Fetlock Bandage Wrap

Fetlock Bandage Wrap  



  • Sterile gauze pad
  • Gauze wrap
  • Brown gauze
  • Sterile cotton 16inch x 3 ft
  • Elastikon
  • lightplast
  • Duct tape

Examine Operative Site

  • Wash hands or wear exam gloves before applying the bandage
  • Wet Ones” can be used to clean hands in the stable.
  • You may use isopropyl alcohol to clean around incision with sterile 4×4 gauze sponges if the area becomes soiled otherwise no cleaning is necessary, please do not apply any ointments
  • The sutures are to be removed 14 days from the time surgery


  • Apply sterile pad to the site.
  • Wrap gauze around the pad

Sterile cotton

  • Roll the sterile cotton onto the limb.
  • The more snugly you conform the cotton to the leg, the easier it will be to compress the bandage.

Brown Gauze

  • Roll brown gauze from the bottom of the bandage.
  • This will help to prevent it from slipping down.
  • Roll firmly. Leave the cotton exposed at the top and bottom
  • This is used to secure the bandage to the leg


  • Do not wrap tightly on the skin as you may bow the horse’s tendon.
  • Compress snugly over bandage, overlap the wrap 50% (to the red line of the previous layer).


  • Apply the Elastikon to the skin above the bandage and  to the hoof wall below the bandage.
  • If the bottom of the bandage becomes soiled apply duct tape to the bottom of the foot and bandage.

Duct Tape (If needed)

  • Duct tape applied to the bottom of the foot and bandage to prevent soiling of the surgical site.

Bandage Removal

  • Do not change the bandage in the stall.
    • find a clean, quiet area to work
  • Use a razor blade to cut the bandage material.
  • Slip finger between the Elastikon and skin to protect skin from the razor blade