Join Date: Oct 2011
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When putting things on for trailering, keep in mind that it coming off or slipping and her stepping on it and getting stuck are not good options- this is an issue when polo-ing/standing wraps/ shipping boots. Also if you aren't practived at putting polos on, wait to put on standing bandages on until you are super solid at polos- polos you can't really injure their legs because its hard to get fleece super tight, but standing wraps can cause more harm than good if not applied properly (I have seen WAY too many bandage bows from well intentioned owners)
If she wont let you put boots on behind, she isn't going to let you put polos on. You need to really work with her on that- that is a disrespectful thing, she should be able to have her back legs handled.
For a 1.5 mile trailer ride, I would put on bell boots to protect her heels/shoes if she has them, and if she is being silly when unloading, go ahead and put sport boots on front and hind. I wouldn't leave those boots on for a several hour trailer ride because they don't breathe and the heat can damage her legs, but for such a short distance there shouldn't be a problem.
The easiest/best fix would be to improve the behaviours that are causing these injuries- maybe practice loading and unloading and not going anywhere so she doesn't get so amped up.
Best of luck!
"Riding: the art of keeping the horse between you and the ground."