Tapes Used in Horse Racing
With the 149th Kentucky Derby coming up, we can’t miss an opportunity to share how different tapes are used in the horse racing industry!
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With the 149th Kentucky Derby coming up, we can’t miss an opportunity to share how different tapes are used in the horse racing industry! The three standard products are electrical tape, duct tape, and masking tape – all serving different applications.
Electrical tape is most commonly used for securing polo wraps. These lightweight fleece wraps are used for tendon support while also providing a level of leg protection. With a top speed of 44 mph and close contact with other racers, thoroughbred horses can put a lot of pressure on their polo wraps to perform. A few passes of electrical tape will add extra holding power to the strap securing the polo wraps, helping to prevent unraveling injuries. Electrical tape can also be used for securing braids in the horses mane or tail.
After the race, many horses will have a poultice applied to their legs. This helps to draw out inflammation and create a faster recovery period. Once the poultice is applied, some people prefer to wrap the legs in addition and use masking tape to hold the standing wrap. Masking tape is easy-to-use and hand-tearable for quick removal.
Thousands of dollars are spent every year ensuring horses are sound and ready for the track. In the unfortunate case they develop a hoof abscess, duct tape can be used during the bandage process. Once the abscess has been removed and drained by a veterinarian, the hoof must be packed and covered to prevent infection. A medicated gauze pad may be used to pack and draw out further inflammation, which is then covered with a vet wrap. Duct tape is usually the final step in protecting the hoof and preventing the bandage from getting wet. The duct tape holds up to daily wear and creates a barrier while the hoof heals.
In addition to these three applications, an assortment of tapes could be found around the barn for general repair and maintenance.