Basics of Bandaging
Horses’ legs are precious. The blood supply to these delicate limbs lies close to the surface, so it is little wonder that we want to ensure the legs are protected from knocks and strain. Bandaging is a great way to provide support and protection, not only during exercise but while the horse is travelling, in the stall and recovering after an injury. Bandaging technique is very important – if the pressure is too tight, or if the bandage is uneven or the fabric crossed over, it can constrict the blood supply and cause rubbing and will fail to provide the correct support. Conversely, if applied too loosely, the bandage will fall off and become a hazard for tripping or getting caught on fencing, gates etc.
If a bandage is restricting blood flow, you may notice your horse pawing at the ground, swelling developing around the bandage and a decrease in hoof temperature. In these circumstances, the bandage has been applied too tightly and should be removed and reapplied. Other essential points to remember are that bandages should always be applied in pairs (never on their own) and if the material is non-stretch or fleece it can be applied directly to the leg, whereas elastic bandages should always be applied over padding such as sheet cotton.
Step-by-step guide to bandaging
Like most aspects of equine health care, bandaging becomes easier with practice. At first, however, it can be fiddly, tricky and frustrating. Make your life easier by incorporating these simple tips into your bandaging protocol:
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Great information as always! Any tips on getting my mare to stand still when I'm bandaging?
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