As I was wrapping horse legs for the millionth time the other night, I realized I’ve never done a review of one of my favorite products: Dura-Tech No Bow Quick Wraps. I pulled up my invoice to check, and I bought these wraps back in 2012! I don’t mean I bought my first pair then, I mean I bought this pair back in 2012. And they are still trucking.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t blogging back in 2012 and I can’t find any pictures of my horses wearing them back then. When Dijon bowed his tendon the first time, I treated him with what I had on hand: poultice, paper, and polo wraps. I was very cheap and I was kinda of scared of causing another bow by wrapping standing wraps incorrectly. He did recover from that injury just fine despite the lack of proper wraps. When I saw the No-Bow wraps though, I thought they seemed like an excellent solution.
I’ve had these No Bows for 6 years now and they’ve been through:
- A second incidence of Dijon bowing his back tendons
- Nilla fracturing her leg
- Nilla developing proud flesh from her leg injury
- Nilla tearing a suspensory
- Nilla tearing the other side of her suspensory
- Eugene popping a big splint
- Countless random swellings and sorenesses that needed wrapping
I also use them for preventative poulticing and wrapping after Cross Country, although I can find no pictures of this.
Aside from the whole no bow feature, which is pretty awesome, these things are really convenient. The standing wrap and the no bow padded wrap are sewn together. You don’t have to juggle two bandages wishing you had a third arm while trying to get them together. You just unroll the whole thing in one continuous motion. I don’t have a good picture of the connection so here’s one from Schneider’s website:
These wraps survive pasture and paddock life just fine.
Nilla and Dijon were easy on the bandages. Although they get turned out and roll and sleep in them, they don’t actively try to destroy them. Eugene hates bandages on his legs and will try to pull them off. He’s managed to do this a few times in his pasture with these wraps, but the wraps themselves survived without any real damage. He did manage to bite a chunk out of one of the black straps, but it hasn’t caused any unravelling and I’m still using them. At Twin, he wore them overnight and didn’t pull them off or eat his poultice. Maybe he’s finally growing up!
I wash the wraps whenever they get really dirty. I do not baby these things at all: I throw them in a regular washer on hot with washing detergent and oxiclean and then I put them in the dryer on high. If I try to wash them with the polos at the same time, they like to tangle up, but otherwise I’ve never had an issue with them. They don’t seem to require any sort of special/delicate care. Or at least, I have never provided them with any special care and they are still looking and working great.
I also own the Dura-Tech® Rapid-Wrap No Bow Leg Wraps from Schneiders, which are similar but have 4 short velcro pieces instead of the one long standing wrap. I thought they would be even easier to use, but I don’t like the fit/stiffness from all the extra velcro and they’re not that much easier to apply so the old No Bows are still my go to. I will still use them if I need all four wraps. I really need to get more for when we both compete and need to wrap after XC.
This review was completely unsolicited. I bought the wraps with my own money and no special discounts. None of the links are affiliate links. I get nothing for posting this review. I simply really like the product and highly recommend them.