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GoPro – part fifteen: Tips & tricks on boots and work bandages from the world’s best grooms

Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Tips & tricks

World of Showjumping asked several highly experienced grooms to share their best tips & tricks. In this next part of our series, they share their preferences on boots and work bandages. 

Mel Jobst, long-time groom for Marcus Ehning:

 

“It depends on the horse, but for support we normally use bandages with wraps under in front and boots – small young horse by Veredus – on the back, or bandages. It all depends on the horse. We only use bell boots if necessary and check that they are not rubbing the skin. If the ground is wet, we don’t use bandages, they will get wet and heavy and aren’t staying on as they should.” 

Josie Eliasson, long-time groom for Jessica Springsteen:



 

 

“I always bandage our horses for flatwork and put a jumping boot on for schooling. I like the extra support that a polo wrap gives for the ligaments.”

Marlen Schannwell, long-time groom for Bertram Allen:



“Most our horses get normal boots for the daily work and tendon boots for jumping. We have two or three with either too small or too big legs so they get sheep skin boots or bandages. There are lots of tests done already where the vets try to find out what protects the most, but there is no winner yet. Nothing protects the tendon 100%. And racehorses don’t wear boots at all and they have a way harder job than going in circles.” 

Denise Moriarty, long-time groom for Kent Farrington:

 

 

 

“I use boots to work. A fear of a polo coming undone and causing an accident keeps us away from bandages.”

Heidi Mulari, long-time groom for Steve Guerdat:

 

 

 

“I definitely prefer to use work bandages for flat work. I think they support the joints, ligaments and tendons, and prevent from strains etc.”

Kay Neatham, former long-time groom for Marcus Ehning:

 

 

“I have used many different combinations over the years, and they all worked. With boots it’s important to make sure they are clean and that they fit, so they don't cause rubs or sores. As to the bandages it’s important that the person putting them on can bandage, otherwise you do more harm than good.”

Nickki O’Donovan, long-time groom for Darragh Kenny:

 

 

“For flat work I like to put polos in front with under-wraps, hind fetlock boots and bell boots in front. For jumping I put Veredus tendon boots, even when jumping at home.” 

Sean Lynch, long-time groom for Daniel Deusser:

 

 

“All of our horses are flat-worked with bandages and back boots. Unless the horses are jumping, they will always stay this way – for jumping we use boots. Some people are different and like boots all the time but it’s something we never do here.” 

Aurelie Marchiando, long-time groom for Leopold van Asten:

 

 

 

“I like working bandages, but not necessarily hind boots or bell boots. This I only use if the horse really needs it.”

Morgane Tresch, long-time groom for Jeroen Dubbeldam:

 

 

 

“For flat work we use bandages with pads under and for jumping we only use boots on the front legs.” 

Jenny Ducoffre, long-time groom for Jos Verlooy:

 

 

 

“I never use bandages to jump, lunge or in the field – then I prefer boots. When the horses are flat-worked, I do use bandages in front.”

Madeleine Broek, long-time groom for Marc Houtzager:

 

 

 

“Our riders ride with bandages. The young horses have front boots.”

Cynthia Gurrie, former long-time groom for Michael Whitaker:

 

 

 

“We used work bandages for normal exercise at home and shows, but if they were training I would use front and back boots.” 

Malin Henlöv, former long-time groom for Peder Fredricson, now working for Evelina Tovek:


 

 

“I almost always use boots. I start with only having boots on the front legs and then I add protection only if needed. I only use bandages while riding if really needed.” 

 

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