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        01-03-2010, 10:10 PM
    Boots rub my horse, yes all boots :P I'll use open fronts when jumping, but schooling I limit my boot use. They are great in warm-up arenas because they come off easier than polos.
    I agree that polos keep the alignment of the soft tissues in the horse's leg, and although they don't offer much support or protection, they offer some. What are we doing to our horses that we need to bullet proof their lower legs??

    I don't know how popular it is in your areas, but some places I've been people swear upon using Climatex under polos. Do you think this has any merit?
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        01-03-2010, 10:15 PM
    Green Broke
    What's climatex?
        01-03-2010, 10:16 PM
    Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
    What's climatex?
        01-03-2010, 10:21 PM
    I know that polos are meant to protect tendons in their lower leg. I would think they are for horses who do more upper level training in any kind of flat work (western or english), or any jumping. I use them for flat work from time to time, but I do no upper level training as it is. I like to put them on mostly because they look good! (:
        01-03-2010, 10:27 PM
    Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
    If you're useig PVC poles which is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do
    I agree, I hate PVC poles.
        01-03-2010, 10:41 PM
    I use them when longing, after bathes to keep legs clean, and sometimes for flat work.
        01-03-2010, 11:16 PM
    I use polos if I plan on riding in the trail that goes in the woods/ brush. They protect his legs from getting all scraped up from the branches and sticks he might step on on the trail.
        01-03-2010, 11:25 PM
    I use polos a LOT. They are great for a bit of protection. If I am riding a known 'hitter' then I will probably get a hardshelled boot for that particular area the horse is hitting, but polos are great for all around protection in case of some mishaps. I will NOT use them on trails though as if they were to get wet and sag and absorb the water. I would use them flat/jumping etc.
        01-06-2010, 09:36 PM
    Green Broke
    Yeah, I would never use them out on the trail, I would go for boots.
        01-07-2010, 07:14 AM
    Green Broke
    I love my polo wraps just because there so cute, but they also helped when Chance was first learning to jump, they offered some extra protection when she akwardly jumped here and there, but also didnt prevent her from feeling that pole hit her legs when she would hit it.

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