why do horses need polo wraps

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  • horsesrule10 Original Poster horsesrule10
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    why do horses need polo wraps or how do you know if your horse need polo wraps,

    pheets pheets
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    More often than not, the horse DOESN’T need them, but they are fun, offer SOME protection and are found everywhere. Polo wraps offer limited protection for an awkward youngster or for the less coordinated one being introduced to lateral work in dressage. If you are seeing nicks and bumps on your horse’s lower legs after a work or ride, this might be a reason to use them. They are inexpensive and popular, available in fabulous colours!

    Be aware that good skill in wrapping is necessary to get the most out of a polo wrap and to not injure the horse by wrapping too tightly or too loosely. Good for ring work, NOT for trails. The possibility that they might become unwrapped is moderate, they are like sponges in water so become heavy when wet, too hot in general and everything sticks to them.

    Might be better off with a light splint boot if you are having concerns..

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Pheets – we use polo wraps (I make them for us, lots cheaper than buying them) on our trail horses because of the ticks and chiggers. They are washed after every use, partly to kill the monsters and partly so that there are no issues with dirt, damp, etc. Of all the things we have tried, these work the best. Apart from that, I don’t really see that they are all that useful, and prefer boots if planning to do lateral work, as my boy is not always as coordinated as he might be.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
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    Hey Joe-Joe! Lots of folks use polos on a trail, doesn’t make it right or wrong, just personal preference : ) Not MY thing for reasons mentioned but not a judgement, either. The edit time ran out before i could write “imo” at the end..

    I am even more particular about boots ; )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Generally, I prefer not to keep putting artificial things on horses if I can avoid it. However, wraps are better than going over 20 legs trying to pick off chiggers and/or ticks! Need a magnifying glass for the chiggers, but they do make a horse miserable.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Joan Fry
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    pheets, thank you so much for saying that! Why Clinton Anderson, someone I usually admire, wants white polo wraps on his trail horse is beyond me. I was looking through his book, TRAINING ON THE TRAIL, and I think the only reason he uses them is to make the horse’s legs more visible in the photographs. Horsesrule, my answer to your question is, use them if you have problems with chiggers and ticks. Otherwise, they’re unnecessary. Where I live, especially this time of year, they’d be a magnet for all kinds of spiny seed pods. Some are so sharp they make my fingers bleed when I pick them out of the dog’s coat.

    Mapale Mapale
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    In my case, my vet suggested I use polos to help support an injured tendon in rehab after the tendon had healed – and for only two weeks. The extra heat generated when horses wear polos is not beneficial to tendons, but if you are in the early phases of rehabilitation from injury your workout is limited anyway. That’s why he suspended them as the workouts grew in length and strenuousness.

    I have used them on very brief trail rides on cold days to accelerate warm up. But they limit you – you can’t cross water (they get soggy) and if you go through sand the sand can irritate the skin if caught under the edges of the bandages. I don’t have the insect issues in my area, but that also sounds like a reason to use them, although the Equifit gel sox might be an alternative for that purpose. I use those gel sox under boots to dissipate heat.

    So it sounds from this thread that:
    You need polos if you are
    -in the early stages of rehab
    -working a horse that sometimes interferes with himself
    -warming up on a cold day
    -protecting the leg from insects
    -need a little extra support
    -like the way he looks in them and are unconcerned about the downside

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Mapale – essentially, it seems that one doesn’t really “need” polos much at all, doesn’t it? There are other solutions to most of what you mentioned that are probably safer. A friend of mine used them in a costume class (she was the Headless Horseman on a black TW – looked really great), and the class had to be stopped when one of them unwrapped itself, becoming seriously dangerous. She said she won’t do that again!

    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
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    I was always afraid of that too, JJ! If you get them too tight it can cause injury, and you have to wrap in the right direction. And I don’t like to feel heat in that part of the leg after exercise. But I do have a set of azure blue ones that look so pretty on her… 😉

    Used to visit the relatives in chigger territory – egads they are awful things.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Mapale – leg wraps are an art (putting them on, not looking at them). Back in the old days, we were thrilled when the ties were added, and we no longer had to use pins. We did use quilted cotton wraps underneath, and had to be taught very, very carefully to find the correct balance between too loose and too tight. Now, with Velcro, it is much easier to do them correctly, but I still prefer to avoid them unless they are really needed. We didn’t even have shipping boots then, so had to use those horrible knit cotton things that never, ever seemed to dry after washing.

    I sometimes wonder what Moses could have been thinking when he allowed flies, chiggers, mosquitos and ticks on the Ark. Chiggers seem to be the worst at times, because they have to be dug out of the skin.

    Here is a cute story about wrapping, from the late sixties. A friend of mine had to wrap her mare’s left foreleg (injury) for quite a time. When she finally took it off, Foxy still limped. So, she wrapped the other one, and then Foxy went sound on the left, and limped on the right. Then she wrapped both – when she took them off the mare couldn’t remember which leg she should limp on, and just went sound forever after.

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    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
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    Hilarious story, JJ! I can just see it.

    With all the injuries in the last few years, I can wrap legs in my sleep. Nothing worse than getting at the end of a standing wrap only to find you have it inside out. Plenty of times Carmagirl has heard some less than ladylike language when that’s happened. Nobody to blame but myself since I’m the one that rolls them.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Mapale – when we first started using wraps on the trail horses, I was the only one who knew how to roll them! No one else had a clue, and they had them all strung out and dragging through the shavings in the stalls and the dirt in the shed row. I expect our barn owner knows, but she wasn’t there while the girls were tacking up. Once I showed them, they were all astonished at how easy it is to put them on.

    You could sew Velcro on at the wrong ends, and then they would also be right, no matter how they were rolled. Maybe. Being lazy, I am always thinking of ways to save my energy. Next time, I will tell you about my neighbor and the round bale.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Joan Fry
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    horsesrule, leg wraps can raise the temperature on a horse’s skin as much as nine degrees. So if you (or others) are wrapping your horse’s legs because of how they look, you might want to re-think the whole subject when summer comes around again.

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    Some boot materials are just as hot.. neoprene, for one, is quick to get hot. As I said, I am just as particular about boots and not a polo fan at all (more because of the too common inability to wrap correctly, which directly enhances the danger factour, than the product itself) tho I accept that they have their place as do most tools : )

    Regardless of what one chooses to use, apply it correctly, for the right reasons. The rest is generally moot.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    deequeue
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    Hi all–just reading this post takes me back to a time when I had a horse with an old bowed tendon, and we used to wrap his legs to work and also at shows in standing wraps. I had a trunk full of wraps–polos of every color, vetwrap in every color, padding for standing wraps, you name it. It went everywhere Fame went…and I used to know how rewind them, but as I think about it now, I don’t know if I could remember how to do it so it unwraps correctly anymore!

    I like the look of polos…when my trainer does clinics she wraps all the horses’ legs in white polos. It’s probably more for ease of visibility than anything else, but it looks great!

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