Polo wraps warm the poorly insulated muscles, tendons, and ligaments of you performance horse’s lower leg. Once these structures are warmed up, they become limber, and better able to relax and stretch without injury during workouts. Polo wraps also add a cushy layer of protection against external nicks and dings.
- Spiral down. Start at the middle of your horse’s cannon bone (shin), and spiral downward, overlapping each round by 50 percent, until you’ve covered his fetlock joint (ankle) and hooked the ergot (bony growth) at the back. Pay attention to every full wrap, smoothing the material as you go. If a wrinkle appears, eliminate it before you continue
- Spiral up. Now wrap upward to the top of your horse’s cannon bone, just below where his leg begins to widen at his carpus (knee) in his forelegs; hock in his hind legs.
- Secure the wrap. Tape the wrap with an eight-inch spiral of duct or adhesive tape. (The self-hook-and-loop fastener won’t securely hold the wrap.) Repeat on your horse’s other three legs.
It is a very important element on the horse’s equipment. Pay attention to it!