Posted : 11/16/2007 10:43:07 AM
Polo wraps basically serve three purposes -- 1) They look nice. 2) They do protect from brushing and light bangs. 3) They can keep the tendons warmer in cold weather. That's about it. There is zero support.
Lots of studies have been done to determine how much the various boots actually "support" the horse's legs. Bottom line is that the Sports Medicine Boots came out on top, but even their level of actual "support" was marginal at best. The structure of the horse's leg just does not lend well to support structures -- nor does it really require it.
I, personally, use Woof double lock velcro brushing boots on my horse. This is in case he were to interfere during lateral work and that's about it. He's shod all around, so I boot all around. It would hurt if he whacked himself with a shoe. I use polo wraps for clinics because it presents a pretty picture.
Basically, when chosing which method of protection to use on your horse's legs, you have to determine WHY you are using something in the first place.