Wraps and Leg Protection
Horse leg wraps and boots can be used during riding, training or showing for leg protection and support to the tendons and ligaments while running, jumping or turning, against “interference” from one of the horse’s other hooves, or for protection when hitting a jump.
Horse Boots Explained
There are many types of boots that are used for protecting the horse’s legs during riding, training, competition and turnout.
These are used to protect the horse’s legs during transportation. They are wrapped so that they protect the area from the lower leg and ankle to right underneath of the knee.
Often, if horses require leg protection solely for transportation, a commercial shipping boot can be used. Shipping boots are heavy duty Velcro boots used to protect the lower leg and heels during travel and are easily put on and off with three Velcro strips. There is less of a risk for injury using a Shipping Boot than a Shipping Wrap.
How To Wrap a Shipping or Standing Bandage
Shipping and Standing Wraps must be wrapped correctly to protect against injury rather than to cause injury! A “Quilt” is the padding that goes underneath the Shipping or Standing Bandage. The quilt should be wrapped beginning on the inside of the leg with the roll of extra bandage on top and should go in a circular motion around the horse’s leg from the inside to the outside.
Pressure should always be put on the front of the horse’s leg where the bone is rather than on the back where the tendons and ligaments are. Pressure on the wrong part of the leg could cause an injury or “bow” to the tendon!
Once you have placed the quilt on the horse’s leg, hold with one hand and begin to wrap the bandage the same way and direction, with the extra wrap roll on top, in an outward, circular motion from each leg. Your wrap should begin in the middle, gradually going down around the ankle, back up to underneath of the knee, and finishing with the Velcro in the middle. The Velcro should be fastened pointing to the horse’s tail if it is wrapped in the correct direction.