Standardbred racehorses often wear bandages both on and off the race track for many reasons. Oten, they are used as a means of protection and support.
Horse trainers worldwide will use brace bandages on their trotter’s hind legs. Brace bandages offer light support and protection for a horse that doesn’t injure his shins or just brushes them, and at the same time allows the horse to trot lighter than if he was wearing a protective boot made out of a leather or a synthetic material.
Brace bandages also tend to increase out a trotter’s gait behind, and especially help in the case of a “line” gaited individual. A “line” gaited trotter carriers his legs on the same side in a direct line when viewed from the reat or front. In contrast, a “passing” gaited trotter moves by placing his hind leg just outside of the front leg when visualized from the rear or front. Obviously, a “line” gaited horse would be more likely to suffer interference, and then would require protection for the hind legs.
Bandages used on the front legs generally are used for support, often times with horses that have previous tendon injuries. Bandages are used beneath boots, that offer protection. Many times trotters will wear brace bandages behind, and a boot will be placed over top of the bandages for added safety when a horse keeps injuring that area.
When a race is over and the horse is washed and either walked or left to cool off out in his stall, often times the horse is bandaged, These are thicker and offer more support than the brace bandages, and their purpose is to support and protect the legs while the horse is resting in his stall.
Other horses who have shown indications of developing leg troubles are bandaged, as the trainer believes it would be in the best interest of maintaining the horse’s soundness.
Extreme care is taken when bandaging a horse’s leg. Joint areas, such as ankles, can stand a lot more pressure than tendon areas. Bandages should therefore be more firm around the ankle than around a tendon. That is why many trainers have their groom use a thick padding of cotton under bandages, to insure the bandage won’t become too tight in a critical area.
It is just as important that bandages are not applied too loosely, because the primary reason for the bandage is to lend support. Also, a loose bandage is often a great source of fun for some horses, because they enjoy chewing on them and pulling them. Unfortunately for the horse, if he pulled the loose bandage taut, it could cause severe damage to the tendon area, possibly ending his racing career.
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