What do people use for wrapping legs in dressage here? I have ridden barelegged for a while now, but I am a little concerned with the hardness of our arena stone, are polo wraps good or would you suggest something else? I already have some polo wraps, and I know how to apply them, but I have always been too lazy to use them, do you think it would be worth it?
My trainer uses polo wraps, I probably will too when I start showing dressage. I like how clean they look, especially white. They also have polo wraps with velcro that you just velcro on instead of wrapping.
Thanks, I am trying to avoid spending too much money, or I would've gotten SMB boots by now, but I can't justify spending that much money on them when I already have polo wraps, I think I will probably end up sticking with the wraps... idk
I prefer boots for my usual schooling. Bandages are too much hassle to put on every day, unless you've got the time to spend bandaging carefully each time you ride (which you struggle with when you are working more than 6 horses!!), just boot.
I use brushing boots or sling boots depending on the horse. My brushing boots are fleece lined with a 'strike pad' on the inside of the leg. My sling boots wrap around the leg and go under the fetlock, they offer a little more support than brushing boots so I usually put them on horses that I am working a little harder in lateral work and more advanced movements. Otherwise just brushing boots.
I also put bell boots either on just the fronts, or all 4 again depending on the horse and level of work.
As for bandages, I only bandage when I'm at a clinic or for presentation (e.g. Presenting for sale, photo's for website etc.)
Boots or bandages will not remedy the issues caused by hard footing. Studies have shown that in order to provide support, one would have to cut off circulation with said boot or bandage.
Please only use polos if you know how to wrap correctly and are diligent enough to re-wrap legs if you've done a poor job.
I use polos when ever I am "in public". So at my coach's place, riding in a clinic or on the show grounds, etc.. Otherwise I use open front boots on the front legs and polo wrap the hind legs. I might also use "dressage sport boots" if I am in a real rush, but personally I find that they can shift.
I would be very interested to try the Veredus Piaffe Evo boots.. However they are very expensive. (like $1000 for the set I think...)
I asked a veterinarian about this, and he said, that if you want to strengthen the legs, you don't use support. The only use for wraps etc. is to protect against imact, like if you're jumping, polo, or if your horse has a tendency to hit his own legs, as is not uncommon when starting advanced movements. But they do look nice.