Protect The Legs Of Your Horse

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You’ve heard it before and I like to preach to the choir so here it is again, your horse’s legs are SO important and are SO important to take care of!! By riding, we are asking them to do things that is very unnatural for them so for that reason we need to take precautions and protect them the best we can. Unfortunately, you haven’t seen a three-legged horse running majestically through an open field like dogs can. This is why we must protect their legs while riding. Not only to prevent sprains and strains, but also bumps, bruises, scrapes and scratches. Today’s topic in case you missed it is none other than leg gear… polo wraps to be specific.

There is an art to polo wraps. Wrap them too tight, your horse is annoyed. Don’t wrap them tight enough, they fall down around his pasterns. Wrap them too high, he can’t bend his knees. Don’t wrap them with consistent tension and you run the risk of a bowed tendon, and on, and on, and on. Nonetheless, when done correctly polo wraps are some of the best leg protection that you can use on your horse. Not only do polo wraps offer protection from your horse’s other feet flying everywhere, but they also do offer a great amount of support to their pasterns and fetlocks. Another bonus to polo wraps is the fact that they don’t wear down as easy as splint boots may, so that makes them quite a bit more cost effective. A set of four polo wraps usually runs around $20.

As with anything, you take your pros and cons to make a decision… so here are the details:

Pros
Great Support
Cost Efficient
Easy to Wash
No Designated “fronts” or “hinds”
Conforms to Legs
Easy (and cheap) to Replace
Good/Long Lasting Protection

Cons
Takes Time
Tricky to get the hang of
Needs a good amount of Precision



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