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    12-27-2009, 06:18 PM
  #1
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Track bandages VS polo wraps

Okay I got a set of track bandages for xmas that I asked for. I was a little shocked b/c what I thought they were .. they weren't haha. I thought they were the same material as the polos just thinner/flatter not as bulky. These are the same exsact material as standing bandages just not as wide and not as long.

So my question is, are they better or worse to use for excersizing than polos. (leaving boots out of this) . I wrapped ginger with them and have to say I love the way they look compared to the bulky polos. And they seem to warp to her form better. IDK if that made sence.

I know they use them normally on the hind legs of race horses.

So does any one have any input? Im just cuious because I was told standing bandages are only for the stall. I thought it was b.c of the material, but is it b/c of how wide & long they are ? These are the same thing just the width is half , and they arent as long. I really like these to be honest so I hope I can use them =D they were $3.00 more than polos. She seemed to move fine , as if they were polos or nothing at all. They seem much lighter than polos too.

Lets hear it
     
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    12-27-2009, 06:54 PM
  #2
Foal
They are not the same as polos. I would use the polos. Track bandages are well for the track! They are meant to be put on fairly tight. We use them on some of our pacers and trotters if we want to 'widen' them behind. It can change their gait a little. We put cottons UNDER the track bandage. I would find a nice set of polos. You can find them less bulky. The polos I use at work are THICK but the ones I use on my riding horses are prefect and form to the leg nicely.

However! I guess you could use them, what is your purpose though for using them? I polo to prevent interferring and such, in which you may WANT a bit more of a thicker fleece ...
     
    12-27-2009, 06:56 PM
  #3
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I have about a gazzillion sets of polos haah I asked for the track bandaged bc I thought they were less bulky and better at being supportive. She moved just the same to be honest. I like them quite a bit. I just wanted to hear oppionions and cons and pros =D thank you for that =D
     
    12-27-2009, 06:59 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by barnprincess    
i have about a gazzillion sets of polos haah I asked for the track bandaged bc I thought they were less bulky and better at being supportive. She moved just the same to be honest. I like them quite a bit. I just wanted to hear oppionions and cons and pros =D thank you for that =D
They will offer more support provided you know how to put them on. However for me it feels as though I lose some of the protection as they are thinner. =) Glad they worked for you though.
     
    12-27-2009, 07:01 PM
  #5
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Well I don't make mine super tight I just use them for flat work, I use her boots for jumping. I wrapped these as if they were the standing wraps as they are the same material. No bumps in them , flat, and spaced evenley. Under the fetlock I leave it a tad loose and when I come back around I do even pressure again. I also make sure they have the criss cross in the front for flexion . Is that correct ?
     
    12-27-2009, 07:03 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by barnprincess    
well I don't make mine super tight I just use them for flat work, I use her boots for jumping. I wrapped these as if they were the standing wraps as they are the same material. No bumps in them , flat, and spaced evenley. Under the fetlock I leave it a tad loose and when I come back around I do even pressure again. I also make sure they have the criss cross in the front for flexion . Is that correct ?
Sounds good, honestly I'm not really sure the application as I use them on only race horses. We apply them over a SUPER thin piece of cotton, and VERY tightly as they do have a lot of stretch and at high speeds the last thing we want is the bandage coming undone. Hopefully someone else who uses them for flat every day riding will pop in and give their experience.
     
    12-27-2009, 07:07 PM
  #7
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Thanksss =D I apprechiate it. Dosent wrapping too tightly cut circulation and flexion ? I'd think so any way.
     
    12-27-2009, 07:10 PM
  #8
Foal
Yes it can cause some circulation issues, however for the racehorses we put them on the horses last, before they race. The race is 2 minutes long and then they come off. The point we use them for is to widen their gait, so to achieve that you must do it tightly, this is what I was told anyways!! Lol But of course for riding not too tightly but still firm enough as it does have the stretch.
     
    12-27-2009, 07:12 PM
  #9
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Very interesting. You learn something new every day =D
     
    12-30-2009, 05:33 PM
  #10
Yearling
Brace bandages are used not only for widening the gait, but support and slight protection too. Theyre good for horses that have bad suspensories, old bowed tendons, etc.

As far as them vs polos-

Support, brace bandages provide more support
Protection, polos are the way to go

If your polos are too large and bulky, you may not be putting them on tight enough. And therefore you can run into the problem of them slipping down.
I wouldnt use brace bandages on a daily basis for exercising. Really you need to be taught how to put them on since they have so much elasticity and have to be put on pretty tight in order to not slip off. Also you do not have to wear anything under them. The reason we wear cottons or rubbers under them is either a tad bit of added weight (widens the gait), or a little added protection (some horses will just slightly nick themselves without it)

As far as standing bandages, you should never use them for exercise. Those can slip way too easy and you can end up with a slew a problems such and cording, bandage bows (which is not a true bowed tendon), falls from the bandage slipping and causing misstepping..... they arent made for it
     

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