At one point or another in the life of your horse, it’s more than probable that you will have to bandage one of its legs.
Be it the very fine leg of an arabian horse or the sturdy leg of a workhorse, the basics are the same.
If bandaging is not the most difficult thing to do, there are still right ways and wrong ways to do it. And it’s not a matter to neglect.
However, bandaging and wrapping, while useful, are not wholly benign. Improper application and/or use of an inappropriate bandaging material can do more harm than leaving the leg unwrapped.
Most bandages include two or three layers :
- The topical dressing, which is the medicine or active product meant to cure or soothe some injury or soreness.
- Some padding made of thick cotton or other material.
- The compressive ot securing layer which role is to maintain the whole thing together.
Bandages and wraps have numerous uses in the horse world but like many things, they can cause good or ill. Proper materials, application, and devices for the case at hand are all critical to safe and successful bandaging. Equally important is experienced instruction, as the information in this article can in no way replace a veterinarian’s experience and advice.
If you need more precise information, there is plenty in this excellent source article Bandaging Fundamentals
Beautiful and demonstrative photo of a bandaged horse leg was taken by eXtensionHorses on Flickr