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    Has anyone made bandages?

    I am tired of buying them, I never seem to have enough...and my horse has LONG legs...

    I prefer the no-bow types with flannels...

    Does anyone have instructions and material types-I was at the local fabric store today, and could not seem to find the right types of fabric...

    "The Friesian syndrome... a mix between Black Beauty disease and DQ Butterfly farting ailment." Alibi_18

    I've done it!

    Pony Clubbers do this all the time for upper level ratings and I have instructions if you want them. There are a couple of considerations, especially if you want machine washable wraps. Is that what you like about no-bows?


      Are you looking for flannel? I think Bevals sells it by the yard?
      Jen Evans & DaBear


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        Old Barn Rat (love the name by the way!!)
        I too was a PCer, and have wrapped with sheet cotton...
        I am looking for something washable and re-useable.
        My horse chews on bandages, I prefer to use fresh bandages everytime and quite frankly it gets expensive.
        I think what I like about the no-bow's are that they seem to hold up well and don't slip as much as even the flannel backed quilts.


        Someone has to have made their own bandages...
        "The Friesian syndrome... a mix between Black Beauty disease and DQ Butterfly farting ailment." Alibi_18


          If you mean making your own bandages, that's easy - find a tack shop that sells flannel by the yard, buy whatever length you want, and rip at whatever width you like. Simple and cheap. No velcro, but I just duct tape.

          If you mean making your own wraps (the thing that goes under the bandages), I'm no help at all!


            You know, mabye if you could find cloth baby diapers they would work? You'd have to find the good old kind that are thick, perhaps sew 2 together to make one wrap.
            Jen Evans & DaBear


              Washable Stable Wraps

              The upper level kids usually wrap with sheet cotton and cheesecloth so that they can fit their wraps to the unknown horses they'll have at their ratings. Since you're making specific wraps for a specific horse you'll use the same template with different materials.

              Use quilt batting instead of sheet cotton as the filler and either use thin flannel (summer pajama weight) or a pillowcase as the cover. I imagine that low pile fleece would work as well.

              There are many choices for quilt batting (and I'm not a quilter so perhaps they could provide more guidance), but I would pick a cotton/poly blend mid-loft. I think high loft might be too squishy. Most battings will shrink with washing, so pre-wash before you start cutting for bandages!

              Start by measuring your horse from just above the coronary band to just below the knee or hock. That's how tall your wraps will be.

              Cut your batting height to the measurements from your horse's leg. Length will be personal preference - if you like your no-bows then use those as a template. Remember the pad should be at least 1" thick when wrapped on your horse, you can double or triple the batting if necessary.

              To make the cover with a pillowcase you put the material inside the pillowcase, sew the open flap shut and run a seam or two down the middle of the wrap the length of the material to hold the batting in place during washing.

              To make the cover with bolt material (flannel, fleece etc) you cut the fabric 1/2" taller than the batting and twice as long. Double the fabric over on itself and sew the length closed 1/4" from the fabric edge. Stuff the batting in the pocket, sew the open end shut and run a seam or two down the length of the material.

              If your guy is a wrap-destroyer you could try wrapping cheap nylon track wraps on top of your standing bandage and flannels.


                Are you saying that 18" No-bows ain't long enough? Wow.

                I'd also bet that The Clothes Horse will make you cottons of any absurd dimensions you'd like.

                A tack store near a race track will have cheap flannel you can buy by the yard. I have some flannel wraps that are 15 years old. They get softer with time and will never die (apparently).

                When you have wrapped, fold the corners of the wrap in to make a point, then take another lap around the leg with masking tape and fold a little pull tab at the very end.

                Your horse will look professionally done, old skool style.
                The armchair saddler
                Politically Pro-Cat


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                  Thank you Barn Rat, that will help.

                  MVP-when wrapped properly 18 inches is'nt nearly long enough for most hind legs. Yes, my horse has freakishly long hind legs
                  "The Friesian syndrome... a mix between Black Beauty disease and DQ Butterfly farting ailment." Alibi_18


                    You're welcome! It's less complicated than it sounds, I promise.

                    I agree that 18" is a couple of inches short for most hind cannons, especially if you're a fetlock cupper.