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Leg wraps and pads can be used for several different occasions such as exercise, travelling or just... Read More
Leg wraps and pads can be used for several different occasions such as exercise, travelling or just in the stable. Different leg wraps can be used for each vulnerable part of the horse’s legs, or you may just want to protect the full leg below the knee. There are different leg wraps for different purposes, some keep joints warm or cold to ease or reduce swelling and increase blood circulation such as the Gel-Eze Under-bandage for example.
Leg wraps for example may just be used to keep your horse’s legs clean and tidy ready for a competition or a hack, however the main purpose for leg wraps/pads is to protect against any knocks or scrapes. Leg socks and wraps both protect against mud fever and skin irritation due to the secure fitting and support that they provide. Leg pads are different to wraps and socks as they provide an extra cushion under a bandage, this acts as a shock absorbent which offers extra protection for the horse’s legs. Here at Discount Equestrian we can provide you with breathable, comfortable, easy to use legs wraps/pads with no restriction for your horse. The never-failing brands include WoofWear, Veredus, NEW, Lemieux, HY, Equilibrium and many more!
Stable Wraps – Stable wraps/pads can be used for many things such as keeping your horse’s legs warm – extra padding can be placed under the wraps for extra warmth and protection, they can also be used to prevent your horse’s legs swelling after hard exercise and are mostly used to keep injuries covered and protected by keeping medical padding in place. Stable wraps should start just under the horse’s knee and finish on the horse’s pastern/ankle. Stable wraps and pads are usually made from thick fleece material to ensure that the horse is comfortable but the boots still provide support and allow their legs to breath.
Dressage Wraps – Dressage wraps are used to support the ligaments, tendons and muscles in your horse’s legs during dressage or any other exercise. These wraps should start from the top of the lower part of the leg and finish just above the pastern/ankle and have what looks like an upside down ‘v` at the front of the pasterns, you apply the wrap the same way as the stable wrap however instead you angle it on a diagonal when wrapping around the leg, when at the bottom you change the angle to upward facing and wrap back up the leg to finish at the top so that you end up with an upside down ‘V’ at the front-bottom of the wrap. Dressage wraps are normally a stretchier material than stable wraps so they can provide more support while also allowing flexibility by stretching and moving with the leg during the exercise.