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:wave: I always use polo wraps while working my horse, Laddy, so he will not scar his legs since he has a lot of action and has shoes on his front two feet. I'm aware that there are other types of boots and wraps out there. Is there any kind of wrap or boot that you prefer to ride in or always ride in?
 

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I usually like to use polo wraps or fleece lined dressage sport boots for flatwork, open front tendon boots and fetlock boots for jumping and Woof Wear brushing boots for cross country or hacking out. One of my horses also wears bell boots on his front feet.
 

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for me and my pony its simple galloping/brushing boots on front feet. I use WOOF boots, they are great!

i rarely polo wrap because im paranoid ill do it wrong and it will screw up my horses tendons.

those look like a nice wrapping job you have there:)
 

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if im just practicing at home i usually use brushing boots on front polos on back for a gallop or jumping, if im just flatting i use nothing and for xc jumping or jumping at a show i use woof boots.
 

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I ALWAYS use some sort of wrap/boot when working any horse of mine. If I'm flatting, I use simple polos, and if I am jumping I use splints (Toklat for the pony, Weaver for the TB) When I lunge, sometimes I even use bell boots just in case (my horses are all barefoot) they kick themselves or something.
 

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I'm terrified of messing up polo wraps and hurting my horses so I just stick to my splint boots. Works great for Dallas, and they're easier for me to put on. I've had my splint boots for 6 years and they're still in great condition. And of course I got them in black, because any light color would be brown within one use. lol.
 

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Upon reading recent studies suggesting that heat build up in legs caused by booting and bandaging is causing long term, detrimental effects to the structures of the legs, I am very careful about what I put on my horse's legs in an effort to keep them cool during exercise.

I use Eskadron Climatex liners with thin, fleece polos on the legs of my horse, with no turn boots in front and bell boots behind for schooling. I have also recently purchased EcoGold splint boots which claim to have high airflow and engineered fabrics which do not keep heat by the legs to use at shows. I try to avoid neoprene and any heat-trapping fabrics at all costs now :)
 

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Upon reading recent studies suggesting that heat build up in legs caused by booting and bandaging is causing long term, detrimental effects to the structures of the legs, I am very careful about what I put on my horse's legs in an effort to keep them cool during exercise.

I use Eskadron Climatex liners with thin, fleece polos on the legs of my horse, with no turn boots in front and bell boots behind for schooling. I have also recently purchased EcoGold splint boots which claim to have high airflow and engineered fabrics which do not keep heat by the legs to use at shows. I try to avoid neoprene and any heat-trapping fabrics at all costs now :)
I had not heard that thanks I will remember that in the future. :)
 

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I learned how to do my wraps from my trainer who has done them for years but how does a wrongly wrapped polo wrap mess up a horse's leg?
 

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Ok thanks...what is the first sign that happened to a horse?
 

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Often the tendon will appear lumpy, there may be some minor swelling and the horse could be a little lame or severely lame. If they bow the tendon, it will appear that the tendow is arched backwards from the knee.

Bandage bruising will come up either as tender spots, patches of missing hair, and can get to the point of open, weeping wounds. You want to avoid bandage bruising at all costs, it is a horror to get rid of.
 

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I bet that is one tough thing to get rid of. They both sound like something I never want to have happen to a horse.
 

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I use open fronted tendon boots, which are desgined to support the tendons but also offer some protection from brushing. I add bell boots for jumping and fast work.
I'm trying to wean his owner off she sheepkin liners as his legs get so hot by the time you take the boots off! I also always make sure the boots are the last things on and the first things off.
 

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When I am jumping i always make sure my pony has open front jumper boots on. But when i do gymkhana i use polo wraps.
 

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At home, my horse wears brushing boots every time we ride, and when we compete cross country he wears fetlock boots on his fronts too. When competing on the flat he doesn't tend to wear anything, or for working hunter or show jumping, although I would consider getting a nice pair of tendon boots for show jumping in the future.
 

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Generally it depends for me on what the horse likes. If you listen they'll tell you.

Selena likes the Classic Equine Legacy Sport boots. She likes the SMB VenTechs too but she won't stop hard or dig down as much with them, she also gets front Professionals Choice bell boots.

However, I also have an older gelding that is most comfortable in polo wraps. The most important thing with those is knowing how to wrap them.
 
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