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    05-24-2012, 10:51 AM
  #11
Weanling
I don't think that polo wraps or boots can make a horses legs last longer.

They will protect from external injuries, like knocks, bumps, cuts and scrapes from bumping themselves or from knocking a jump, for example.

I think the best thing people can do to help their horses legs last longer is to be sure to take the time to properly build up their horses fitness and conditioning gradually and then to properly maintain the level of fitness and conditioning that their horse needs to be at.
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    05-24-2012, 07:43 PM
  #12
Trained
No material that you put on a horse's legs will increase their longevity. Except perhaps ice boots and poultices to draw heat out after strenuous exercise or injury.
Otherwise, as said above, all that will help is for you to condition the horse. So no pulling the horse out of the paddock and going for a gallop, or jumping, after a month off. Warm up and cool down adequately to give the soft tissue time to prepare for harder work. And be mindful of the surfaces you ride on. Long periods or stenuous work on a too soft, or too hard surface will damage ligaments/tendons (soft surfaces) and joints (hard surfaces).

Its all about good, smart horse management and not how much gear you can strap onto their legs.
     
    05-26-2012, 08:59 AM
  #13
Foal
Ok, thanks for all the information! But I have one more question, is crusher dust too hard to jump on for an older horse?
     

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