When to use polo wraps instead of sport boots


Polo wraps are almost a lost art for some of us, as the advent of sport boots with hook and loop closures has made life very easy. Sport boots do virtually the same job as polo wraps but are easier to apply, remove, wash, and store than polo wraps.


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Use a polo wrap instead of a sport boot when:


  • You need coverage below the fetlock. Perhaps you are battling a case of scratches, or your horse has some “boo-boo,” and the arena is dusty. Using your polos to create a barrier between dust and skin where boots don’t cover is a good idea. Be sure to wrap loosely over the fetlock joint for maximum mobility.


  • Your horse is about to go for “honor rounds” at a show. Tradition dictates that crisp white polos are to be worn here.


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  • You are tending to a horse who is recovering from a tendon injury. Polo wraps can give you a very consistent application from top to bottom when applied correctly. Your veterinarian may instruct you to hand walk or tack walk with compression wraps, in which case you may need polo wraps over a protective bandage. Sport boots have straps, making them easy to put on, but may create gaps of coverage between the straps.


  • You are attending a clinic. Like braids, having your horse wear polos for a clinician is a nice finishing touch that will make you and your horse stand out.


  • You need some wrapping practice. The technique of wrapping is usually the same as bandaging. You can never get “too good” at it.


  • Polo wraps are becoming a lost art; keep the tradition alive!


Tips for using polos


  • Wash them inside a lingerie bag. This prevents the dreaded polo-wrap spaghetti.


  • Practice putting them on so that you can make it up and down the leg once, without going around the top over and over again. You should start at the top, go down the leg, go up the leg, and be done.


  • Be able to fit a finger or more into the top and bottom. That’s not too loose, I promise. For reference, wrap a polo wrap around your own calf and move around for an hour.


  • Avoid lumps, bubbles, and folds as you apply the wraps.


  • Practice!


OF COURSE, I have the article that details why sport boots are much better than polo wraps. What makes you reach for polos instead of sport boots?



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