped poorly, they can do more harm than good, so splint boots offer the same support without actually wrapping the leg like you would with a polo. They are becoming a popular first choice over polo wraps, because they leave less room for error. Also, correction to earlier statement: I have since seen standing wraps done from top to bottom and back up to the top, much like you would a polo. I am thinking that either way is a safe practice, if done properly.

  4. Great vid I just have a quick question how do I know what size my horse is for pillow and standing wraps

  5. @TorqueBrooklyn it depends. If the boot has neoprene in it, the yes, it will provide *some* support. but not that much support to call them supportive. The neoprene will just absorb some of the shock from the impact of the horse's foot hitting the ground

  6. That just looks like it's going to cause to much heat. Though I don't ride english so I'm not sure. = I just put polo wraps on for maybe fourty minutes at a time so my horse doesn't swell or over heat.

  7. just a tip you should of used colored leg raps instead of grey so we culd see it better against the white pad and gray horse. great vid tho!!!

  8. I think they meant the kind of splint boots that have the leather patch on the inside and don't go below the fetlock. 🙂 But yes, there are some boots such as sports medicine boots that support the leg!

  9. its not to put heat on it on purpose or to cause swelling there are many reasons why they do this… i have to wrap my horses legs because they are swollen

  10. I´m sorry, but you are ´hiding´ the swelling by wrapping them, not helping them. I reiterate, if your horse´s legs are swelling then you need to look at the work your are doing with him, or a deficiency in his diet. Disguising the swelling behind wraps is not the answer.

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