Wraps and Boots and Bandages! Oh My! :)
I've never really used wraps, mostly because my instructors never did/do, but I was checking out one of my new tack/supply catalogs and realized just how many different kinds of wraps, boots, and bandages there are, and there's not always that much explanation as to what each one does... The polka dot polo wraps certainly look cute, but what else do they do?
I'd like to start a list of what all there is and what they're for. It's kind of overwhelming when it's time to buy your own stuff for the first time, or the first time in a long time as the case may be.
Oh, and if this already exists, can someone point me to it? :)
I'll take an easy one to start us out -
Shipping Boots - Heavily padded, Cover from mid-leg down over the hoof for all 4 legs, Used for protecting joints while traveling
Polo wraps do look cute and come in about a million colors and designs but their main purpose is to protect the horses legs from interference. Meaning that they protect the legs from getting scraped or bumped when the horse is working. They also provide a bit of support to the leg when wrapped properly.
It is important to wrap your polos correctly because if you don't you might injure your horse. If polos are wrapped too tightly they could cause a bowed tendon. Too loose and they could come loose while you're riding.
Open front boots: https://www.google.ca/search?q=open+...y6e-W3tG_IyyM:
These are used to support your horses legs while working and provide much more suport than polos. Usually jumpers wear open front boots the most, dressage is more polo and western is more sport medicine boots. The reason why there is an open front is when horses are in training for jumping they can feel when they are close to touching or knocking a pole.
Sport Medicine Boots: https://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&c...n8tUhpwwFOsDM:
I used these on an ottb that bowed his tendons in his front legs. They helped a lot and provided a great amount of support. Western riders you will see have these on there horses I'd say it gives a little more support to horses legs then the open front boots. Gives good support to the tendons and fetlocks.
Hope I helped!
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