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I've heard SO many opinions from people that run the entire spectrum, so I thought I'd get some more on here as well...

When do YOU use polo wraps? For flat work, jumping, never, all of the above?

I know some people who swear by polos all the time and others who say they don't do anything for the horse at all.

Personally, I always use them when jumping and only sometimes (fronts) when doing ground work with Sandie coming off of a recent splint sprain. Tell me when YOU use them, or whether you don't! :)
 

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I do not like Polo Wraps that much at all.

Pain in the *** to put on, to take off, to clean, to rewrap. I personally do not believe they offer much at all for the horses legs during any form of exercise, and I would wrather sped my money on something else.

However, I do use them for stable wraps. Standing, Poulice's such as now with Nelson's injury, and for shipping with his pillow wraps.

I do think they are handy when needed, and have their place, but I use them on a limited basis.
 

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i just use them because they are cute haha

they may help with brushing a little, but i dont think they provide anything significant in the way of protection or support
 

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I use polls everytime I ride. I do think they help the horse and I sorta like putting them on,LOL. But I do believe they support a little and protect. I also have a few stretch flex boots that I think are awesome when I'm in a rush and can't do wraps. I love themboth, but I usually use boots when I jump (which is rarelyim a dressage girl).
 

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depends what mood im in haha. I love my polos theyre comfy, warm, and colorful =]. if we're jumping high i use boots . I normally always work in polos. My Grey mare had tore her front right leg open just above the ball on her pastern ( if you look at ; http://www.localriding.com/image-files/horse-leg-markings.jpg , where the line for the sock is on the back of the leg is where she did it.) So i ALWAYS even when shes turned out ,put her SMB elites on. Were just nervous she'll do something again bc she runs around like a lunatick! hense her name hahah. As for my Bigger mare, shes got old bows and splints from her racing days so i always wrap her even when we just lightly work. Im just a neurotic mommy haha. I've always loved my polos. Better safe than sorry i say =].
 

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It's been proven by many studies that polos offer no more support than a boot, they might absorb a little shock, but neoprene is better. I would never jump in them though, they could catch and snagg
 

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if your jumping poles the polos wont catch on them..if they are wrapped correctly they also wont unravel.
 

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I don't use polo-wraps.. MUCH prefer boots... However, I would never use them for jumping. I prefer open-fronts for jumping, or regular boots such as SMB. To me, the only time i'd use polos would be during flat work/dressage work. Never on the trails and never over fences.
 

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I use mine for flatwork and as standing wraps but I never use them for jumping in I always use my boots for jumping I think my horse has the most boots and stuff for her legs I have ever seen lol
 

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if your jumping poles the polos wont catch on them..if they are wrapped correctly they also wont unravel.
If you're useig PVC poles which is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do
 

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I'm not a fan of polos for exercise at all. Have seen one unravel on a girls horse at a competitions and the poor ****** flipped over and nearly broke his leg.
They have their place, as MIEventer said, they are good for stables to support injuries. I'll wrap a leg (and the corresponding leg) for short periods of time for injury support, but for anything that is going to need medical attention for over a few days I stick to gauze and elastoplast as polos can cause horrible bruising and tissue damage if left on for extended periods or if wrapped incorrectly.
They are also difficult to put on, if you don't wrap them perfectly, with even pressure the whole way down the wrap you can cause serious injury. Ever seen a bandage bruise? Google it, they're not pretty and take a hell of a lot of effort to clear up.

I stick with boots, neoprene offers a good level of protection, my boots sling under the fetlock for protection and to stop them slipping.

The ONLY time I use bandages while working a horse, is when I am making a sale video or presenting a horse to perpective buyers if the horse is to be sold as a dressage horse. And always white/champagne bandages, simply for appearance, gives them the appearance of having bigger movement.
 

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If you're useig PVC poles which is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do
whatt...? pvc poles are the safest things to use to jump.. no hard impact like wooden poles and they fall when tapped .. how do you figure theyre most dangerous? if that were the case shows woulden't use them.
 

