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Quick Fix Hoof Wraps
Horse Tack Review Staff
Quick Fix Hoof Wraps is a bandage, not a boot, which easily allows you to treat common hoof problems like abscess, stone bruise, or use for protection after shoe loss. Made of 1680 ballistic nylon with reinforced durability, it's designed tough, offing you the freedom to turn your horse out to pasture during treatment. It fits most horses - so it’s especially convenient for multiple horse owners and professionals.
An industrial strength hook and loop fastening system provides a custom fit and it’s designed for extreme grip and security. Easily remove, clean, and reapply the bandage as needed. An EVA foam pad is included.
Hoof Wraps innovative design gives it the flexibility to be used with items you may already have around the barn like pre-medicated pads, flexwrap, or plastic farrier pads. Best of all, Hoof Wraps' light weight and compact size make it a great addition to your first aid kit or saddle bag.
We sent of the Hoof Wrap to one of our testers in Canada so we could see how the wrap held up under cold snowy conditions. After one month of testing on several different horses, our tester was quite impressed and looking forward to purchasing for herself.
I’ll have to admit that this product didn’t seem to impress me much when I first took it out of the package. Anything that needs to be numbered, and comes with detailed instructions, seemed a little too complicated for the practical horse world. After all, if you’re using this product your horse must be sore or injured in some way. If that’s the case, good luck to you trying to apply the wrap to a fidgety or anxious horse. I tested this product on two of our own horses, and then lent it to a friend who was in desperate need of a bandaging solution.
My first experience in applying the wrap was frustrating, even after studying the directions on the package and practicing inside where it was warm (the Canadian winter was in full force when I received this product for testing.. fidgeting with anything outside is something I try to avoid during this time of year). To sum it up, I undid the hook and loop tape but it was very hard to keep it from sticking to the other tabs, line up the foam pad to the wrap and then the hoof to the pad while trying to close the hook and loop tape – in proper order – with proper fit – before my horse moved and I had to restart the whole process.
The first horse I tested it on, a Morgan/Thoroughbred cross, wouldn’t step down on the foam pad. It must have felt weird to her since it’s so thick. She kept stepping down part way and then lifting her hoof again, displacing the pad. I finally gave up before my fingers froze and cracked off, and applied the wrap without the pad. It fit like a glove.
The second horse I tested it on, a Belgian / Quarter Horse cross, stepped down on the pad but moved it slightly. I was still able to do the hook and loop tape up, but the displaced pad threw the fit of the wrap off. That’s one of the major drawbacks I can see – the foam pad (if used) must be exactly in line with the back of the wrap otherwise the fit is sacrificed.
The Morgan/Thoroughbred cross has hooves on the smaller, narrow side while the Belgian/Quarter Horse cross has wide, round hooves. I liked how adjustable the wrap was, but the hook and loop straps that secure at the front should be longer. They seemed to just fit the larger horse’s hooves, and when you’re expecting a product to stay on through turnout and/or field use, ‘just’ long enough doesn’t cut it. I also noticed that depending on how you adjusted the straps, sometimes you can have small gaps between the nylon tabs which would allow dirt and debris to enter the wrap – something you wouldn’t want with a sore horse.
In frustration I visited the Quick Fix website to hopefully find tips on how to easily apply the wrap. It is suggested to secure the foam pad to the hoof with Vetrap or another similar material first. Though I didn’t try it, I can see how that would greatly help. My two cents though, would be to make sure that you trim the pad to the horses general hoof size so the wrap fits better and more securely (a large hoof pad on a small hoof would make the bandage fit looser, increasing the risk of losing it in that big pasture of yours – and we all know how much you love walking it regularly.. searching for those elusive halters and boots after your 1000 pound beast finishes playing with his field buddy).
I was impressed with how quickly the EVA foam pad molded to the underside of the horses hoof. It shapes perfectly to every nook and cranny of their hoof, offering a certain amount of cushioning and shock absorption.
With our footing being a bit icy in places, I was concerned about what traction, if any, the wrap could afford. There would be nothing worse than wrapping a horse’s hoof because of an injury, only to watch your horse slip because it couldn’t get a proper footing. As I watched each horse walk across some of the frozen ground, their gait wasn’t altered in the slightest. Still, some may prefer a rubber footing for such conditions, though it would undoubtedly change the price.
A friend’s horse had provided a challenge to her, cutting himself in an unusual place on something she still can’t find. He cut the bulb of his left rear hoof and the skin directly above it. Each time he took a step, he re-opened the slice. Her veterinarian was thankful to have snow on the ground since it eliminated a bunch of debris that could possibly infect the wound, but this was such a hard area to bandage. She ran through every idea she could think of – including getting creative with duct tape and plastic bags. Continually the horse would shed the bandages and leave her looking for other ideas. I lent the Hoof Wrap to her as a last ditch effort.
She is so thrilled with the product that she’ll be getting one to add to her horses’ first aid kit. Like me, she had a hard time initially applying the wrap. The hook and loop tabs kept sticking to each other before she could get it on the horse. The numbered tabs, she also found, were useless as you started doing the wrap up since they face the hoof (not to the outside, where you’d see them once a strap or two is secured).
The wrap was used overtop of a series of gauze bandages and tape as a means of securing the whole works so it wouldn’t budge. While she felt the hook and loop tabs should be longer, the wrap was able to expand enough to fit over everything! Molded plastic boots are good for a variety of things, but you need to buy a specific size depending on how big your horse’s hooves are, and if you had to add something like a bandage, they would be too tight. This is where the Quick Fix Hoof Wrap excels. It is truly a multi-fit wrap and is superior, in that sense, to conventional ‘spare tire’ boots.
The Quick Fix Hoof Wrap website expects that the wrap will have a service period of 4-6 days (give or take a few depending on what conditions the wrap is supposed to endure). This wrap was removed and applied daily, over the course of just over two weeks at her farm, and used in typical Canadian winter conditions: ice, deep snow, extreme cold, sleet and sometimes even mud, along with common sights in a barn or stabling area: manure and urine, hay, other curious horses…
The nylon tabs, which make up the sides of the wrap, are frayed somewhat though the smart way in which the wrap was stitched only allows the fray to go so far. The wrap is made up of one piece of ballistic nylon but a second layer of nylon is stitched where the bottom of the hoof would rest – the stitching that secures this second layer also acts as a barrier so the fraying stops there.
A hole has worn through the first layer of nylon on the bottom of the wrap, which makes us appreciate the double layer construction. The hook and loop tabs have debris stuck to them – bits of hay and dirt – but allowing the wrap to dry (I don’t know that I would put it in a dryer – I’d be more apt to hang it on a line) and going over it with a stiff brush does the trick. The printed numbers on the inside of the wrap have also worn off, though my friend and I are now experts on applying the wrap and don’t need them anymore.
All in all, we’re both impressed with the wrap. For something that has an expected lifespan of 4-6 days, the fact that this wrap has held up for a month of constant and tough use is excellent. I was skeptical of this product at first, and even quick to criticize, but it has won me over. I highly recommend that this be a staple in any horse first aid kit. It is light enough to carry in a saddle bag (it weights next to nothing), fits a wide variety of hooves and the price is reasonable for how well this wrap performed.
For additional information and to order your Quick Fix Hoof Wrap visit www.hoofwraps.com