BY JESS CLAWSON
I live in my barn—literally—and manage the six horses who live in it with me. It’s a great life, but comes with a lot of responsibility. There’s no one else to turn to if I discover a problem with one of my horses. I’m the one calling the vet while I take temperatures, cold hose injuries, and wrap legs.
Fortunately, my Pony Club education has helped me a lot with all of this, and I feel confident in my ability to manage just about anything until the vet or farrier arrives. One thing I’ve learned that’s essential when things go wrong is that it is always a good idea to have a well-stocked, organized first aid kit (or closet, in my case) with the best supplies available.
ChuckUms Wraps by Pivot Equine have a permanent place in my lineup after dealing with a nasty leg wound that needed a lot of care and regular re-wrapping. I have a healthy supply of cotton stable wrap quilts, but I hate to use them when a leg is bleeding or has medicine on it. Cotton wraps are hard to clean, and I don’t completely trust that the quilts are sanitary. Sometimes I’ll use sheet cotton instead, but it’s expensive and has to be cut to size, which is an arduous task when I’m trying to hurry or when my fingers are cold. Plus, cotton can absorb dirt and moisture which doesn’t help matters.
ChuckUms are a great solution to this problem with no cutting sheet cotton and no ruining standing wrap quilts. You can get ChuckUms in 14” and 16” sizes, with 12” coming soon. They’re hygienic and reusable until they get dirty. I’ve found thatI could get several uses out of them, unlike sheet cotton, which I would have to throw away every time. They even come packed in a nice resealable bag to make storing easy. I like that they don’t use bleach, which is bad for both the horses’ skin and the environment.
I found that the ChuckUms wraps were as easy to wrap with as a stable bandage quilt. It takes some practice to get it exactly right regardless of materials, but I have plenty of that (and you can too—it’s a great thing to work on when it’s too cold or hot or rainy to ride, and it’s better to learn how to wrap properly before your horse gets injured). ChuckUms give a nice padding under the wrap, and I just used my regular stable bandages on top to secure them to the leg. If you’re looking for an entirely disposable wrap, they would work just as well with vet wrap.
It might seem that these are more wasteful than using the washable cotton quilts, but I don’t think so at all. Washable quilts work great for dry wrap situations, like compression or shipping (although the ChuckUms would absolutely work in those situations too), but there are times when you really need your wrap to be sanitary and possibly disposable. In that case, I’d rather use these than quilts. And because it’s entirely possible to reuse these many times, you’re not creating waste every time you wrap.
ChuckUms are the perfect middle ground between sheet cotton and stable wrap quilts: they’re clean, comfortable, and walk the line of reusable and disposable. I’m definitely going to ensure that they’re always in my supply closet for the next time I have to wrap a leg.
About the Author: Jess is a professional historian and educator who lives in northwestern Virginia. They completed their undergraduate degree in English at William & Mary, and did their masters and doctoral work at the University of Florida. Jess is an event rider with a passion for thoroughbreds, and has extensive experience in community organizing around queer identities, racial marginalization, and labor.
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