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post #1 of 20 Old 09-11-2010, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Why are polo wraps dangerous?

I usually just use boots to support my horse's legs, but i figured i may as well start using polo wraps, just so i know how to put them on and get good at it. Anyway, my trainer showed me how to put them on, but that was a while ago, so i searched it up online to find some " how to" websites to refresh my memory. anyway, i found a few and all made a huge deal about tiny wrinkles, and how dangerous it was to wrap them even a bit too tight. I can understand how it would cause discomfort, but can EVEN A TINY WRINKLE ( as written on a website) really ruin you're horses legs like the websites say?
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-11-2010, 12:06 PM
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No, tiny wrinkles won't but wrapping the wrong way or too tightly can definitely.
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people use polo wraps just to use them. for the cute "matching" factor. i can't even tell you how many times i've seen ponies with bunched up polos, unproperly wrapped. don't be that person! the wrinkles can't affect the horse. it's when they've tight or not supported in the right areas. look on youtube for proper techniques and instructions.. it helps alot.

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a wrinkle under a tightly wrapped polo could cause problems but if it is wrapped at the right tension a tiny wrinkle won't hurt them, also you can pull the tendon in the back of the leg into the wrong place if you wrap them to tight and that can cause serious problems

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Actually, the wrinkle can cause huge issues. Wrinkles in wraps cause bowed tendons, which can put a horse out of competition and riding for the rest of it's life. You can never get a wrinkle in a wrap.

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Originally Posted by StormyBlues View Post
Actually, the wrinkle can cause huge issues. Wrinkles in wraps cause bowed tendons, which can put a horse out of competition and riding for the rest of it's life. You can never get a wrinkle in a wrap.

Exactly... wrinkles, unevenness, cording, and wrapping the wrong way can all pull against the tendons in a way that causes bowed tendons.
Another reason most don't like to use polo wraps, is because when they get wet they tend to stretch and get heavy, possibly causing the wrap to slide down the horses leg and get caught/tripped/etc.
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post #7 of 20 Old 09-11-2010, 10:49 PM
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Not only this, but they just don't support the tendons the way a boot like PC's SMB does. They're great for protecting against scratches and such, but they're not that great at actually protecting/supporting the tendon. Yes, its good to know how b/c in a pinch they're fine as long as its on properly...but for normal riding I will ONLY use my SMBs.
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post #8 of 20 Old 09-12-2010, 12:51 PM
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^True. Polo's don't support the legs at all, they're just there for protection. While I abhor SMB's for my own personal reasons, I use boots when I ride too. Neoprene (What SMB's, Woof boots, and a lot of brushing boots are made out of) has been proven to absorb shock when the horse's leg hits the ground. Therefore, if you are looking for support, gets some boots like Woof Boots, SMB's if that's your thing, or just basic splint boots. Also, polo wraps can and will unravel if they get wet or if they aren't wrapped properly, so they should only be used when doing flatwork.

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If I were you, I would find the instructor that showed you the first time and have him/her show you again. Or ask your vet to show you. It is imperative that you make sure that the wraps are smooth and consistent. A wrinkle, even a small one can cause great discomfort and lameness. Ever had a wrinkle in your sock that you couldn't get out immediately? Think about how uncomfortable that was, and later how sore your foot or leg was because of it. That same wrinkle in a polo wrap can cause a tendon to bow, or make the horse extremely sore because of the additional pressure that it created. Also, I've never found a pair of polo wraps that the velcro lined up exactly like it should so they are prone to coming undone. Use electrical tape over the velcro to make sure that it stays connected. Polo wraps offer no support, as has already been pointed out, but it is important to know how to wrap them properly. I have used them for years without any incident of lameness or injury from them, but I'm always really careful to make sure that I use them properly. And before I ever run my mare or train too intensely I will have a pair of SMB Elites with Ventec to fully protect my mare. But for right now the polo wraps are fine for no more than what I'm doing, which is mainly flat work and ground work.
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post #10 of 20 Old 09-12-2010, 03:14 PM
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I'm glad theis thread came up when it did. My friend (the one who's horse I'm leasing) got Lucas some polos before she left for school and showed me how to wrap them. She figured he could use them since he's getting old, some extra support might be good for him. But I guess they won't help, and I don't really trust myself to wrap them right, having only been showed once how to do it properly. I guess I'll go look for some boots for him.
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