Tips to Wrap Your Horse’s Legs Like a Pro

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Wrapping a horse’s legs is one of the more challenging aspects of grooming and caring for your horse. Whether your horse is injured or just needs some extra support, you will probably have to wrap his legs at some point. These tips can help you to wrap your horse’s legs like a pro.

Start With Clean and Dry Legs

Always make sure that your horse’s legs are clean and dry before you start wrapping them. Wrapping over dirt or debris can irritate your horse’s skin, leading to sores. You should also make sure that the wraps you are using are clean and free of debris like shavings.

Always Wrap in the Correct Direction

Before you start wrapping, stop and make sure that you’re wrapping each leg in the correct direction. You should always be wrapping across the front of the leg, rather than pulling on the tendons in the back of the leg. If you’re not sure of just how to wrap a leg, ask an experienced horseperson to teach you.

Start Your Wrap in the Right Spot

Pay attention to where you place the end of the wrap against your horse’s leg. You don’t want to put the end directly on a tendon, ligament, or the front of the cannon bone – this can cause excess pressure. Instead, tuck the end of the wrap into one of the spaces in the side of your horse’s leg, avoiding pressure and pinching.

Keep Your Pressure Even

As you wrap, make an effort to keep your pressure even. Once you’ve finished the wrap, test it by pulling at the layers in the top, middle, and bottom of the wrap. The layers should all have the same amount of give to them, and you shouldn’t be able to fit more than two fingers snugly into each of the layers. If you find that any of the layers are loose, remove the wrap and rewrap it – a wrap that’s too loose could fall down and snag around your horse’s legs.

Never Settle for a Poor Wrap

Wrapping legs is a difficult task that takes time and repetition to learn. If you wrap a horse’s legs incorrectly, you could risk bowing a tendon or otherwise injuring your horse’s legs. It’s so important that you learn to wrap correctly and well.

Wrapping isn’t something that you’ll pick up right away. Instead, spend some time wrapping and rewrapping your horse’s legs until you can consistently produce quality wraps. Remember, even the pros had to practice – soon you will have excellent leg wrapping skills.

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