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post #21 of 47 Old 01-02-2010, 06:09 PM
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mine are wrapped with colored tape. theyve been outside a year now without incedence(sp?) . My wood rails are pretty heavy so thats why i dont use them for high jumps. these are them


the ones i boxed off. theyre pretty heavy.. i have to drag them.
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post #22 of 47 Old 01-02-2010, 06:10 PM
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And for the question, i use them on my geldings hind legs during flatwork and low jumping.
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post #23 of 47 Old 01-02-2010, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by fourtwentyam View Post
Most of the barns around here use polos for flatting and booties for jumping. I think polos offer support similar to ace bandages - which, as far as I know, help me out!

I think it's very important to know how to wrap properly because if done incorrectly, you could do some major damage to your horse's legs!

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post #24 of 47 Old 01-02-2010, 06:53 PM
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I use them when Ben has healing cuts on his legs, I find they irritate scabs less then boots. Otherwise, I find boots to be much more conveinent
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post #25 of 47 Old 01-02-2010, 07:50 PM
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PVC breaks a heck of alot easier than wood. Of your horse knocks a jump and the pole is light, it will be more likly to roll under your horses feet as you go away from the jump, and when your horse steps on it, it breaks and splinters into the hoof. And when your horse hits a jump, don't you want them to feel it?

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I use polos every time I school lateral movements (a LOT of the time, then). They offer cushioning if a horse hits himself making poor movements.

I use boots when jumping. However, not all of my horses jump in boots. Some jump bare legged by THEIR preference.

As for PVC, it is very important that you use the correct grade of pole. PVC comes in two thicknesses. ALWAYS use the thicker, even though it is quite expensive. The thinner grade shatters into razor sharp edges if a horse steps on it and it breaks. I have seen bad arterial bleeding from a horse cut by one. They are not meant to be exposed to the sun and will get very brittle much quicker than you would expect. Always store PVC out of the sun or be prepared to replace them every year.
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post #27 of 47 Old 01-03-2010, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand View Post
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!
I use polo wraps every time I jump. I mean obviously it won't prevent a broken leg or a torn muscle, but simple things like cuts and scratches.

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post #28 of 47 Old 01-03-2010, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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I found this website which had an interesting bit on polos and their uses/whether they really provide any support...

MyHorse.com - The ABCs Of Using Polo Wraps

Aside from an eye-catching appearance, polos offer some protection to the lower leg from nicks, hits and rubs. Horses that tend to “run down,” meaning their fetlock contacts the ground and can be scraped when galloping may get sufficient protection from polo wraps.

As for actual leg support, you’ll find a wide range of opinions from polos being terrific support to their being so soft and stretchy that they provide no support. What they can do, though, is help hold the tendons and ligaments in good alignment so that they’re protected to some extent from sudden shifts in position and overstretching. If you’ve ever had a sore tendon or joint and used an elastic wrap you have some idea of how they can indeed improve comfort.
In addition, when the horse has a sore/wound/abrasion, polos may be a better choice, at least until the area heals, as they’re less irritating than most boots on a sore.

So it seems that may offer some support, according to the article above, although not to the extent that sport boots do obviously.

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What they can do, though, is help hold the tendons and ligaments in good alignment so that they’re protected to some extent from sudden shifts in position and overstretching.

This, in my opinion, is what polo wraps should be used for.

I use standing wraps for a horse that is injured, or has just been heavily exercised (such as when you come back from a show).

The biggest problem with wraps in general is they absolutely have to be wrapped correctly (even pressure throughout, not too tight, not too loose, etcetera), otherwise you can cause more harm that good. What I also see a lot of is people putting a standing wrap only one leg when the horse has an injury or cut. You should always wrap the leg that is parallel to the injured leg (example being both front legs), because you can cause things like stocking up or sometimes even founder. Plus, it's just more comfortable for the horse.

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post #30 of 47 Old 01-03-2010, 08:50 PM
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^ so true^

I don't use polos very often, but when I do my trainer always checks them. If she shows me the right way on one leg, she either does both, or unwraps and I do both so they are closer to equal
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