Tension should be snug, but not restrictive to blood flow. A wrap should be supportive to the fetlock and tight enough to keep the bandage from falling down. This means putting slightly more evenly applied tension around the fetlock and easing up a bit as you wrap toward the top of the leg. The wrap should end at the top of the leg and you should be able to easily slip a finger into the top of the bandage. The bottom of the wrap should be a little snugger for support. The wrap should be snug, but not too tight. The skin should be able to move under the bandage.
During an injury to one leg, wrapping both legs is a common practice to eliminate opposing (non injured) leg compensation.
A wrap that is applied improperly can cause pressure sores or damage to the tendons.
This article is printed here with permission from Horse Illustrated, May 2003. Visit www.horseillustratedmagazine.com