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PVC poles can be dangerous if they are not well maintained. A horse can put a hoof through them and get it stuck. If they are of good quality, VERY strong PVC and kept out of the elements, then they're not so bad. But personally I'd rather wood, they are heavier but a horse can't put a hoof through them
 

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to each their own but ive never had a pvc pole break on me. i use the smaller ones too. the big big ones are the ones that break easiest. I do have some wood rails but i only use them for smaller jumps. the bigger ones i use the pvcs bc if she strikes it or misscalculates she wont get hurt.
 

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whatt...? pvc poles are the safest things to use to jump.. no hard impact like wooden poles and they fall when tapped .. how do you figure theyre most dangerous? if that were the case shows woulden't use them.
I've never been to show that didn't use wood poles??
If your scared your horse might get hurt, then you really shouldn't be jumping that height.
 

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I'm not a fan of polos for exercise at all. Have seen one unravel on a girls horse at a competitions and the poor ****** flipped over and nearly broke his leg.
They have their place, as MIEventer said, they are good for stables to support injuries. I'll wrap a leg (and the corresponding leg) for short periods of time for injury support, but for anything that is going to need medical attention for over a few days I stick to gauze and elastoplast as polos can cause horrible bruising and tissue damage if left on for extended periods or if wrapped incorrectly.
They are also difficult to put on, if you don't wrap them perfectly, with even pressure the whole way down the wrap you can cause serious injury. Ever seen a bandage bruise? Google it, they're not pretty and take a hell of a lot of effort to clear up.

I stick with boots, neoprene offers a good level of protection, my boots sling under the fetlock for protection and to stop them slipping.

The ONLY time I use bandages while working a horse, is when I am making a sale video or presenting a horse to perpective buyers if the horse is to be sold as a dressage horse. And always white/champagne bandages, simply for appearance, gives them the appearance of having bigger movement.
to me if a horse freaks out because a polol unravels on them (which i have only ever had happen once when my horse ripped it) then they need to be desenzitized or trained a little more.... but thats just my opinion.

Polos should never unravel tho, if they do they are either not wrapped correctly or really bad polos which shouldnt be used. But i find thats only for dressage. I dont like to use them when i jump high because they could hook on the jump or some freak accident, and that could mean bad things, lol.
 

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I've never been to show that didn't use wood poles??
If your scared your horse might get hurt, then you really shouldn't be jumping that height.

who said im scared?? i feel safer using something that will fall if she clips it... common sence.


to me if a horse freaks out because a polol unravels on them (which i have only ever had happen once when my horse ripped it) then they need to be desenzitized or trained a little more.... but thats just my opinion.

i will admit one of mine did unravel once and ginger couldent care less lol. shes such a good girl. luna on the otherhand prob woulda bolted lol.

Polos should never unravel tho, if they do they are either not wrapped correctly or really bad polos which shouldnt be used. But i find thats only for dressage. I dont like to use them when i jump high because they could hook on the jump or some freak accident, and that could mean bad things, lol.
the one of the set i used is a wierd cotton, there lime green , i have the same ones in black and my black ones never move. the lime ones seem to slip down. so i dont use them any more.


I just think for higher jumps they should be able to fall faster and easier if they are clipped. if some ones jumping, lets say 4 ft wooden rails and the horse clips it and it dosent fall, the horse could flip over . just saying. i like my pvc poles.
 

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Wood poles fall very easily, in my expercine. Common sence would tell you anything thats not solid will fall ;-)

The risk of flipping really on comes on XC courses
 

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Most of the barns around here use polos for flatting and booties for jumping. I think polos offer support similar to ace bandages - which, as far as I know, help me out!

I think it's very important to know how to wrap properly because if done incorrectly, you could do some major damage to your horse's legs!
 

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to each their own but ive never had a pvc pole break on me. i use the smaller ones too. the big big ones are the ones that break easiest. I do have some wood rails but i only use them for smaller jumps. the bigger ones i use the pvcs bc if she strikes it or misscalculates she wont get hurt.
Yep and I'd say your's are in pretty good condition? I'm saying that they're ok as long as they're not badly weathered. The ones that are badly sun bleached are very thin and fragile, if I hoof goes through one the horse could end up with a very nasty cut. But if they're in good nick then they're all good ;)
 
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