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        01-07-2010, 12:42 PM
      #41
    Yearling
    I use polos because of the brushing issue many have already explained (and what they were initially invented for ;D), especially on the clumsy horses and babies, but Cowboy has such a big stride it's ridiculous, so if I'm going to be asking for a lot of extension, he gets polos.
         
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        01-07-2010, 09:35 PM
      #42
    Weanling
    I like polos for flat work and low jumps. I think of em like leg warmers really. They don't offer much support but for some reason my horse actually has an afinity for bright colors. Odd but adorable. My horse had a big stride to, so think they help a lot
         
        01-07-2010, 10:20 PM
      #43
    Trained
    I use polos all the time. I think of it like an Ace bandage for people. If you put them on right, yes, they offer support, and yes, they protect the horse from the elements. We usually do flatwork in the pasture and trail rides. I ALWAYS put polos on when we trail ride to protect her legs from scratchy bushes, rocks, and for that little bit extra support. I've been putting them on horses for years, and not once have I had them unravel or get caught on anything. Plus, they look great. =]
         
        01-08-2010, 01:55 PM
      #44
    Started
    I put polos on because it makes me feel better and I love the patterns. You can find just about anything on ebay. I don't use them most of the time.

    My mare tore a ligament on the backside, just below her knee a few year ago. I am a little paranoid about it. I usually put icy hot on it then wrap it, if the ring dosent have excellent footing, it really depends on how I feel at that moment though. I don't have any boots for her. (Well I have a pair of open fronts, but I never actually used them.) We only do flat work and light trail riding. She gets ridden like maybe 20times a year. I would never use polos on the trail, a branch could pull them or unravel them. They are great for desensatizing.

    I didnt think they would work well as standing wraps. They have to much give/stretch for me. I prefer plain old standing wraps and no bows.
         
        01-09-2010, 02:26 AM
      #45
    Yearling
    I've never used polos on any horse I've ridden. I think that is because it's not really a common practice here.
         
        01-09-2010, 03:07 AM
      #46
    Trained
    I always use atleast front wraps, whether it's polos or SMBs...I don't have SMB's for the babies, so they have to use Polos.

    I think they offer atleast something in the way of support; if you watch the flexion when a horse is properly wrapped compared to when he is not wrapped at all, there IS a difference in how much the tendons seem to flex downwards.

    I dunno, maybe they do, and maybe they don't, but applied properly, I certainly don't think they can hurt.
         
        01-09-2010, 10:17 AM
      #47
    Foal
    I use fleece polo wraps when trailering my horse. We have a stock trailer & all the horses are loaded in diagonally & placed next to each other. The polo wraps help protect their legs from accidently getting knicked by the horse next to them. Depending on the horse I also put bell boots on to protect that area as well. That's about the only reason I use polos. The only horse of ours that gets boots is Chief and that was only when he was working cattle in the stockyard several days a week.
         

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