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Vik1

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Vik1 says:

Bandaging on top of muddy legs...your thoughts?

I know we've had many discussion about preventing mud fever but what do you think of this?

I just read on the AHS website that its recommended to either use wraps or bandages on top of muddy legs then in the morning brush the mud off.  Ok it takes the moisture out but wouldnt it still make the legs warm?  the perfect breeding ground for bacteria?

I just cant imagine doing this.  It makes no sense to me.

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Fenris

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Fenris says:

Re: Bandaging on top of muddy legs...your thoughts?

 I wouldn't do it myself. Surely the mud would rub under the bandages?

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tracingequines

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Re: Bandaging on top of muddy legs...your thoughts?

Why on earth would any sensible owner bandage muddy legs ? It's ridiculous. You would be creating the perfect atmosphere for mud fever to escalate ...... warm, wet, muddy ....

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Bandaging on top of muddy legs...your thoughts?

No you don't several reasons as everyone here as said, anyone for mud fever?

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TruStar

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TruStar says:

Re: Bandaging on top of muddy legs...your thoughts?

A DEFINITE NO, NO, NO. It would certainly rub and cause sores. Plus the damp warm environment is an excellent breeding ground for bacterias.

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Bandaging on top of muddy legs...your thoughts?

Really dont understand why you would want to, the mud would dry overnight anyway for you to berush it off dry the next morning, infact I wouldn;t be surprised if the bandages would slow the drying prcess down as no air can get to them and the moisture would need to find its way out through the bandages. Mad idea in my opinion!

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: Bandaging on top of muddy legs...your thoughts?

a big NOOOOO!!!!!

For several reason, one being that you aren't supposed to leave legs bandaged overnight (some professionals do, but you have to ensure that they are perfectly even pressure), another being that wet bandages usually shrink as they dry meaning they would get very tight and affect circulation, plus what TruStar said above about bacteria growth and the bandages rubbing on the mud and causign sores! Would you like to trawl through the mud and then put clothes on top...yuck! Imagine what it would be like on your feet - sore!!!!!

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Vik1

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Vik1 says:

Re: Bandaging on top of muddy legs...your thoughts?

 I couldnt agree more with all of you.  I do bandage to prevent swelling in Velvets legs but her legs are always hosed so there isnt a speck left and then towel dried and left to dry as much as possible first.

I also put this on the arab forum and everyone agreed with me on here that its daft.  This article on the AHS website is supposedly written by a vet!!  

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Bandaging on top of muddy legs...your thoughts?

Sounds a bit bizarre to me

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