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    07-14-2012, 06:21 PM
Green Broke
Exclamation polo wraps? or Boots?

Which do you prefer and why? I was thinking about using boots in the front polo wraps in tha back? Good? Or bad?
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    07-14-2012, 07:04 PM
I much prefer my Pro Choice SMB Elites over polos. Polos may protect against the occasional nick, but they do not support the leg. There's no definitive proof boots offer support either, but they're still my pick over polos.
    07-14-2012, 11:52 PM
I choose boots :)
    07-14-2012, 11:59 PM
I use boots for time reasons.

I personally believe polos support just as much if not more than boots do, but they are SO easy to screw up and downright dangrous unless you know how to use them. It can result in serious injury to your horse if wrapped wrong.

Plus, for the life of me, I can't ever get the **** things right the first time. >.> I always wrap them backwards then have to redo. I will use them for parades, showing horses to buyers, special events, grand entry at a rodeo/hs equestrian team, and things like that because they are flashier but I compete and school in boots.
    07-15-2012, 02:25 AM
When running I use Pro Equine boots on the fronts and Polos on the backs. I like boots on the front because they are thicker, stiffer, and offer more blunt force protection. And I prefer Polos on the backs because they cover higher on the legs. I have had two horses that I couldn't use boots if I wanted to because if they hit themselves they did it higher then the boots.

But with Polos you really need to have somebody teach you and you PRACTICE before even riding your horse in them...my mom checked my wraps for 3 years before she felt confident that they were correct. And I hear people say oh ya they know how to wrap and blah blah blah when they truely have no clue and their Polos scare the daylights our of me when they are riding. My mom grew up on the race track so she is a nazi when it comes to wrapping legs.
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    07-15-2012, 02:27 AM
^^ Agreed on the paragraph on wrapping
    07-16-2012, 09:02 AM
My mom grew up on the race track so she is a nazi when it comes to wrapping legs.
That would be me too! I didnt grow up on the track but I worked there for awhile and took a groom elite class. First we had to practice on fake horse legs and have teachers check them, then we had to do them on race horses and pass that. I got lucky and actually had a trainer in my groom elite class (she said you can never learn enough about horses, that's why she took the class) and she said she would teach me how to do them on her race horses before our actual test, after I got them down and passed, I had the trainer breathing down my neck (that I worked for) to make sure I did them to the T!

I agreed with your mom its so much more than pretty colors to choose from and a lot of people don't realise that.

Enough about that haha I choose boots(SMB elites by professional choice), I feel they offer more support that the polos don't. Don't get me wrong, I do have polos and will continue to practice with them and use them but I don't feel like they are for performance horses when actually in the ring doing their job
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    07-16-2012, 10:09 AM
Green Broke
I prefer polos. But I wrap them way different and because of the way they wrapped I believe they do provide support. When taught to wrap I was like everyone above, I was under strict supervision.
I also have a certain brand that I like, I insist that they are clean and I use two strips of electrical tape over the velcro as a safety measure.
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    07-16-2012, 11:26 AM
I am currently enrolled in an equine science diploma program, and we just recently did a six week class on boots, wraps, etc. What we were taught, was that polo wraps give very little support as they are not engineered anything like proper boots like smbs are. They do provide some protection, but in all reality, imagine the effect of say a back leg accidentally hitting a front leg, sure a polo would cushion it a little but not enough to leave them unharmed. Try wrapping your own calf/shin with a polo and imagine getting hit, and how much protection that would offer.
Before anyone may jump down my throat, just keep in mind this Is just me repeating what I was taught at my school. This is just one persons view on the subject, an I totally respect everyone else's just the same.
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    07-16-2012, 11:43 AM
I use boots when jumping or lots of cantering/running

Polos DO NOT support the leg and should not be used for doing jumps, if the polo was to come unwrapped it could be disastrous.
Polo wraps are used to protect against brushing

For my horse, they make her more away of her legs, like half chaps do for me

I use polos when going out on a well cleared trail, lunging and when we work on our trot.

I like SMB's the best, because they're really support the leg when you jump or run (:

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