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    09-12-2010, 03:17 PM
  #11
Weanling
Just my 2 cents here. I use polos daily. My mare is in great condition and doesn't need actual "support" - simply protection from rubbing on the inside, and typically only on the front. I agree with a lot of the advice given here - they must be wrapped correctly, and time must be taken to ensure that you're not leaving wrinkles, wrapping too tightly, wrapping too loosely, wrapping the right part of the horses leg, etc. It's a huge pet peeve of mine when people carelessly wrap polos. They should be neat, tidy, even, and the velcro should match perfectly. If the velcro doesn't match, I agree with the electrical tape solution - but an even better solution is not to use them at all, and use ones that actually fit your horse. I find this differs from brand to brand, and will now only by one type of polos from one specific tack shop in my area. Also, I train dressage. My opinion would differ greatly if I was training over fences.

Don't get discouraged - wrapping polos is really an art, and every time you wrap you'll get better and better. Remember the one finger rule in the top, and when you put your hand around the wrap to check tension, you should be able to move the skin underneath but not the wrap itself. This is fairly hard to describe in type, but if you want me to go into more detail you can feel free to PM me. I would have no issue putting together a how to video - although as a disclaimer, will take no responsibility in how my techniques are applied to another horse/rider combination.

Best of luck! Polos are fun especially once you know how to use them appropriately and safely!
     
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    09-12-2010, 03:22 PM
  #12
Yearling
I would love a how to video. I don't really trust what I might find looking for one on youtube.
     
    09-12-2010, 03:27 PM
  #13
Weanling
Well alrighty then - I think I can put something together for the HF crew. I'll be out at the farm again tomorrow evening and will have "my partner in crime best friend" with me, so she can be my videographer. Again though, gotta specify - no promises/guarantees on how the technique is applied to anyone else's situation except for mine.

Hopefully I can have this up for you within the next two days. Cheers!
     
    09-12-2010, 03:34 PM
  #14
Yearling
Awesome thanks! And don't worry, I would never think of blaming someone else if I do something wrong/ mess something up. I really don't understand why people do that.
     
    09-22-2010, 03:41 PM
  #15
Weanling
BUMP! I also got my polo wraps but the more I read about them the more I'm afraid to use them!

I'd love to see the video!
     
    09-22-2010, 04:06 PM
  #16
Started
I spent several years in Pony Club, and for some reason, they were a fan of wrapping, polos, shipping bandages standing wraps ect., so I learned a whole lot, and I'm very anal about making sure the wraps are on right. I use to use them a lot for doing flat work, partially because I could put different colors on the two diagonals for critiquing purposes ect., but I personally love SMBs. They are much quicker and easier to put on, they actually do support especially when jumping, and you don't have to wash them very often, and when you do, a quick spray with a hose normally works wonders. Not to mention, I have an Arabian now, and I had a TB mare with pretty slender legs, and the standard polo wraps I could find (all the tack stores I went to only had one size) were all too big, so I ended up with a big bunch at the top, which I really don't like. Get SMBs, and you can find the perfect size to fit your horse. There is a girl at my new barn who wraps her horses legs in polo wraps in his stall, because he gets bed sores, and she pulls the tendon towards her, not away, and its definitely uneven, and she leaves them on all day and all night except when she's riding, and I really hope that either I can get to know her well enough, or someone who does can let her know that she's doing it wrong, and show her how to do it right before he seriously injures himself. It is definitely an art, but once you learn how to do it, you can do it quickly and efficiently, and can mix and match, ect., which is always fun. Good luck, and I hope that the above poster can get you a good video that will help.
     
    09-22-2010, 05:50 PM
  #17
Weanling
Ugh - so my gorgeous video camera is broken. Bear with me! I still have intent to get this done. LOL!
     
    09-22-2010, 06:52 PM
  #18
Weanling
Oh, I thought maybe you forgot to upload it. I'll have to put my polo wraps on my horse tomorrow before we drive him to a new stable, hopefully I'll find somebody who can help me (though I better not even search for somebody like that as this place is full of people who think they swallowed all the knowledge of the world while they barely recognise a horse from a goat and think that pasture is one of the most cruel things you can do to a horse... might be a reason why we're leaving... anyway) - google time!


Please upload the video once you have it, it'll come very handy once for sure
     
    09-22-2010, 07:20 PM
  #19
Yearling
I don't use them just because there "cute" I use them to protect my horses legs. But it takes practice to learn to wrap them right or they can cause issues
     
    09-24-2010, 06:05 PM
  #20
Foal
I love polo wraps! I especially like to use them on the younger horses when I'm working them to protect their legs (groundwork and flatwork only). I wouldn't jump in them, but they have their uses. I also wrap legs when I'm trailering because I don't have shipping boots (if you have access to them, they are much better because they are softer and cover a larger area). And hey, I may not use them for the glam, but I love my bright neon green polo wraps xD Just got them. Going to be working with a jet-black TWH next week, and I'm probably going to match them with some purple ones on his back legs. Ya know, Halloween ;] *giggle* I feel like such a kid. I use them for the protection, I swear to it! ;]

Also, when I am working with new riders and I am explaining the beats of the gaits, I put different colored wraps on legs to explain which feet hit when. I.E., 2 different color wraps for the trot, 3 different colors for the canter, etc. Gives a visual reference for them to remember how many beats each gait is.

And finally, I will reinforce what everyone else has already said. WRAPPING CORRECTLY IS IMPERATIVE! :] I'd love to see the video, too, if you can get it uploaded!
     

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