How to Make your own Polo Wraps
Making polo wraps for your horse is not that difficult and can save money on stable management. The easiest way to make your own Polo wraps is described in this how to. First, start with used polo wraps, if possible. Measure the length and width of the wrap. With polar fleece or a similar material, cut the same sized strip (fleece will not fray) out of your material. Fold and sew one end, like a finished factory polo wrap, and stitch on a velcro strap by hand or using a sewing machine.
Polo wraps are leg wraps, usually fleece, used for a horse's legs. They are more stretchy compared to other horse leg bandaging materials, and are used mainly for protection during flatwork. They were originally used to protect horse's legs from the impact of a polo mallet.
There are several different ways to apply a polo wrap. The methods differ primarily in the location the wrapping is begun. Some people begin at the top of the leg and wrap down and then back up; others begin at the middle of the leg and wrap first one half and then the other. Wrapping styles also differ in whether the wrap 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 wrap is applied, the tension in the wrap 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 wrap the right and left legs.
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