The horse’s legs require special attention for swelling and lacerations. The care starts with the brushing with a brush to remove the dirt and mud from the legs of your horse. A common practice that prevents the horse from skin problems is to trim the excess hair from these areas. Due to the mud and moisture accumulation in these hairy areas around its feet, it can cause severe skin problems.
It is best to clean and wrap the feet of your horse with protective boots or bandages when working or exercising. In this way, you prevent any injuries in these areas. After the ride or work, it is best to remove the bandages and once again brush the dirt from the feet and tend to any minor inflammations that might occur to the tendons and ligaments. Liniment is prescribed to be applied after exercising, to minimize stiffness and ease up the minor strains or swelling.
If your horse has been worked or ridden too much, or has to be transported for longer distances, you should consider applying a standing bandage or shipping boot. It creates support while your horse stands the long hours during transportation, it covers the wounds it might have or just protects its feet from accidental injuries.
One has to built certain skills to apply correctly the bandage. If you apply the bandage too loose, it might fall off, scare the animal during the ride, or even make it stumble. A bandage too tight might cause circulation problems or tendons and ligaments problems. If you choose to apply commercial boots, the process is much simpler. They attach with hooks, adjustable buckles or loop fastenings.
The leg bandage is a complex process, which starts at the middle of the cannon bone, it wraps down to the fetlock or the hoof, and then back up to the knee.