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Bandaging 101: A Wrap for all Reasons

Bandages create a protective barrier of padding and/or cloth wraps, mainly for the purposes of wound care on various parts of a horse’s body and to support and shield his legs during and after exercise or travel. There are five main reasons we bandage: 1. to apply pressure during an emergency, first aid situation 2. to protect and support wounds while they are healing 3. to prevent or reduce edema (swelling) after exercise or during stall rest 4. to support and protect tendons, ligaments and joints from concussion, impact and trauma during exercise 5. to protect and support legs during transport and stabling Emergency First Aid: A pressure bandage can help stem the flow of blood from a wound. This is especially critical for cuts involving arterial bleeding, as the bandaging keeps the pressure in place while the horse is transported to veterinary care. Wounds: After treatment, a bandage protects wounds…

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