Wrapping Horses’ Legs
AQHA Professional Horsewoman Bonnie Minor demonstrates how to apply a polo wrap and standing wraps, two techniques every horseman should know.
By Holly Wilson, fall 2016 AQHA communications and digital marketing intern | January 10, 2017
Whether you’re doctoring a bowed tendon or working your horse, wrapping your horse’s legs is important. It is also equally important to know what kind of wrap to use in specific situations, such as injury or exercise.
When to Wrap
- To protect their legs
- Overnight to prevent swelling
What kind of wrap should I use?
AQHA Professional Horsewoman Bonnie Minor recommends a polo wrap for exercise.
A polo wrap is a bandage made from a fleece material that is about five or six inches wide. It is specifically made to go around the horse’s leg.
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Note: It is very important that your horse’s leg is clean and dry before you put a wrap on.
How to apply a polo wrap
- Apply the end of the polo wrap in the middle of the cannon bone.
- Begin rolling toward the inside of your horse’s leg. (Counterclockwise on left legs, clockwise on right legs.)
- As you roll down, drop down about an inch at a time, making sure that everything is wrinkle- and fold-free.
- When you come across the front bone of your horse, snug it tightly, but not tight.
- Go down below the fetlock and cup it so that the wrap is angled a bit when you come back up.
- Continue rolling on up to the bottom of the knee, and go back down to your starting point to secure the velcro.
If your polo wrap is too loose, it will start to sag and can cause injury to your horse.
How to apply a standing wrap
A standing wrap consists of a nylon bandage and cotton quilted pad. There are various kinds of sizes and standing wraps, depending on your preference.
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- When you put in on, roll the quilt.
- Again, place the quilt on the cannon bone.
- Make sure that your quilt is just below the knee and just above the fetlock.
- Take your nylon bandage and roll it the same way as the polo wrap.
- Make sure that you do not go below your quilt with the bandage.
- Make sure that it is snug, and leave space above the top as well.
- Secure the nylon with the velcro, to ensure a firm hold.
Knowing how to wrap your horse’s legs is so important to their health and safety. Watch below as AQHA Professional Horsewoman Bonnie Minor applies both wraps.