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Re: [RC] leg wrap survey - Elizabeth Walker

I'm closer to Merri than to D'Arcy.  

For my reason to wrap - I've heard that, over time, consistent stocking up can 
distend the tissues so that the stocking up becomes a chronic problem.  The 
theory I've heard is that wrapping helps to prevent this.  I have no evidence 
one way or the other, but I do know that wrapping after strenuous work has been 
done for a long time.  I board at a hunter/jumper barn, and they will wrap 
after a show - ice for 20-30 minutes, then liniment and standing wrap overnight.

For me, at a ride, I usually did not wrap while at the ride.  Instead, I would 
walk 2 or 3 times the evening after the ride, which seemed to work fine.

I do use polo wraps when trailering - most of my trailer rides are 2 hours our 
less.  The wraps are snug enough to stay up, but I don't put polos on tightly.  
I would be really interested in hearing more on the do's and don'ts of trailer 
wraps.  I wrap because I want to try and prevent accidental knocks and scrapes. 
I use polos because most of the trailer wraps seem to be made for warmbloods - 
not little arabs.

Generally, after I got home, I would put on a standing wrap, as the horse was 
going into a 24 x 24 corral rather than a pasture.  I would do the ice, 
liniment and standing wrap routine, similar to the hunter/jumper folks.  I use 
Sore-No-More, which has arnica in it, and seems to be very mild to sensitive 
skin.  Since I discovered the Sore-No-More poultice, I have used that on 
occasion.

The one time I didn't wrap when I got home - it was raining cats and dogs, so I 
didn't wrap as I didn't see any point in soaking wet wraps.  The corral 
flooded, and his movement was very restricted.  He ended up stocked up on all 4 
legs, and I ended up walking him around on the asphalt in the rain then next 
morning. Kind of a catch-22.

I would be very interested in hearing the reasons behind the differences 
between D'Arcy's approach and Merri's, since they are both from racetracks.  :)


On Nov 29, 2009, at 8:11 AM, stephanie teeter wrote:

Wrapping legs after a ride ... this is one of those things I go back and 
forth on. I typically don't use any wraps, but then wonder if I should when I 
see others doing so!

So if you don't mind sharing - what do you folks do for post-ride leg care? 
ice? poultice? linament? wrap, no wrap?

thanks - I'm looking forward to the responses-

Steph


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