Category: Training Equipment

The Correct Way To Bandage Or Wrap Your Horse’s Legs [Video] - Polo bandages.jpgThere are many reasons you may want or need to bandage your horse’s legs, and many different types of bandage or leg-wraps are available to do the job.

Polo bandages are generally made of a thick fleece material and are used mainly for protection:

  • For ridden work;
  • For lungeing;
  • When the horse is turned out in a yard or pasture.

Leg wraps are thick pads that must be worn under all bandages except polo wraps.  They spread the pressure of the bandage and thus prevent damage to the horse’s leg (especially the tendons) from bandages that are too tight, or are put on with uneven pressure.

It is vital that you know how to safely and correctly put on polo wraps and standing wraps on horses.

Wrapped too tightly, a horse’s leg can suffer a bowed tendon or other injury;  too loose, and the bandage can slip down and may be stepped on and torn.  Poorly applied work bandages could cause injury to the horse and/or the rider if they come loose during exercise.

After the bandages have been removed, the horse’s legs should be given a brisk rub in an upwards direction to stimulate circulation.

Always wash your horse’s bandages after use. Never use dirty bandages, as soiled material is stiff and hard.

Watch this how-to video for the proper leg-wrapping technique from the Certified Horsemanship Association:

Other types of bandages

Stable bandages are used:

  • For warmth and to keep the circulation active;
  • To assist in the drying-off of wet legs;
  • For keeping poultices in position;
  • To protect legs while travelling;
  • To prevent the legs from filling.

Exercise bandages are used:

  • As a protection against injury during work.

Surgical bandages are used:

  • To cover and protect wounds;
  • For poulticing of the leg when there is a likelihood of swelling;
  • For wounds on joints.

All of these bandages require leg wraps underneath them to help spread the pressure of the bandage.

Horse bandages of all types and colors can be purchased at all tack stores and some feed stores, but here is a selection available at Amazon to get you started: