Originally Posted by Endiku
I will say that I'm not educated in the barrel world, so I'll take your guy's word. However, I really fail to see how polos can really give all that much support- but maybe I've never seen the really expensive, thick ones you guys are talking about. I've only seen them in the tack store. And since most people don't correctly wrap, I think they often do more harm than good unfortunately.
Do you guys have any articles or anything that might explain how polos are just as effective as boots that that they really do give a lot of support? Don't get me wrong, I love polos and use them sometimes to keep my mare from scratching herself up or accidently overreaching and cutting herself, but I've never looked at them as actual support braces, nor have any of the people I've ever worked with. Of course I don't tend to use boots or anything at all, unless I'm working a cow horse that I need to 'dig' into the dirt when we're on the job. Enlighten me please! :)
I made a thread comparing polos vs sport boots about a year ago, which includes an study from Professional's Choice. Here's the link: Boots vs Polos .... Here is the Professional's Choice SMB study from 1998 ...
Neither polo wraps nor sport boots give the amount of support that a company claims. That's why I actually got a physical copy of the study from Professional's Choice to see for myself. On their website they claim the sport boots absorb up to 45% of energy, but actually reading the study it really can be as little as 4.7%. That's why I never put much credibility into a company's claim because they will twist the end result to say what makes them sound good.
That said, a sport boot will support more than a polo wrap
. Studies have proven it. But again, does it really make a difference when you're talking about a difference of a mere 2% to 4% of shock absorption on a 1,200 pound animal between a polo and a boot? No, not really.
I use Sport Boots more with the idea of coverage and protection in mind, rather than support. Sure, that small amount of support is there and helps a little bit, but it's not a huge factor.