There are a variety of reasons why one would wrap a horse's leg. There are exercise wraps, stable wraps, and shipping wraps. Knowing how to properly wrap a horse's leg is beneficial to all horsemen. While correctly wrapping a horse's leg is useful in many situations, incorrectly wrapping can cause more harm than help. When wrapping a horse's leg, there are several different factors to consider. One must know whether to wrap to the inside or to the outside of the horse's leg. The question of wrapping clockwise or counter clockwise must also be answered. Learning how to wrap a horse's leg is not difficult to learn but it is important to learn how to do correctly.
An exercise wrap is a wrap used to support the horse's leg during a fitness workout. To begin this type of wrap, make sure that the wraps are rolled.
- The roll should be placed at the bone just below the knee of the horse. The wrapping will begin with the end of the roll against the horse's leg and moving toward the outside of the leg.
- Wrap down the leg first creating a snug fit and overlapping the wrap by about half its width. If you are working on the horse's left side, you will wrap counter clockwise. Working on the horse's right side requires wrapping clockwise.
- When you reach the bottom of the horse's leg that appears to "cup," you will wrap back up to the beginning.
- Be certain that the wrap is even throughout the leg. You should not have an excess or shortage of wrap when you reach the top.
A stable wrap or standing bandage is used after an injury occurs. They help reduce swelling of the leg. These wraps have two parts, a pillow and a bandage.
- You will need to begin with the pillow placed below the knee and reaching down the leg.
- The pillow will be wrapped from the front of the leg to the back using an even amount of pressure. As before, left goes counter clockwise and right goes clockwise.
- Begin wrapping the bandage by starting the wrap in the middle of the horse's leg.
- The bandage will wrap down the leg overlapping and then back up.
- It is important to leave a small amount of the pillow (around 1/2 inch) exposed at both the top and the bottom of the bandage wrap.
- The bandage will end near the middle or top. Secure the bandage with spiral tape.