To provide support, for tendons and ligaments during strenuous work schedules.
To protect limbs from concussion and impact.
To prevent or reduce swellings during stabling, after injury or exercise.
To protect wounds from outside contamination and shield any medications applied.
There are a number of wonderful bandaging products available on the market that all have specific qualities and specialised fabrics for their desired purpose. Always be sure to use the correct type for the use intended, if in doubt seek advice.
The basic rules are as follow:-
Appling the wrong sort of bandage to a wet leg may mean that when it dries the bandage contracts and may inhibit blood pressure around the leg area.
2. Make sure any padding you use is totally flat and wrinkle free when presented on the leg.
3. Begin bandaging on the inside of the cannon bone and unravel in a clock wise motion. Never start on a joint or tendon.
4. Maintain consistent pressure when applying not too tight and not to slack.
5. Bandage in a lateral yet gentle spiral pattern keeping the distance between each turn equal all the way up and down and up again trying to finish towards the top.
x NOTE: This image clearly shows how not to apply. The angle of the bandage is to acute resulting in ripples and uneven pressure.
Note: CORRECT BANDAGE APPLICATION
The picture on the left shows a bandage that has been applied correctly.
It is tidy, equidistant rounds, supporting the fetlock joint and tied off smoothy just below the knee
6. Re- bandage your horse everyday unless otherwise instructed by your vet.
7. Machine wash the bandages frequently or if disposable do not use time after time.
8. Always be aware of a horse's quickness. Do not sit on the ground or place your self in a vulnerable position when applying a bandage to a front or hind leg.
9. When treating an injury always apply the recommended dressing material in the correct order.
10. When only one leg is under treatment always support the other leg with a bandage.