Learn how to properly wrap a horse’s leg with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
If you’re a horse owner, you’ll have to wrap your horse’s legs at some point. Bandages can be used to help support the horse’s legs when they’re in stalls or being transported. They can also be used for wrapping an injury or to hold medication in place. Whether it’s to provide support and protection while your horse is recovering from an injury, working or resting, it’s important to know how to properly wrap a horse’s leg. Follow along with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
How to Wrap a Horse’s Leg
1. What You’ll Need – To wrap your horse’s legs, you’ll need both leg wraps and bandages. The leg wraps are typically made from cotton or jersey, and come quilted or with a foam core. Bandages are made of flannel or nylon, with velcro on the inside. They should be wrapped so the velcro is on the inside – the tighter it’s wrapped, the easier it is to apply to the leg.
2. Get Your Horse Ready – Your horse should be secured, with weight evenly distributed on all four legs. It helps to have another person there with you, too.
3. Wrapping the Leg Wraps – Start by placing the edge of the leg wrap on the cannon bone, and rolling it on firmly. Make sure the wrap is firm and flat. Start over if there are any wrinkles or bumps, as these can cause pressure points on your horse’s tendons.
4. Applying the Bandage – Hold the leg wrap in place, and start applying the bandage halfway down the leg wrap. Unwrap the bandage in the same direction as the leg wrap. Tuck the end of the bandage under the wrap to hold it in place. Make a loop around the leg to hold the bandage in place, and then work your way down and back up the leg. Each layer of the bandage should cover half of the previous layer. Secure the bandage with the velcro.
Properly wrapping a horse’s leg requires skill and practice. When you’re applying wraps and bandages, there are a few things to watch out for. If the bandages are too loose, they can fall off the horse, causing injury or make the horse uncomfortable. If the wraps and bandages are too tight, it can cause pressure on the horse’s legs. To keep pressure distribution even, always wrap either both hind legs or both front legs. If you’re ever unsure, ask your fellow horse owners or veterinarian for help.