Originally Posted by beau159
Has anyone hear of a medical study where the compared the support of a sport boot to a polo wrap? (for some hard evidence, anyway)
I do not have any hard evidence like a controlled study, but this was the selling factor for me switching from boots to polos.
A trainer I worked for used to use boots for dry work, cutting and going down the fence. Horses were coming up with injuries, not injuries from dinging up their legs but strains from not enough support.
A vet came out and showed us how to wrap, and never had a problem since. I am talking about tedon and ligament support not protection from banging legs. Because I will agree that boots are better at protecting against dinging up legs. Just want that to be clear.
I tried to find a video on YouTube on the way I wrap, but could only find the conventional method. Anyhow I take the tail of the polo and leave tail a little longer than the length of the cannon bone. I position it at a 45 degree angle across the knee, make my first wrap(my locking wrap) then fold the tail down over my first wrap. The tail runs down the length of the backside of the cannon bone protecting the digital flexor that runs down the backside. Then continue wraping down like you would normally wrap. When it comes to the bottom I take two wraps to form the "sling" under the fetlock joint for support then wrap back up and secure velcro and with tape. The porpose of the tail on the back side gives a little more cushion to the sensitive tendon the back and reduces the horizontal pressurefrom the wrap on a vertical tendon.
I hope that made sense..
It has worked very well and I have never had issues nor the trainer I worked for. However I would be willing to try Iconoclast boots, they look like they might provide more support than boots in the past. Posted via Mobile Device