When to use polos

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    01-02-2010, 12:45 PM
Green Broke
Question When to use polos

I've heard SO many opinions from people that run the entire spectrum, so I thought I'd get some more on here as well...

When do YOU use polo wraps? For flat work, jumping, never, all of the above?

I know some people who swear by polos all the time and others who say they don't do anything for the horse at all.

Personally, I always use them when jumping and only sometimes (fronts) when doing ground work with Sandie coming off of a recent splint sprain. Tell me when YOU use them, or whether you don't!
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    01-02-2010, 12:49 PM
I do not like Polo Wraps that much at all.

Pain in the ass to put on, to take off, to clean, to rewrap. I personally do not believe they offer much at all for the horses legs during any form of exercise, and I would wrather sped my money on something else.

However, I do use them for stable wraps. Standing, Poulice's such as now with Nelson's injury, and for shipping with his pillow wraps.

I do think they are handy when needed, and have their place, but I use them on a limited basis.
    01-02-2010, 12:54 PM
I just use them because they are cute haha

They may help with brushing a little, but I don't think they provide anything significant in the way of protection or support
    01-02-2010, 01:07 PM
Green Broke
I use polls everytime I ride. I do think they help the horse and I sorta like putting them on,LOL. But I do believe they support a little and protect. I also have a few stretch flex boots that I think are awesome when I'm in a rush and can't do wraps. I love themboth, but I usually use boots when I jump (which is rarelyim a dressage girl).
    01-02-2010, 01:21 PM
Depends what mood im in haha. I love my polos theyre comfy, warm, and colorful =]. If we're jumping high I use boots . I normally always work in polos. My Grey mare had tore her front right leg open just above the ball on her pastern ( if you look at ; http://www.localriding.com/image-fil...g-markings.jpg , where the line for the sock is on the back of the leg is where she did it.) So I ALWAYS even when she's turned out ,put her SMB elites on. Were just nervous she'll do something again bc she runs around like a lunatick! Hense her name hahah. As for my Bigger mare, she's got old bows and splints from her racing days so I always wrap her even when we just lightly work. Im just a neurotic mommy haha. I've always loved my polos. Better safe than sorry I say =].
    01-02-2010, 05:15 PM
Green Broke
It's been proven by many studies that polos offer no more support than a boot, they might absorb a little shock, but neoprene is better. I would never jump in them though, they could catch and snagg
    01-02-2010, 05:17 PM
If your jumping poles the polos wont catch on them..if they are wrapped correctly they also wont unravel.
    01-02-2010, 05:28 PM
I don't use polo-wraps.. MUCH prefer boots... However, I would never use them for jumping. I prefer open-fronts for jumping, or regular boots such as SMB. To me, the only time i'd use polos would be during flat work/dressage work. Never on the trails and never over fences.
    01-02-2010, 06:03 PM
I use mine for flatwork and as standing wraps but I never use them for jumping in I always use my boots for jumping I think my horse has the most boots and stuff for her legs I have ever seen lol
    01-02-2010, 06:28 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by barnprincess    
if your jumping poles the polos wont catch on them..if they are wrapped correctly they also wont unravel.
If you're useig PVC poles which is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do

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