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View Poll Results: do you wrap legs for shipping

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  • wrap every time

    34 38.64%
  • wrap for long distance shipping

    13 14.77%
  • never wrap

    29 32.95%
  • other

    12 13.64%
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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Jan. 5, 2009
    the South


    I answered "other".

    Trailering with other horses, either on the way there or back I wrap and put bell boots on all four.

    By himself, on the way there bell boots all around. Way back, pressure wraps/bell boots. I don't own shipping boots but I've used them on other horses and I don't like them.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Oct. 7, 2010


    I use shipping wraps pretty much every time my horse gets on the trailer. I think it is mostly because it makes me feel better and helps keep their legs clean, but I also believe it can help reduce the chance of smaller injuries happening while shipping.

    While I like the coverage offered by shipping boots, I find them awkward to store, clean, and for the horses to wear. I haven't really found many that like to wear them.

    Every once in a while, if I am going a short distance for a trail ride or something casual, I will ship in bell boots and the boots that I plan to ride in on all fours. But usually only if I am driving on local roads, the trip is short, and it is a casual ride.

    Then there are those precious individuals that really don't like anything on their back legs. They ship with wraps only on their fronts. Because I think the risk of injury is less than the damage they can do kicking and stomping to get their back wraps or boots off.

    For the babies and some of the smaller ponies, we tend to just do polos, though, because they usually don't have shoes, their legs are so tiny and we probably only have an expectation of keeping their legs clean and warding off minor cuts and scrapes.

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Nov. 16, 2005
    Berks County, PA


    I don't wrap, or boot.
    I have a friend who uses boots longer distance. Not long ago we went to hack at a local mountain. Horse backed off the ramp, fell onto his knee, and the ridge from the ramp mat split his knee wide open--to the bone. The only good thing(VERY good thing) was vet friend was riding with us, and had her vet truck. Had it been a longer haul he would have had his big tall shipping boots on.
    Davey Farm Sport Horses
    Hamburg, PA

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2002


    Shipping boots every single time no matter how short the haul.
    No exceptions since the time I held a horse that was bleeding buckets because she cut the artery in the back of a front fetlock with her hind shoe when backing down the ramp of a trailer in a bit of a hurry (short trailer ride and no history of trailering issues I am aware of). Standing wraps would not have helped and while I acknowledge this is highly unlikely and unusual, it was so awful when it happened and it is an experience I never ever want to repeat.
    There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Jun. 4, 2006


    I used to use shipping boots but my gelding hates them. He would kick the living daylight out of the trailer. I had others apply them thinking I was putting them on wrong but it turned out he was standing up on his back legs trying to get those shipping boots off. He is a sensitive and expressive chestnut gelding. Without shipping boots he hauls like a dream. We went on a 12 hour haul last summer I was able to untie him and open the doors and he was as quiet as can be, and he arrived with clean tight legs.

  6. #26
    Join Date
    Feb. 14, 2012


    It depends on distance. I use shipping boots on long trips more than half an hour or so.

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Aug. 25, 2005


    Quote Originally Posted by 2boys View Post
    So, my guess is that you are implying that wraps serve a different function than boots? Could you elaborate on your initial thoughts??
    A well done wrap is protective.

    boots come in many styles, some worthless, others are as protective as the best of wraps.

    So comparing wraps and boots are comparing apples and oranges.

    In " I am hauling" situations, I always use wraps. If I am shipping by commercial tractor trailer, I do not as most companies do not want them wrapped. Too many bad wraps over the years for the driver and crew to deal with.
    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

  8. #28
    Join Date
    Oct. 12, 2007
    Andover, MA


    Mine gets bell boots in front, and her usual splint boots on all four legs. I am not a fan of shipping boots or wraps.
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

    1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Sep. 16, 2006


    My guy doesn't trailer well (ends up stepping on himself a lot) so he always wear bell boots on all four legs to protect his coronet bands. If we're going short distances, I put his shipping wraps on over top the bell boots because the stupid boots don't go all the way down. If we're going longer distances - an hour or longer - I'll wrap his legs but as a stable wrap, ending at the fetlock. I'll rarely forego the bell boots and wrap his legs as shipping wraps - going all the way down and around, the heels.

    I was always taught the coronet band and heels were the most delicate and most apt to get injured during trailering so they had to be protected. Yet at shows I always see horses getting off the trailer with legs wrapped in stable bandage format - stopping at fetlocks - and bare hooves. I really don't understand that.

  10. #30
    Join Date
    Aug. 5, 2005
    Central, FL


    Another here who doesn't wrap or use shipping boots. I have used splint boots (on front) and bell boots. My mare kicks out when she has stuff on her rear legs ..not sure why. If she has something wrapped around her leg she is fine..will just stand there. Put a boot or wrap on her and she will kick the trailer down.

  11. #31
    Join Date
    May. 4, 2003


    Airlines will not (as far as I know) accept horses that have not been wrapped by a vet or professional.

    When shipping a young horse to WSU for surgery, we were asked not to wrap.

    Too many stories of wraps (or boots) slipping and causing more trouble
    than if the legs were bare.

    Legs can heat up under wraps in hot driving conditions, but, in very cold weather wrapped legs can help warm up a horse or dry off a horse. That's what we used to say back in the day.

    So,no, I don't wrap or boot. . . pretty much the same thing in this discussion.
    If I had a $200,00.00 horse and a groom, I might think differently.
    Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

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