Zilco Polo Bandages Set of 4
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Zilco Polo Bandages set of 4
11cm by 3.6metres. Thick polar fleece packed in a carry bag
Polo bandages can be used for many tasks and disciplines: they protect against minor scrapes and bruises and help prevent irritation from sand or arena footing. Usually, polo bandages are used without any padding underneath. Some common activities polo wraps are used in include:
- Riding. Polos may also be used while riding, most commonly on dressage horses or while schooling sshow hunters or show jumpers. The jumpers and equitation divisions permit the use of polos in competition, however, most riders opt for boots, as they provide better protection.
- Longeing. Polo bandages are also commonly used during lunging.
- Turnout. Some people turn their horses out in polos, although they must take care that the horse is not turned out in a wet pasture and that the polos are well secured.
- Travelling. Horses are sometimes travelled in polos for protection. However, travel bandages or travel boots provide much better protection, and are therefore preferable
There are several different ways to apply a polo bandages. The methods differ primarily in the location the bandaging is begun. Some people begin at the top of the leg and bandage down and then back up; others begin at the middle of the leg and bandage first one half and then the other. Bandaging styles also differ in whether the bandage extends, sling-like, beneath the fetlock joint. While the amount of support the sling affords the tendons and ligaments is debatable, it does provide a limited amount of protection to the joint from scrapes, bruises, and accidental overstep with the hind legs ("overreaching").
No matter how the bandage is applied, the tension in the bandage should be as uniform as possible across the entire leg. Uneven pressure may cause damage to tendons. Additionally, the pressure on one leg should be comparable to the pressure on leg on the other side; otherwise gait abnormalities may result. Conventional wisdom holds that because no two people wrap with exactly the same tension, the same person should bandage the right and left legs.
Polo bandages can be used for a horse who cannot wear boots (for example, a horse may be sensitive to neoprene, or have minor cuts on his leg that would be rubbed if a boot were worn). Polo bandages are often chosen for a horse whose legs are blemished with significant scar tissue that would prevent a boot from fitting properly. Unlike boots, polos conform perfectly to any leg, and may also be used on horses and ponies of any size, depending on the length. Many riders prefer polos due to the 'cleaner' look they provide. Lastly, polos usually cover a greater area of the leg than boots, and if the groom is experienced, may be customized to provide slightly more protection in one area of the leg
Perhaps the most notable disadvantage of polo bandages is their close proximity to the horse's tendons and ligaments; incorrect application (uneven distribution of tension, too tight, etc.) can damage the tendons. Polo bandages only stay on the leg as well as they are put on; if wrapped too loosely or the velcro is weak, you may be creating a potentially dangerous situation.
Polos are not suitable for use in potentially wet conditions (such as cross-country riding or riding through puddles), as they absorb water and become very heavy and sag. Also, polos are more time-consuming to apply than boots and need to be washed frequently to remove irritants like dried sweat or sand. Polos can also be pulled down and tighten around the tendons if a horse were to step on himself while wearing them.