We all know that leg protection is essential for our horse's wellbeing, but what is the difference between boots and polos? I have seen some riders heavily use polos, and some only use boots. For today's article, I have gathered information from Back on Track about the differences between many boots and polos and when is best to use each.
Quilted padding with neoprene material below the knee or hock
Most common in horses staying in a stall
-To keep swelling down
-To support your horse's tendons
Most often used when a horse is staying in a stall at a show or when the horse has a stress injury such as a bowed tendon.
-Long fleece wraps used on the legs, they are flexible enough to conform to the horse's leg.
-Most commonly seen in exercise
-Support your horse's tendons and ligaments
-Provide protection to their legs
Used when the horse is in work usually in an arena. Some people only flat with polo wraps on, while others choose to jump and flat with them.
Sport boots come in many shapes and forms. Splint boots protect the splint bone, open front boots protect the tendons yet still allow feeling if a horse hits a rail. Cross country boots protect the entire leg and other sport boots work similarly to polo wraps. Those are good for making tight turns at high speeds.
Any type or discipline of riding
To provide protection to various parts of the lower leg
Hock and Knee boots
A wrap or boot (usually made of some sort of fabric) that goes around the hock or knee of the horse.
Most commonly seen when a horse has an injury or inflammation in the hock or knees.
-Can help reduce swelling
-Can also immobilize the joint
I hope you guys were able to find some in use in today's post! I love diving deeper into concepts like these! All of the information came from the Back on Track website here. I am personally a fan of all of their products and highly recommend them. My horse has a capped hock and tends to get stocked up in his stall and the BOT products help so much.