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post #71 of 78 Old 08-28-2014, 06:55 PM
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^I think polos can offer minimal support, in the same way that an ace bandage can offer support on an ankle. Are they the best option? Definitely not. Are they better than what's already been listed? No. Are they better than nothing? Yes.

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post #72 of 78 Old 08-28-2014, 07:01 PM
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I use polos, but only for flat work in a groomed ring. If they become unwound, they can be very dangerous. Using them any time they can get wet, and stretch, is asking for a crash on a colossal level.
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What is meant by "exercise bandages"?

I agree with Zexious. They do offer support *if* wrapped properly in a way that will support. Most people I know even if wrapped "properly" wrap more like standing wraps or at least in a way that does absolutely nothing.

I agree that the OP should not be wrapping (forgive me for redirecting your comment hope it's accurate!). Which is why I suggested what I did. The OP is NOT a top rider, her horse is still considered green and she doesn't even know which direction she wants to go with training. I personally don't think she needs anything and have recommended that but if she wants support I think my suggestions would be far more beneficial to her than what she is currently doing or what the top trainers are doing.

I recommended SMBs or such as the best option for THIS situation. Not to turn the thread into the all too common debate on leg care. ;)
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post #74 of 78 Old 08-28-2014, 09:10 PM
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I wrap my polos so they come down around the fetlock. Which is the way people believe there is support. There have been mass studies done proving though that polos offer no support, no matter how they are wrapped.

Exercise bandages are popular on the race track, polo and even for jump training. They are an elastic type bandage with a Gamgee, which is a type of quilt almost, under it. I love doing exercise bandages. They are not as popular in North America as they are other area.

Yes SMB's when fitted properly are a better solution then polo wrapping. I am huge on leg protection when I ride. I never ride without at the very least front boots or polos.

I am not trying to turn this into a leg care debate. I am just pointing out the facts behind boots and bandages lol. This is a topic I consider myself very educated in from my years of grooming for an FEI event rider, and on the race track along with my pony club years and my million years in the show ring. I'll dig up some links to the studies.
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post #75 of 78 Old 08-28-2014, 09:19 PM
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A common procedure for many equestrian disciplines is the use of polo bandages or wraps placed on all four limbs during exercise. Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University, has pioneered research on locomotion and sports medicine, and she is especially devoted to the discipline of dressage. She notes, "Polo wraps do not support the leg. They give some protection against trauma, but less than some of the boots."
I will stand somewhat corrected on SMBs. I've always argued that there is no support from them, however more recent studies have shown that the newer SMB's do offer some support and do protect from the impact of the horses hoof hitting the ground.

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"One thing that is not in dispute is that bandages look good on the horse; perhaps this is also a motivating force in their use." lol
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post #77 of 78 Old 08-28-2014, 10:08 PM
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The UK exercise bandages are 'stretchy' and I would still use them over any boots on a horse that needed extra support - but not great if the grounds wet/muddy
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post #78 of 78 Old 08-28-2014, 10:28 PM
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My exercise bandages got worn out and I haven't been able to get new ones yet. I plan on getting new ones soon as my standie needs the extra support they offer. I love love love exercise bandages. But as I said in an earlier post, they are not meant to be done by someone who doesn't know how to wrap as if they are done wrong they can cause a lot of damage.

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