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        07-18-2009, 10:15 PM
      #11
    Foal
    It sounds like some sort of knee brace would be most effective but I would talk to your vet first because some wraps can do more harm than good.
         
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        07-18-2009, 10:15 PM
      #12
    Started
    Definitely consult your vet for advice on dealing with chipped knees. I'm not familiar with dealing with that kind of injury, but your vet will be able to steer you in the right direction, and probably give you a wrapping lesson if that is what he recommends.
         
        07-18-2009, 11:47 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I definitely would find out more from the vet on the horse's condition; just putting a wrap on the knee could compound the problem not benefit her. Discuss pros and cons to different wraps, and perhaps how you should work her, how much she can handle, and what she can handle; definitely no jumping or high stress riding for a horse like this, I would think. Anyway, I would consult a vet, preferably one who specializes in joint problems and bone issues, that way you have a better perspective, and not just speculation.
         
        07-19-2009, 03:11 AM
      #14
    Started
    The first time I walked into a tack shop and asked about Polo Wraps, the attendant (who owns and shows 6 different horses) immediately replied "I think splint boots are far easier, safer, and faster." then went into explaining, Because of the danger of creating pressure points on the horses legs, takes forever to do horses that can't stand still (my tb being prime example of this), and they are harder to clean than splint boots.

    She said they would be fine for short times in the float, but other than that, she strongly headed me in the direction of splint boots... And to be honest, I'm glad she did, because bubbles stands still for about 5 seconds (which thankfully is all it takes to put the boots on) and that's it... round and round in circles we go. (she has a tying up issue, or else we would do that)

    Three words on splint boots:

    Faster, Cheaper, Easier

    :)
         
        07-20-2009, 01:40 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I think splint boots are okay, but I prefer polos. I agree though, when done wrong, polos, just like standing wraps, can be incredibly dangerous. Every kid I teach to use them has to get them checked for over a month to make sure they are done correctly. I find that, especially for jumping, they protect the horses legs better. Plus, some horses tend to clip their legs while moving. I don't know why, but some do and polos help below where the splints stop.
         
        07-20-2009, 02:07 PM
      #16
    mls
    Trained
    Did anyone else experienced with polo wraps or doing a standing wrap watch that video link posted?
         
        07-20-2009, 03:09 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Here is the best way to learn how to wrap polos, repetition. You don't wrap a polo around the knees or the pasterns, but just slightly under the fetlock and around the cannons. There is also a certain direction you wrap each leg to make sure you are only pulling or tightening across the bone, not the tendon, and this can be troublesome at first. It is also hard to judge the amount of polo you have versus the amount of leg you have and that just takes practice. If you have regular old felt polos with velcro you are pretty safe to learn and not do much damage, but don't use track wraps or standing bandages until you have a very good handle on polos. If I were you, I would find a barn where they have a professional groom and ask if you can wrap every horse he has to turnout or groom for riding. If you agree to be uber helpful you might get the amount of practice you need to have a handle on the basics. Some grooms polo twenty horses a day, and he /she can start by demonstrating, then letting you atempt, reatempt, roll the polo and let him/her do it until the next horse comes out. But if you practice on twenty horses, and agree to roll up all the polos, even his, you would get the best understanding of how to do it. If you stay helpful you could maybe even learn more about standing bandages and such. That's my best advice, I watched the video, it was good, she wrapped a good polo, mine varies slightly, I don't double figure eight the bottom, but I don't agree with the last part about it doesn't matter which way you wrap but I don't think she was stating her opinion.
         
        07-20-2009, 08:39 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Piper182    
    I think splint boots are okay, but I prefer polos. I agree though, when done wrong, polos, just like standing wraps, can be incredibly dangerous. Every kid I teach to use them has to get them checked for over a month to make sure they are done correctly. I find that, especially for jumping, they protect the horses legs better. Plus, some horses tend to clip their legs while moving. I don't know why, but some do and polos help below where the splints stop.
    I'm the same...I have splint boots, and some SMB's but I prefer the Polos...I think I have like 5 sets of them! Hahaha...I love that they are easy to clean, and when one is being washed, I always have another one that is ready to go...It's not hard to learn how to properly wrap either.
         

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