The Support Value of Wrapping: original research sought
I'd really like to get the recent scientific data on wrapping. Not really interested in people's opinions as I'm a horsewoman and already have my own, right?
I've heard lots of mention of studies demonstrating that wraps do not provide tendon support, but I've never been given an actual reference. I've even heard pretty specific stuff, like <1% improvement in support. I would love to read something on the actual lode borne by the tendons during such-and-such activity and the lode difference with wraps/boots/etc. Other stuff I've heard is reduction in concussion or increase in heat and therefore cell death. If anyone has the research available to them, I'd love to know how concussion is reduced and to what extent. I'd also like to know more about the "slow cooking the tendons" thing. What temp to the cells begin to die and what would be the "danger zone", eg working in 80 degree temps for an hour (a lesson) or only 15min (a x-country run)?
Background: I've heard this from respected vets and pros and have repeated it, but w/o being able to offer specific references I feel it comes across as just another opinion rather than information about evidence-based equine management. For all I know, we have all been referencing a study done with six Dutch Warmbloods 10yrs ago by students in Provence :) and while interesting, I find those to be only mildly convincing.
Also just curious: I've also heard basically the opposite regarding heat from respected professionals recommending Back on Track wraps and saddle pads. Even bell boots? Please explain.