How to bandage a horses leg´s

December 23, 2017
Horse Health 101: Learn when and how to wrap a horse's legs.

A correct leg wrap can provide support for your horse's tendons and ligaments. Journal photo
From the American Association of Equine Practitioners

To prevent tendon damage, wrap a horse's leg from the inside around the front of the leg. This means wrapping clockwise on right legs and counterclockwise on left legs.

A leg wrap has the correct amount of tension if you can get two fingers under it below the pastern and one finger under the wrap at the top.

More on Bandaging

According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, there are many reasons to bandage your horse's legs. Bandaging can provide both protection and support for the horse while working, traveling, resting or recovering from an injury.
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It is essential that you use proper leg bandaging techniques. Applied incorrectly, bandages might not only fail to do their job, they can cause discomfort, restrict blood flow and potentially damage tendons and other tissue.
Reasons to Bandage

Leg bandages are beneficial for several reasons:
Provide support for tendons and ligaments during strenuous workouts
Prevent or reduce swelling (edema) after exercise, injury or during stall rest
Protect legs from concussion and impact
Shield leg wounds from contamination and aid in healing
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General Bandaging Guidelines From AAEP

If you have never bandaged a horse's legs before, ask your veterinarian or an experienced equine professional to demonstrate the proper techniques. Practice under his or her supervision before doing it on your own.

Follow these basic guidelines:
Remove dirt, debris, soap residue or moisture to prevent skin irritation and dermatitis.
Start with clean, dry legs and bandages. If there is a wound, make sure it has been properly cleaned, rinsed and dressed according to your veterinarian's recommendations.
Continue reading more about how to bandage a horse's leg on AQHA Daily

Horse Wound Care Tips
In this free ebook, get great first-aid tips to ensure your horse heals as fast as possible.

Cuts and wounds are inevitably going to happen to your horse. Are you prepared? Download AQHA's FREE Horse Wound Care ebook so you will be able to properly treat your horse in the event of an injury.
Within this report you will find:
Components of a first-aid kit
How to care for a horse's wound
When to call the vet
How to prepare for the vet's visit

A five-step picture guide on how to properly bandage a minor leg wound
And more!
Educate yourself on when it is imperative that you contact the vet and when you can take care of the injury at home.

"Many of the cases that veterinarians deal with, and that I dealt with through my career through referral, are ones that were managed in most cases initially by the horse owners," says Dr. Ted Stashak, a professor emeritus
at Colorado State University. "Unfortunately, because of lack of recognition of how serious an injury it was, it then became serious because if became infected."

Dr. Stashak wrote "Equine Wound Management," was the editor for "Adams' Lameness in Horses" and was the main author and editor for "The Horse Owner's Guide to Lameness."

There are some areas on the horse that can appear to be minor injuries but can actually cause more damage than what can be seen on the exterior. These "danger zones" are highlighted for you in the FREE Horse Wound Care ebook so you won't make the mistake of classifying a more serious wound for a minor cut. Most of the danger zones lie over synovial structures that are at risk for infection when injured or damaged. These synovial structures are found mainly in the joints and are protective sheaths for tendons. If the wound starts discharging a yellowish fluid around one of these areas, it is most likely the synovial protective fluid and requires immediate care from a veterinarian.

Don't grab for that hydrogen peroxide and nitrofurazone product too quickly when it comes to your horse's wound first-aid. The Horse Wound Care ebook explains why these commonly used first-aid products might not be the best choice for your horse to heal the fastest. This report instead will tell you the best cleaning methods, including which cleaners to use, the dilutions to use them at and the correct cleaning procedures.

Do you know the ideal pressure to wash out a wound with? Did you know that you are supposed to wash out the wound at an angle? The Horse Wound Care ebook will make you a more prepared horse owner by explaining these tips and much more for you next horse injury.