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Instructions for Applying a Standing Bandage Introduction Horsemen Apply Standing

Instructions for Applying a Standing Bandage Introduction Horsemen Apply Standing

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING A STANDING BANDAGEINTRODUCTION
Horsemen apply standing bandages provide warmth and protection in the stall, prevent swelling,and hold medication and dressings in place.These instructions explain how to properly apply a standing bandage for horsemen who alreadyknow how to apply a polo wrap correctly and safely, and know basic leg anatomy.To properly apply a standing bandage, you will need these items:-a safely restrained horse with four clean legs-a set of tightly and neatly rolled cotton pillow wraps-a set of tightly and neatly rolled track bandages-eight bandage pins-30 minutes of your timeThe major steps in applying a standing bandage are (1) applying the pillow wrap, (2) applyingthe track bandage, and (3) pinning the bandage. These steps will need to be repeated for each leg.
REQUIRED STEPS
1.Applying the Pillow Wrap
The pillow wrap is the bandage which provides the heat and protection of the leg while itis on the horse’s leg. The length of the pillow wrap depends on the length of the horse’scannon bone. The top of the pillow wrap should be just below the knee and extend toright below the pastern. Once you have the correct size pillow wrap, then follow thesesteps:a.Place the pillow wrap on the inside of the leg so it unrolls across the cannon bonefirst. It should be applied in the same direction as a polo wrap. b.Keep the pillow wrap close to the leg while rolling it on firmly as shown in figure1.1. 
Figure 1.1
Applying the Pillow WrapSource: Martha’s Corner 
 
 c.Using your hand, keep pressure on the pillow bandage and start step 2.
2.Applying the Track Bandage
a.Position the track bandage midway between the knee and the pastern. In order tomaintain the position of your pillow wrap, start the track bandage by tucking theend under the cotton. b.Make one wrap around the leg in the same direction as the pillowc.Start wrapping down the leg as show in figure 2.1. Each layer should cover 50 %of the last layer.Figure 2.1 Applying the Track BandageSource: Martha’s Corner d.Once the lowest wrap of the track bandage is even with the bottom of the pillow,make one complete wrap around the leg.e.Start wrapping up the leg until the track bandage is even with the top of the pillow.f.If your track bandages have Velcro, secure the Velcro making sure they end onthe outside of the leg. Then continue on to step 3.
3.Pinning the Standing Bandage
a.Pin the track bandage on the outside of the leg just in front of the tendon. The pinfirst pin should be pinned at the upper corner of the track bandage with the sharpends pointing down. b.Pin the second pin at the lower corner of the track bandage, also with the sharpedges pointing down.
CONCLUSION
Standing bandages need to be put on correctly in order to be effective. The finished bandageshould feel firm but not too tight. Apply the pillow bandage, the track bandage, and then securethe bandage by pinning it.
 
AUDIENCE AND USE PROFILE SHEETAudience Identity and Needs
Primary audience:horse enthusiastsIntended use of document:properly apply a standing bandagePrior knowledge about this topic: Knows how to safely and properly apply a polowrap, knows basic leg anatomyProbable questions:Which wrap is applied first?How tight should the wrap be?Where do I put the pins?Which direction should the pins point?
Audience’s Probable Attitude and Personality
Attitude toward topic:willingProbable objections:timeTemperament:patientProbable reaction to document:helpful
Audience Expectations about the Document
Reason document originated:audience requestAcceptable length:conciseMaterial important to the audienceapplicationIntended effect on this audience:proper instruction

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