Bandaging is used to keep wounds clean, keep medication in contact with a wound, stop wound bleeding, keep insects off of legs and wounds, warm the legs, provide support, and prevent or reduce stocking up (subcutaneous edema). It is very important to only use clean bandage materials. Bandage materials should be stored in a clean, dry cabinet or container.
Bandage over a wound. The wound should be cleaned with disinfectant and water, rinsed and gently patted dry. Apply medication to a 4 x 4 inch gauze pad and hold the gauze pad in place with rolled gauze, or place a non adherant pad or other covering as instructed by one of our staff members. Cover with a quilt or sheet cotton, apply the bandage and then tape
Support bandage. Wrap a quilt or sheet cotton from below the knee to mid pastern, apply the bandage and then tape. You may include brace or astringent under the bandage.
Sweat wrap. Using a rubber gloved hand, rub sweat medication lightly all over the area to be bandaged. Carefully apply plastic wrap around the leg and then apply a support bandage. This type of bandage cannot be left on for more than 24 hours and depending upon the medication applied a shorter period may be prefered.
Shipping or stable wrap. This wrap should be as large, tall and thick as possible, covering the heels if used for shipping. This wrap helps protect the legs during shipping, provides warmth for the leg joints, and helps reduce stocking up (edema).
You have any questions concerning bandaging. You observe swelling above the bandage. Your horse shows lameness, however slight, that was not present before bandaging. You believe that you have created a "bandage bow".