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post #1 of 6 Old 05-05-2010, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Sport Medicine Boots and Polo Wraps

My new gelding came with a wardrobe of leg ware, including a full set of Professional's choice smx(?) boots along with a couple sets of polo wraps (and shipping boots). I assume he has these since he was a show horse, but is there any reason he should be wearing them on the trail and for pleasure riding? I don't think he has worn them in awhile, as his previous owner (who didn't show him) didn't ride him much in the past few years.

Also, how tight are boots and polo wraps supposed to be? All of the videos I have watched online say to make them tight/snug...I wouldn't want to hurt his legs with too tight boots/wraps. I'd greatly appreciate it if someone could explain this to me.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-05-2010, 06:13 PM
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Eh, you shouldn't really need them much on the trail. I sometimes will use splint boots if I have an uncoordinated young horse that is constantly knocking his legs, but the boots are generally just for showing and shipping.

And as for wrapping, get someone to show you. They should be snug, yes, but not too tight. If you have them too tight you could ruin the legs but too loose could be just as bad.

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On the trail, I personally always use wraps or boots, just to prevent my horse's legs from scrapes and bumps, and just in case (knock on wood) she slips. Then again, I've never ridden her without some sort of boot or wrap. But I know tons of people who never go on the trail without leg protection!

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I never use boots unless doing Polox or Campdrafting, where there is a risk that the other horse or cow may stand on my horses legs.

If you are unsure of how to use boots and wraps, then either get someone experienced to show you, or just don't use them - They aren't essential.

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Okay, thanks for the information everyone! I won't attempt to put on his boots or wraps unless someone shows me how. None of my other horses were ever recommended to wear leg protection, so I'm pretty new with all of this. I appreciate all of the advice!
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I ride with boots a lot of the time - keep in mind I'm mostly an arena rider.
Polo wraps are great if you know how to wrap them; however, if you wrap them incorrectly, you can injure the horse's leg. Please be aware of that. There is an art to wrapping polos, and I strongly suggest you get someone experienced in wrapping to show you how to wrap, and be there with you the first few times you do it on your own.
SMB boots are fairly foolproof, and are a fairly good shock absorber.

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