Bandages, Wraps and Equi-chaps
Heavenly Horse Leg Wraps
When your horse’s legs need a little extra protection then look no further than the excellent range of horse bandages here at Equi Supermarket. We feature the finest bandages from the highly regarded Bridleway, Equilibrium, Woof Wear and Schockemohle collections. These are the names that you can trust to deliver the highest quality.
Correctly Using Horse Exercise Bandages
It's a good idea to use horse exercise bandages to protect your horse's legs during exercise. They provide excellent support for tendons and ligaments and are particularly useful for horses with strained or weak tendons or after certain leg injuries. Usually, horse exercise bandages are manufactured from a thin stretchy material which requires padding underneath. This reduces the pressure on the horse’s legs.
Putting on horse exercise bandages
It's vital that exercise bandages are applied correctly. If not, they may not do their job and they can even cause significant discomfort to your horse. They could restrict the flow of blood and even damage tissues and tendons. In fact, it's probably safer not to bandage your horse's legs at all rather than bandage them incorrectly. It's important that exercise bandages are applied by an experienced equestrian or at the very least that they're checked after they've been applied. Only one person should apply the bandages as this will ensure that there's even pressure on all four legs.
If your horse will be jumping, then you can secure the bandages with stitches or tape to stop them from becoming undone if they're caught on the fence. Bandages (and legs) should always be dry and clean. Any dirt underneath the material could result in discomfort, irritated skin and even injury. They should be taken off your horse's legs as soon as possible after exercise.
Horse Travel Bandages & Transport Tips
Travelling with your Horse? Don't forget their passport, digestive supplements and horse travel bandages.
Travelling with a horse can be a stressful event, not just for you, but for the horse too. After all, a confined environment, changes to his feed and water intake and visiting new places, can all combine to create tension and anxiety in your animal. It's important to prepare your vehicle, yourself and your horse in advance of travelling to ensure a smooth journey. This could include checking the tyres on the horsebox are roadworthy, planning your route and making sure you have clean horse travel bandages at the ready.
Here are 16 tips to make transporting your horse a less stressful task.
- Check your horsebox or trailer before your journey to make sure it is roadworthy and safe, especially if it hasn't been used for a while. The last thing you would want is to breakdown on a journey with your horse.
- On that note, invest in an emergency rescue policy that includes horses. Make sure you keep the membership card in your vehicle whilst travelling.
- Check your mobile phone is fully charged and take a charger with you.
- Don't leave home without your horse's passport. It's actually against the law to transport your horse without it.
- Carry a first aid kit - for horses and humans. When you are out on the road it's always good to be prepared for minor injuries. Check out our guide to stocking up your first aid kit.
- Carry more hay and water than you think you might need, just in case. Also it might be a good idea to carry some supplies for yourself as well.
- Don't travel if your horse is ill. Even having a mild illness before they travel can make them more likely to develop serious health conditions. This includes shipping fever – a respiratory disease related to long periods of travel, by road, air and sea.
- On journeys longer than three hours, find somewhere safe to stop and untie your horse. This will allow him to lower his head to a more natural position and help to clear mucus; reducing the risk of him contracting pneumonia or shipping fever. You could always use some treats to encourage him to lower his head too.
- Allow adequate ventilation and be sure to clean out the vehicle regularly during your journey. It's a good idea to avoid dusty hay if possible. This will reduce the chances of respiratory problems.
- If possible, try to keep your horses feed or hay the same as usual. This helps to prevent sudden changes in diet which can cause upset.
- Consider using digestive enhancer supplements at stages of the journey. This will aid your horse's digestion.
- Avoid over-clothing your horse for the conditions. Remember, your horse will be using his muscles to balance on the journey. Horses aren't as susceptible to cold temperatures as we humans are and they prefer to be too cool than too warm.
- Use horse travel bandages or boots. This helps to protect horses' legs if they catch them on a partition or accidentally kick themselves during transport. It's important to make sure your horse is comfortable, so keep the bandage wrinkle free and the pressure even when putting them on. Horse travel bandages will also offer some extra support for the lower leg.
- Plan your route in advance, consider the size of your vehicle and watch out for bridges and narrow roads. Check the traffic before you leave too.
- Find out where veterinary practices are on your route. This will ensure that if your horse does need urgent care you know where to find it and can reach it quickly.
- Your horse will become tired after a long, hot ride. Think about leaving home earlier and stabling overnight if possible. The quality of your driving will have an effect on the effort your horse must make to keep his balance. Be sure to drive as smoothly as you can and at reasonable speeds.
- Whether you plan on transporting your horse to your local show in a trailer or taking them further across the country in a sophisticated lorry, you'll want to ensure that the journey is smooth and without any long delays. Following these tips will help ensure that stress is kept to a minimum, for both you and your horse.
A guide to correct bandaging
- Make sure that the Gamgee/Fibagee is the right size for your horse.
- Wrap the padding around the leg smoothly. Work from the front to the back and finish on the outside.
- Begin bandaging from the very top of the padding, leaving a three-inch tab above the padding. Wrap in the same direction as the padding.
- After the initial turn of the bandage, fold down this tab and then do the second turn over the top to secure the end.
- Continue bandaging down the leg, covering roughly two thirds of the turn of the bandage every time. Be sure to keep the pressure even as you move down the leg and make sure there are no wrinkles in the bandage or the padding underneath.
- Bandage down to the level of the ergot and then return up the leg. Leave an inverted "V" at the front of the fetlock joint where the exercise bandage crosses itself. Maintain the same amount of pressure as you return up the leg.
- Keep the ties flat as you wrap them around your horse's leg. It's important to make sure that they're not any tighter than the bandage. Use a reef knot to secure the ties on the outside the leg. Never secure them on the bone on the front of the leg or the tendon at the back.
- Fold the top half of the bandage down in order to cover the knot. If your horse is competing, it's a good idea to secure the bandage with a few strips of tape. Make sure you don't pull the tape too tightly as this may damage the tendon.
- You can achieve greater security by sewing the bandage in place.
You will love the soft fleece bandages which are perfect for the stable or for when you are travelling. We also offer polo bandages and the excellent Stretch & Flex® bandages from the innovators at Equilibrium.
Stretch & Flex Horse Bandages
Stretch & Flex bandages by Equilibrium have proved to be a big hit with many leading riders. They provide exceptional protection for horses’ legs and are both flexible and breathable. This collection is fashioned from Stomate, which is a special type of neoprene. The bandages efficiently wick moisture away from your horse’s skin and so leave them feeling comfortable at all times.
As with everything in the Equi Supermarket range, we offer our horse bandages at the lowest possible prices. We understand that you need many accessories in order to take good care of your horse and so we aim to make it as easy as possible for you to afford everything.