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Standing/Polo wraps for temporary fly protection on legs?

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  • Standing/Polo wraps for temporary fly protection on legs?

    The flies are getting pretty nasty, and my poor Haflinger gelding with his pale pale legs is getting chewed on. I found blood on his front legs today. I want to get him the Whinny Warmers summer socks because I hate using the mesh fly boots. They never seem to stay on his legs.

    Can I wrap standing wraps or polos around his legs for the time being to keep the flies off? I do self care so they'd come off at night, go on in the morning. Fly spray isn't gonna work and while I still have some mesh fly boots from last year, they're pretty beat up.

    "My time here is ended. Take what I have taught you and use it well." -- Revan

  • #2
    Neither one of those is a very good solution for unsupervised turnout. Very easy to come undone, get tangled on something, and cause a real mess. Plus both of those are pretty hot for long term use....
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    • #3
      No, no, no. You're risking a bandage bow. Just don't do it.


      • #4
        throw the old 'beat up' ones on a sewing machine. Or duct tape 'em.

        No to your other suggestions.


        • #5
          A couple XL tube socks with the toes cut out and a little medical tape or vetwrap at the top might last you until you can get some fly boots? Would be safer than trying to turnout in polo wraps. BTW it is also pretty effective short term to slather legs with a good clay poultice if you have any of that laying around. Makes a nice physical barrier for a day or so.


          • Original Poster

            Ok. Just wanted to check before I went and did something I'd regret.

            Might try the tube socks. Or duct taping up the fly boots. I'll try those tomorrow and see if I can get them to stay up.

            Poor guy needs his legs covered, he's getting chewed
            "My time here is ended. Take what I have taught you and use it well." -- Revan


            • #7
              Even smear Swat all over his legs. Just no polos for turnout.


              • #8
                Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
                Even smear Swat all over his legs. Just no polos for turnout.
                I saw someone do this once and the horse's legs blew up. Not recommended.
                As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.


                • #9
                  They polo wrap all of the horses at my trainer's barn for turnout. As far as I know, there has never been a problem. Horses are only out for a couple of hours.


                  • #10
                    Polo wraps are fine for supervised turn out, but so many things can go wrong if you leave them on during the day unsupervised. When you're not riding, and say the flies are bothering your horse, the horse will pull on the wraps and either undo them, or tangle them, or mess them up to where they can be uncomfortable. It's just not worth the risk of getting caught on something or getting your horse or another horse caught up in them. In the long run, you might just want to spend the extra money on some good fly spray. You could also talk to your barn about getting fly predators, they work wonders.. and if that's not an option, sorry! Keep some swat on hand but don't smother his legs. It's important for his legs to breathe during the day. The heat of the wraps wouldn't be too good, that's why fly boots are mesh (even if it's annoying) good luck!
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