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Horse Bandaging Supplies


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The following information is provided as a courtesy and service to the horse industry by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

There may be any number of occasions when you will need to bandage your horse’s legs. Bandaging can provide both protection and support for the horse while working, traveling, resting or recovering from an injury.

Regardless of the purpose, it is essential that you use proper leg bandaging techniques. Applied incorrectly, bandages may not only fail to do their job, but also may cause discomfort, restrict blood flow and potentially damage tendons and other tissue.

It is often said that it is better to leave a horse’s legs unbandaged than to bandage them incorrectly. Fortunately, there is nothing complicated about learning to apply bandages. It simply takes the right materials and a bit of practice. If you have never bandaged a horse’s legs, ask your veterinarian to demonstrate the proper techniques. Practice under his or her supervision before doing it on your own.

Follow these basic guidelines from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) when bandaging a horse’s leg: 

1. Start with clean, dry legs and bandages. If there is a wound, make sure it has been cleaned, rinsed and dressed according to your veterinarian’s recommendations. 
2. Use a thickness of an inch or more of soft, clean padding to protect the leg beneath the bandage. Apply padding so it lies flat and wrinkle-free against the skin. 
3. Start the wrap at the inside of the cannon bone above the fetlock joint. Do not begin or end over a joint, as movement will tend to loosen the bandage and cause it to unwrap.
4. Wrap the leg from front to back, outside to inside (counterclockwise on left legs, clockwise on right legs). 
5. Wrap in a spiral pattern, working down the leg and up again, overlapping the preceding layer by 50 percent. 
6. Use smooth, uniform pressure on the support bandage to compress the padding. Make sure no lumps or ridges form beneath the bandage. 
7. Be careful not to wrap the legs too tightly, creating pressure points. 
8. Avoid applying bandages too loosely. If loose bandages slip, they will not provide proper support and may endanger the horse. 
9. Leg padding and bandages should extend below the coronet band of the hoof to protect the area (this is especially important when trailering). 
10. Extend the bandages to within one-half inch of the padding at the top and bottom. If there is a potential problem with bedding or debris getting into the bandage, seal the openings with a loose wrap of flexible adhesive bandage. 


Good video on basic bandaging

This is in more detail
wounds and bandaging different areas:


Apply dry, wet  or no stick (telfa) gauze, with or without  a topical product, to a clean wound or surgical site. ( The type of dressing will vary with the type of wound.  A  wet to dry, saline,  antibiotic, or medical honey dressing, are options .)


Gauze Sponges 4" X 4" Non-Sterile

Gauze Sponges

-Saves time and cost by using fewer non-woven sponges per procedure compared to cotton filled sponges.
-Easy-to-use, non-linting and highly absorbent sponges 
-Extra soft, non-adherent, premium quality non-woven material with no chemical whitener added.

200/package - $11.00


Telfa Pads Sterile Dressing

Telfa Pads Sterile Dressing

Cotton, bonded on both sides with perforated film, non-adherent, sterile. You can use them alone for lightly draining wounds or as the contact layer of a postoperative dressing.

100 sterile 3X4" non-adherent dressings - $40.00


The next layer is to absorb discharge and provide pressure, warmth and support. If there is no discharge to be absorbed a reusable clean cotton pad can replace this


Gamgee Absorbant Padding

Gamgee Absorbant Padding

For leg support, protection and wound management. Cushioned padding: Protection and support for fetlocks, hocks and tendons. Insulation: Helps keep tendons and muscles warm when exercising, eventing and travelling. Wound Dressing: For infected and discharging wounds and protective wound padding. Does not bunch. Fibers won't stick to site.

Available in   12" X 11'6"  &   18" X 7'6" 

$31.00

Size

Stretch gauze is then applied to hold the previous layers in place and to apply consistent pressure 


Conform & Stretch Bandages

Conform & Stretch Bandages

-Ultra-soft finish for ultimate patient comfort
-Unrestricted movement with mild compression
-Lint-Free
-Non-Sterile

4" x 4.1yd (box of 12) - $6.00


The final layer, a self adherent wrap, is applied to apply more pressure and to protect the layers underneath.


Vetrap

vetrap

Elastic, adhesive, 5 yards (4.6m) stretched. Good conformability, protects wounds and holds the dressing in place, accomodates movements and is porous. 4" width.

See drop down menu for color varieties

4" X 5yd - $4.00

Color:

To help prevent bandage slippage medical tape can be applied to the top and the bottom of the bandage with 50% of the tape width on the haired portion and 50% on the bandage


Adhesive Tape

Adhesive, porous, hospital tape, 1" width 

 $3.50/ per roll


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