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well attended FEI World Equestrian Attendance figures


games in Lexington L E X I N G T O N ,


KY—Day 16—By the closing day of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, total at- tendance topped half a million. Sunday’s attendance came in at 38,682, bringing the total for the event to 507,022. “We are incredibly


include media, athletes, and volunteers who entered the grounds daily, in addition to tickets spectators and children under the age of 12 who did not require a ticket for entry on most days of competition. About the Alltech


pleased with the number of spectators who have joined us at the Games over these 16 days,” said World Games 2010 Foundation CEO Jamie Link. “We are overwhelmed with the positive comments and remarks we have received about their experiences on the park, view- ing competition, and with our volunteers. By their measure, these Games have been a great success.”


totals avereaged from 25,000 to 35,000 throughout the event. The biggest days on the park occurred on October 1, when 46,496 attendees packed the park on a day that concluded in a fantastic Dressage Freestyle competition under the lights of Rolex Stadium; as well as October 2, when Eventing Cross Country brought 50,818 attendees to the grounds. At tendance was


bolstered by several sold-out rounds of competition, in- cluding reining, vaulting, and dressage and para-dressage sessions.


Daily attendance


FEI World Equestrian Games - The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). The Games are held every four years and this will be the


broadcast on NBC Sports, which marks the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic im- pact of $167 million, and current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere, Ariat International, Inc., Meydan, Kentucky Ale, and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. For more informa- tion on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games please visit, www.alltechfeigames.com.


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of leg protection - (1) wound bandages (2) standing wraps, (3) exercise wraps and (4) shipping boots or wraps.


WOUND BANDAGES You can make wound


bandages from almost any clean, soft material in an emergency. For normal day-to-day scrapes and cuts, you should have several sizes of gauze pads, and gauze wraps in your first aid box. (You can purchase all sizes, shapes and lengths at most drug stores. Keep them in their boxes before and after each use; once contaminated they can cause trouble rather than prevent it.)


gauze pad or gauze wrapping, then leg quilts or sheet cotton, topped by a self-adhesive crepe bandage (most common brand name Ve- trap) or a standing bandage. Use a short piece of adhesive tape or masking tape to secure the “ban- dage” tie.


STANDING BANDAGES Standing bandages are


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manager or horse owner you may have to apply leg-wound bandages, exercise bandages or leg protection for shipping. Protection is the number


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a “shipping quilt.” When pur- chasing quilts, buy good quality. Cheap, thin quilts will gather or bunch and will “wear out” after several washings. When buying outer wrap


knit bandages, again look for quality. Cheap bandages don’t last.


bandages come with Velcro fas- teners, always use a wrap or two of masking tape over the Velcro fastener. (Plastic tape is used only on exercise wrap.) Masking tape breaks easily and will not tighten or stretch, as will plastic tape.)


EXERCISE WRAPS Exercise wraps are


give protection to the leg, nor do they help hold tendons. A well-done exercise wrap simply slows down the descent of the fetlock joint, helping to avoid serious pulls or tears to tendons or ripping of joint ligaments. The exercise wrap is


the purpose is to medicate and protect.


just that; bandages applied to give the legs mild support or to cover a mild leg brace or in use with a “sweat” while the horse is standing in his stall or pen. Horses should not be turned out or exercised while wearing standing bandages.


ing wrap is the machine washable quilt and the polyester knit wrap. There are all kinds of


The most practical stand-


quilts—some made with foam, some pillow, some plush—but the best are simple cotton as they are easy to use and easy to wrap. Quilts that are too thick, too spongy or too slippery are difficult to handle and increase the chance of mistakes and eventual injury. If you feel that a single


height: 10 to 12 inches, good for front legs; 12 to 14 inches, good for hind legs. Anything over 14 inches is generally considered


Quilts come in sizes by With wound bandages


stretchy and is meant to be on tight. Adhesive elastic bandage is used frequently (such as Vet- wrap).


exercise boots on the market it should not be necessary to use exercise wraps. The danger of causing a serious problem due to improper application of the wrap is great. If using wraps there is also the possibility of it becoming loose and tripping or frightening the horse.


SHIPPING BOOTS OR WRAPS


protect a horse’s legs during ship- ping usually use commercially produced shipping boots. The use of quilts and knit bandages for protecting legs during shipping is an option.


quilt is not thick enough to afford protection against a bandage bow, use two quilts together for double thickness.


erally fleece-lined, well padded and fasten with Velcro strips, so they are easy to put on and take off. The best boots, from the horse’s point of view, have a flap across the back of the heel which protects the bulbs of the heel when the boot is in place-- extending below the coronet band. There are shipping boots for front legs and shipping boots for hind legs.


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to have an exercise bandage on longer than one hour. With the many good


It is never a good idea


very tricky and should not be at- tempted the first time without an experienced supervisor watching. Exercise wraps are most often seen on race horses, sometimes jumpers and sometimes cross country eventers. Exercise wraps do not


Even though most knit


ally made of a thick quilt about 14 to 16 inches in height. The quilt must be wide enough that it extends below the coronet band and the bulbs of the heel. The top of the wrap should be just below the knee. (This is one of those cases where it isn’t always pretty, but must always protect.) The quilt is held in place


by a long knit bandage, the same type used for standing bandages. Again, the key is protection. The wrap must cover the


coronary band and the bulbs of the heels or it isn’t worth the time to put it on. Most trailer injuries come from the horse stepping on himself as he tries to maintain balance during a turn or during stops, or from slipping off the side of a trailer ramp. Most of the injuries are therefore scrapes and cuts to the coronary band, the bulbs of the heels or the pastern. If you plan on hiring a


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commercial hauler to transport a horse check their policy about leg protection. Some companies prefer the horse’s legs not be wrapped, as the driver will not reapply the bandages or boots. The driver may remove the loose leg protection…or not. If you decide to protect


legs with boots or wraps get the horse used to wearing them before the day of shipping. Allowing the horse to wear the chosen leg protection in the stall will give you time to see how they fit, if they stay on and how the horse reacts to having something on his legs. Poorly made or poorly fitted commercial shipping boots can become loose, allowing them to slip and slide off. Many people who trans-


port horses will only protect the front legs. It is possible if the horse urinates in the trailer the wraps or boots can become soaked in urine. This could lead to scalding of the skin, kicking or stomping because of irritation. As with all equipment


used on horses – if it is poor fitting or causes irritation discontinue use.


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