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jumping boots vs. polo wraps

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    08-12-2009, 03:50 PM
Wraps will only support your horses legs. I use polo's for horses jumping 2'3 and under and flat work...i use boots for 2'6 and higher, the boots protect your horse more then wraps if they hit the back of their front legs on the landing, or if they accidently hit the rail during the take off. You can use either splint boots or open front boots. Open front boots are best for jumping high, were split boots are okay for 2'6 and under
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    08-12-2009, 05:37 PM
Boots boots boots for jumping polo wraps for flatwork!!
    08-13-2009, 11:26 AM
Boots they offer better protection and suport, I only use polo`s for flat work.
    08-18-2009, 02:28 PM
But what is it about polos so bad??
    08-18-2009, 03:01 PM
^^ you can easily mess up tendons if on too tight, and they can easily fall off if not on tight enough, and they are not meant for jumping.

Boots offer much more support and open front boots are made for jumping !! And they are much harder to mess up.

Only use polos for flatwork
    08-20-2009, 04:01 PM
It is not "easy" to ruin a horse's tendons by using polo wraps. You would have to wrap it super super SUPER tight every ride for weeks for it to really do any damage. I use my polo wraps all the time, and I've never had a problem with them. If you can put a vet wrap on, you can put a polo wrap on.

That being said, if you're doing serious jumping, I would use a boot, because they do offer more support, but for what you seem to be doing now, you will be fine using polo wraps until you can save up for boots.
    08-27-2009, 06:17 PM
I used to use the SMB boots for years. About a year ago my trainer had me switch to polo wraps bc she didnt like SMB boots. Looking back, I don't think that the smb boots really support the horses legs. I have the older style SMB boots, but I think that I like the new SMB boots better. They seem more fitted and molded to the horses legs. I now use the Equifit T-wraps. They are really cool and lots of support. You do have to know how to put them on correctly, but I agree that it would be hard to screw up a horses legs using polos, but I have seen it done. Sooo, overall I like polos, plus you can clean them better and more frequently than boots. (I suggest t-wraps, but they are like $90 dollars)
    08-27-2009, 11:46 PM
I like polo wraps plus over reach boots. I never feel like the SMB boots properly fit my horses' legs, and I don't think splint boots offer any protection. That being said, I have been taught by vets, vet techs, and trainers how to wrap legs for exercise, shipping, and lameness issues so I am very comfortable with polos. I have never had a problem with them coming off, and it is very hard to get them too tight. Now you can very easily put a standing wrap on too tight if you don't have the pad on under neath (and I would never put a standing wrap on without the pad) and cause a lot of problems. Not so much with the polos
    09-03-2009, 01:26 AM
English: Polos for flat and boots for jumping (depending on the horse I ride I use bell boots)

Western: SMB and no turn bell boots all the way

I have one of each discipline horse and I think that leg protection is the CHEAPEST form of insurance you can have on your horse. I don't let either of my horses out to run around without something on their legs... :)
    09-03-2009, 01:28 AM
Sands I agree, I know how to wrap a polo so I am ok with ME doing polos (not to sound arrogant I hope)

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