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  • Dressage splint boots or polo wraps
  • Polo wraps and boots for dressage

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    12-21-2010, 07:56 PM
Polo wraps don't really offer much protection in the form of support. They do offer protection from scratches and a little bit of brushing from other legs. I have heard that they can help with circulation during the winter months, but I don't know how much proof there is to that.

I really dn't like them for hacking because burrs and things tend to get stuck in the fabric. Not to mention if you have to cross any water polos are terrible for that.

I like the teknas already posted or woof brushing boots which also have different colours :)
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    12-21-2010, 08:52 PM
BOOTS! Haha, and if you don't find the color you want, just do what I did. Go to lowes or home depot and get one of their sample wall paint in the color you want, (i know valspar does it) and paint the outer hard shell, then when you have enough coats, spray it with some clear acrylic sealer. Works great :) and I have a pair of cheap dover boots, that are the baby blue color of one of the eskadron brand kind. But make sure they are completely dry after every coat before you try to put anything else on!
    12-21-2010, 09:06 PM
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    12-22-2010, 11:32 PM
BOOTS!!! I can't bandage to save my life! LOL my horse ozzie has a bowed tendon so I WILL NOT bandage him because I might do it wrong and injure his tendon again. That and I ca't be bothered! LOL
I use open front ROMA boots (white with black lining) for showjumping and cross country boots for xc. Other then that if I can be bothered in use splint boots
    12-23-2010, 06:48 AM
Definitely boots. So much easier, user friendly, quick, easy to wash and store, time efficient, offer more protection... must I go on? Oh, and cheaper too depending on which ones you get, you need wraps under your bandages, you can't just bandage straight over the leg or you'll give your horse an injury, wraps can cost a small fortune if you buy decent ones.

I have bandages, but only ever use them when I attend clinics or if we're doing a photo shoot for the business. Otherwise they live in storage. Far too much hassle to use them daily.
    12-28-2010, 05:22 PM
I'm a polo girl myself. I must have 15 pairs. I can't find a pair of boots to accurately fit my mare - with polos I can wrap perfectly to fit her every time. That being said, I only need slight protection up front from a bit of brushing.

Edit: I should mention too that I strictly train dressage. No jumping involved whatsoever. Any form of jumping and I would be booting up as well. Just FYI.
    12-28-2010, 05:24 PM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
Oh, and cheaper too depending on which ones you get, you need wraps under your bandages, you can't just bandage straight over the leg or you'll give your horse an injury, wraps can cost a small fortune if you buy decent ones.

Are you talking about putting wraps under polos? If so, never in my life have I heard of this.
    12-28-2010, 09:05 PM
Might be language barrier - wraps as in pillow wraps under the bandages/polos. They stop the pressure of the wrapping of the polos from creating uneven pressure points down the leg. It's a world wide thing, not just Australian! Wrapping without padding under bandages/polos can cause a hell of a lot of damage to the tendon.
    12-28-2010, 09:11 PM
In the nicest way possible, that's crazy talk! When you ride, how the hell would you ride with a pillow wrap under the polos? I have literally never seen this in my whole riding career. And I would imagine that wrapping that improperly could cause more damage then just a well-wrapped polo. I've attached a pic of what I deem a normal polo wrapped for riding.

I'd be interested to learn more - simply because I'm obviously uneducated when it comes to this logic. Maybe you're talking about shipping? And replacing shipping boots with pillow wraps and standing bandages?
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    12-28-2010, 09:16 PM
Like this is what I mean by pillow wraps with standing bandages wrapped around them.

Anyways I don't mean to be a hijacker - sorry ladies! I was just super curious about that post!
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