In what ways are sport boots “better” than polo wraps?
I can make the case for both instances, polo wraps over sport boots and sport boots over polo wraps. You need to decide what’s best for your horse on any particular day, and make your choice accordingly. One is not necessarily better than the other, it’s more a case of one being more appropriate for your riding that day.
This is why I protect legs - even the simple gaits like this canter can have your horse knocking himself.
Here’s why I love sport boots:
- Easy to put on! It’s hard (but not impossible) to mess up the application. Most horse sport boots are secured with elasticized hook and loop closures. The elastic provides for a snug fit, and the closure is easy to do.
- Easy to clean. Most horse sport boots are machine washable and often do well in the dryer, too, although air drying may help them last a wee bit longer. Sometimes you only need to hose them off and toss them over a fence.
- Easy to store. No rolling necessary.
- Fun colors! The boots these days range from traditional to fun, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next! (OK, polos come in fun colors, too!)
- Great for horses that like to knock themselves with a lot of force. Polo wraps don’t offer that sort of impact resistance. You may find that you need sport boots on days that you will be working on lateral movements.
- If you are going to be riding into an area with a lot of sticker burrs, you may pick a pair of sport boots that have a slick outer sheath and little fuzz poking out. Polos seem to be sticker burr magnets, so horse sport boots in this instance may be “better”.
Most horse sport boots have neoprene in some form or fashion. The fuzz lined boots often have a middle layer of neoprene. Some horse sport boots are all neoprene. Be aware that your horse’s tendons and soft tissues will become super hot with these types of boots, especially the ones that are only neoprene. For this reason, factor into the weather before you pick a boot or polo wrap, and take care to cool and ice your horse’s legs after exercise.
What’s your best reason to use horse sport boots? Or maybe you stick to polo wraps being better than sport boots?