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post #1 of 6 Old 12-25-2012, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Friesians and polo wraps

I have a 12 year old Friesian gelding...our discipline is dressage. My problem is that he needs wraps for his hind legs -protection for brushing during lateral work. He has LOTS of feathers and so boots can't be made tight enough to keep them from spinning around. Wraps seem to be the only solution - except he also has large ergots. Does anyone have suggestions about extra long wraps - techniques - anything that would help?
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-26-2012, 12:07 PM
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If you can I would cut off the ergots and get them out of the way. Also why would you need extra long polos? How big his he?

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cut off the ergots

I ride a friesian who also has lots of feathering and they are fine under wraps. I brush them before i polo wrap to make sure everything is laying flat and they don't need further protection. I have not noticed hair being rubbed out at all.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-26-2012, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Friesian and polo wraps

I do cut off the ergots but he has a "bulb" that is quite pronounced. My guy is the heavier - not quite Baroque but definitely not sporthorse the circumference of his legs is considerable.
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It might be a custom job or if you are handy with a sewing machine it could probably be accomplished with some planning. I have seen people double up and use two polos and two wraps; however, this is more often done in the case of upper leg injures that continue into the lower leg. Ie. lacerations and I think it would significantly impair movement.
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I have wrapped a Perch mare with legs a good 12 inches around with Pony Polos once. It's all in how you wrap them. Start a good 1/2" down from the upper joint (knee/hock) and then wrap more on a diagonal so you're covering more surface area each time around. Make sure the feathering is clean and laying flat and just wrap over it. As with all polos make sure you pull tight across the cannon not the tendon and smooth out any wrinkles or bulges. You can also do just the cannon but bring it down even with the bottom of the ergot if you're having difficulties wrapping over the ergot when you move down around the pastern. If you are using them as "brushing" support you don't need to wrap down around the pastern as long as you wrap snugly and correctly along the cannon. Hope this helps!
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