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post #1 of 12 Old 12-29-2008, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Question about polo wraps

I just got Sandie polo wraps, but I don't really know how to wrap her legs yet -- and I've heard that if you wrap them too loose it's bad because they can come undone and the horse can trip...but that it's really bad if you wrap too tight and can cause bowing!

Does anyone know an easy and surefire way to learn how to wrap a horse's legs using polo wraps that will ensure they won't be too loose or too tight??

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-29-2008, 09:58 PM
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If you don't know how, have someone properly show you...

Always wrap towards the tail so that you wrap the tendon in.

Here is a video...

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If you wrap them too loose they can fall up and the horse can get tangled in them. If you wrap them too tight and/or unevenly they can cut off circulation in the leg and cause damage (such as a bowed tendon.)

To start, make sure your polo is rolled up correctly. Take the velcro and fold it back so it attaches to itself. Continue to roll the wrap as tight as you can keeping both ends even so you end up with a small even roll.

Depending on the size of the horse's leg, you may have to start closer to the knee (shorter cannon bone) or in the middle (average cannon bone). Angle the wrap so about 4 inches of wrap is pointing up from where you want to start. Begin wrapping around the leg always passing the wrap from front to back when you are on the outside of the leg (counter clockwise on the left legs, clockwise on the right legs.) Wrap all the way down making a cross over the back of the vetlock so there is an inverted "V" of fabric behind the joint. Continue rolling back up the leg, folding down that piece of fabric that you left sticking up originally. When you arrive just below the knee you should have just enough fabric so that there is the same even pressure over the whole leg. You might have to continue wrapping done a few times though.

You should always over wrap each time by about 1/2 the width of the polol. Most polos are 4" wide. Keep even tension the whole time. You should be able to wiggle a finger in between the polo and the leg - not easily slip one in nor should you have to go through pain to get your finger in. The best thing to do is PRACTICE over and over and over and over. Have an experienced person (barn manager, instructor, etc.) check your job each time. My old coach/BO used to make me practice when I was tacking up her horses.

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Wow thanks for the help! Beau, I love your diagram!

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I found some pics of one way to go about it-










There is not one specific correct or incorrect way to wrap polos
(i do a variation of this method)
Just always wrap the tendon to the inside and keep even pressure

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post #6 of 12 Old 12-30-2008, 04:18 PM
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There is not any one way that makes sure you get it tight enough but not to tight. But just keep trieing
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those pics are very helpful ALY, thanks!

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I just got Sandie polo wraps, but I don't really know how to wrap her legs yet -- and I've heard that if you wrap them too loose it's bad because they can come undone and the horse can trip...but that it's really bad if you wrap too tight and can cause bowing!

Does anyone know an easy and surefire way to learn how to wrap a horse's legs using polo wraps that will ensure they won't be too loose or too tight??
You can do a lot of damage if not wrapped properly as well as making them useless. Most people I know hate them because they take so long to put on and off and then you have to re-wrap them but... I love them I love the bright colors

I learned how to wrap properly in Pony Club when I was younger. Reading about it won't be of much help or at least not as good as if you see it done. Try looking it up on youtube. I'm currently at work and unable to look things up on that site but try finding some and posting them here. NOT ALL wrapping jobs are correct. There is only one proper way of doing to offer the right support and protection. I'll come back here with some videos of proper polo wraping.
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those pictures are great but keep in mind that in the third picture, I would wrap the leg one more time to avoid the bubble that is going to happen with that gap left behind the fetlock.

Making sure that you wraps aren't too tight def comes with practice, but think of it as wraping your ankle, have a steady pressure, but not enough to cut circulation, you want to support the joint and tendons, not bind them.

Hope that all this advice from everyone helps.
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-31-2008, 11:11 PM
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Well, I can't help you, because I don't know either! Luckly my mom is like one of the best polo wrapers ever! She had to wrap Apollo every time she did ANYTHING with him! He had lime green polos! I miss our big boy! But Blue has electric blue ones for travle!

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