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  • Do wraps provide support to horses legs

 
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    12-12-2012, 01:32 PM
  #1
Weanling
Leg wraps?

Hi all!

I just today (squee!) purchased a 10 year old arabian western pleasure gelding who has been consistently polo wrapped on his forelegs. The owner says she does it mostly out of habit (he previously showed *a lot* so they wanted to keep his legs unmarked) for protection and support (prevent bowed tendons, etc). Just FYI, he is very sound, so it isn't preventing an existing condition of any sort.

I've read mixed things about the kind of support that polos can provide, but my question is this: do you wrap your horse's legs when you are consistently working him/her? Should I continue to wrap my gelding's legs (eg. Will he be at all dependent on wraps)? We are going to be doing flat work & trails relatively often to take off a little grass belly/winter weight and I feel like it can't hurt, but would love input to be sure!

Thanks,

Ashley
     
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    12-12-2012, 02:16 PM
  #2
Started
I don't really believe that polo wraps provide support to the degree that his legs would become conditioned to needing them. Some support wraps can provide enough to make a difference but your basic polos, no. Imo of course.

Congratulations on the new horse btw! :)
     
    12-13-2012, 01:35 AM
  #3
Weanling
Thanks! I'm taking him home tomorrow-- very exciting!!

Anyone else have input?
     
    12-13-2012, 07:01 AM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by existentialpony    
Thanks! I'm taking him home tomorrow-- very exciting!!

Anyone else have input?
As part of my Uni degree I've been doing research for assignments, and I've come across a few pieces of research that suggest that constant booting/wrapping of the legs can cause them to overheat, causing tendon cell death. Now, I think this mainl applies to horses getting very hot, so it probably won't apply to you, maybe in hot weather though? I'll try and find you a link to the literature when I get home :)
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    12-13-2012, 07:37 AM
  #5
Weanling
Congrats on your new baby! =]

I use polo wraps on my Arab's front legs, but only for tendon support because he has a club foot and we do show jumping. He hasn't had any lameness problems, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. It sounds like your guy doesn't need them, though, but it can't hurt to use them every once in a while.
     
    12-15-2012, 10:43 PM
  #6
Weanling
Okay, thanks for the replies. :) I do have a question, though; the previous owner wrapped to prevent nicks on the leg, but also (her trainer claims) bowed tendons-- so instead of wrapping, what kind of conditioning can I do to prevent bowed tendons in the absence of any kind of support? Right now, since he's (1) new to me and (2) a little out of shape, we are doing a lot of walk-trot transitions, fast walk/trot, slow walk/trot, etc. Will these exercises be good enough to condition his forelegs or is there something else I can do?

Secondly, should I provide some kind of support? Especially for trail rides? Honestly, for all of the horses I've taken on trails etc, I have never needed to wrap legs but as I am new to Arabians and also new as a horse owner, I can't help a little paranoia.
     
    12-15-2012, 11:15 PM
  #7
Trained
Okay I am a believer in polo wraps for support, but they are extremely harmful if wrapped wrong and are time consuming. I use sport boots more often, such as the Classic Equine Legacy boots or the Professional's Choice SMBs with bell boots on the front.

For trail rides, I don't wrap or boot at all.
     
    12-15-2012, 11:42 PM
  #8
Yearling
I also think polo wraps are unnecessary on trail. They're actually kind of a pain in the butt when used on trail. Burrs and sticks usually get stuck to them and then you are left picking them all out...Which sucks.. I think they are really only needed when you are doing strenuous or hard workouts.
     
    12-16-2012, 04:25 AM
  #9
Trained
My daughter went the english route, they seem to be big into polos. I, too, find it time consuming as well as risky if you do not wrap correctly. Looks neat, though. :) A high quality well fitted set of boots, e.g., smb's, are better, IMO. I would not skimp on the quality of boots....it is better to go w/o than to get a low quality ill-fitted pair. But, for trails, you might want to consider brushing boots or the like, which are desinged not to get "picked"...smb's are not cheap, and they can get pretty tattered on the trail.
     
    12-16-2012, 07:12 AM
  #10
Foal
Get the dover sport boots, they are affordable and offer great support. Way easier to put on then polo wraps, I use them on trails, schooling, showing and even turnout.
     

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