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#5 Attaching the Rear Wrap to an English Saddle

Posted by Dee Howe on March 9, 2018 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (5)


Attaching a rear wrap to an english saddle:

Start by placing the velcro side of the wrap around the cinch and velcroing it to itself. Carefully position the wrap in the bend of the hind leg just above the gaskin. Use caution when initially bringing the wrap around the horses hind. On the opposite side, tie the wrap around the cinch. Make sure your wrap is neither too tight nor too loose. The wrap should fit snuggly and stay in place.

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#4 Base with Individual Hind Legs Wrapped

Posted by Dee Howe on January 31, 2018 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (2)


Base With Individual Hind Legs Wrapped:

This wrap is particularly usefull for groin injuries, maintaining the SI joint, stifle issues and whenever a horse is having difficulty seperating one hind leg from the other. I often us this in conjuction with the tail wrap. It helps to reinstate the hips while the horse is in movement.

Starting with the neck wrap with the bowline knot, wrap one hind leg, bring the wrap back to the bowline knot and then wrap the other hind leg and tie off at the bowline. You may need 3+ polo wraps to accomplish this. This wrap, specifically, is much easier to apply with a surcingle as you are able to attach each wrap to a ring on the side of the surcingle. The wraps going around each hind leg should fit snugly in the bend above the gaskin.

#3 Base Wrap + Cinch

Posted by Dee Howe on January 24, 2018 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (2)


Base Wrap + Cinch:

This wrap is the base wrap plus a wrap around the cinch area. This wrap helps horses that are cinchy or sensitive about their sides being touched. It is great training for the horse that hasn’t been saddled.

You need to make sure that the cinch wrap is on tight or it will slip back toward the belly as the horse moves. When a horse is flinchy in his flank area I actually place a wrap around the belly, sort of like a back cinch, to help desensitize and massage them.

Attach the cinch wrap’s Velcro at the withers, wrap it around the horse’s barrel in the girth area and tie it off at the withers on the opposite side at the neck wrap’s bowline knot. If not tied tight, this wrap may slide back toward the flank area.

Note: If your horse continues to be “cinchy” after several sessions of using this wrap I would consult a chiropractor. Your horse may be out of alignment in the withers, rib or back area.



#2 Base Wrap + Tail

Posted by Dee Howe on January 17, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)


Base Wrap + Tail:

This wrap, the base figure-eight wrap plus a third wrap from the withers to the tail, is my favorite combination. This wrap literally connects the horse from head to tail.

The additional wrap under the tail massages muscles and acupressure points in the tail area. It helpshorses collect and calm down, especially uptight, tail-clamping, tail swishing and nervous horses. It also helps horses at the other extreme: Those with limp tails who move in a lazy, sluggish manner.

After I try it for several one and two hour sessions, I will put the spooky or nervous horse in a small pen or stall and leave the wraps on all day. I only do this when I can check on the horse frequently to assure his safety. Make sure you check the area for obstacles that the wraps can catch on. Follow the instructions on how to tie a bowline knot in the neck wrap, and be sure to use the Velcro on the other wraps so they will come undone if they catch on anything.

After placing a the Base Wrap #1 start the tail wrap by attaching the Velcro around the neck wrap at the withers. Stretch it along the horse’s back and under the tail. Tie it off on the neck wrap at the withers.

Keep safety in mind while placing the wraps. I keep my hand on the horse’s hip so I can push the horse away if he decides to bolt or kick. Notice this wrap is stretched tight under the tail.

#1 Figure 8/Base Wrap

Posted by Dee Howe on December 20, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Wrapping Wednesday!!!

Let's start with what I call a “base wrap.” This is a figure-eight wrap around the horse’s neck and hindquarters. This wrap generally increases the horse’s connection from his head to hindquarters. The massaging action increases circulation to the front and hind legs and stimulates the acupressure points on the withers. Once you put this base wrap on, the horse will square up and immediately walk off with a longer stride.

This wrap is good for weanlings, horses that you are starting, or those that have been laid off. It calms horses who don’t like to stand still or those who paw the ground when tied. It helps those who seem mentally disoriented start to focus. It also addresses those who are physically stung out be squaring them up. I use this basic wrap when I am limited with time or number of wraps. I find it especially useful to put on horses who are tied up or in a stall about 30 minutes before they are worked. Use when you work the horse without a saddle, during lunging, when the horse is in his stall or tied up.

Let your horse smell the wrap first. Begin the figure-eight wrap by tying a bowline knot around the horse’s neck. Keep the Velcro end as long as possible so you can attach it to the Velcro end of the wrap which goes around the horse’s hindquarters. Place the knot on the withers. Add the hindquarter wrap by placing its Velcro on the neck wrap’s Velcro. The hindquarter wrap goes around the horse’s hind legs. Place it snugly in the bend of the hind legs above the gaskin. For safety, keep your hand on the horse while bringing the wrap around the hind legs. Tie the hindquarter wrap to the wrap around the neck with a simple slip knot. Watch the hindquarter wrap as the horse works. If it stretches too much, shorten the wrap. The base Figure-Eight wrap completed. Notice your horse standing square and relaxed. His hind legs up underneath him.

This wrap can be used alone or tied to a surcingle or saddle.

#10 Spiral Neck Wrap

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Spiral Neck Wrap

This wrap brings self awareness to how the horse is holding and using their body in relationship to their head while redirecting movements patterns.

It is especially beneficial for horses that have been compromised at the third vertebrae by over flexing or injury and/or horses that tend to balance from the neck instead of engaging their hind. It should normally be used with at least one wrap integrating the hind end in some way (the figure 8 is a good place to start).

This wrap can either go through the mouth, across the forehead or just tying the end to the halter depending on what is needed. I recommend initially just tying it off at the halter and then progressing to through the mouth or across the forehead in later sessions.

Start by attaching the velcro end of a wrap to a figure 8 wrap, surcingle or saddle. Working up the neck, wrap 2, 3 or 4 times around (depending on the length of your wrap). Tie to the side O ring on the halter. You can finish here or thread the wrap through the noseband, inside the horses mouth (right where a bit would be placed) and tie to the square ring/noseband on the other side. OR place the wrap snuggly across the forehead and tie to the upper O ring on the other side. The wrap around the neck should be snug enough to provide a gentle massaging action but should not be tight enough to restrict the horses movement or breathing in anyway. Be sure to check the wrap with the horses head in different positions and make sure that it does not become restricting when the horse raises, lowers or lengthens their head & neck.

Caution: If you put the wrap through the horses mouth your wrap may end up with teeth marks! Because of this I usually recommend using an older pair.

*WARNING* Do not leave this wrap on without direct supervision!

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