The Saga of the Polo Wraps

I figured it was about time for something light-hearted, so here we go.

In the spring of 2006, as Tristan was starting to go under saddle for the first time, I attended a local tack sale/swap. It was half used tack sale and half some kind of weird clearance sale from a random company billed as a fundraiser for the local 4-H group. I bought a few things; a really, really crappy bridle that I still use for testing bits, and two sets of polo wraps: a black set and a white set. I tucked them carefully away into my tack trunk.

The black polo wraps are still there, in their original packaging. On April 17, 2017, I took the white polo wraps out and put them on Tristan to use in a lesson because fuck it, why not?


I can tell you the exact date because a friend took a photo. Please note, this was the first time I had even taken them out of their packaging, much less used them.

I brought the polo wraps home and tossed them into the laundry pile.

Then I proceeded to move that pile of wraps from surface to surface in my basement for the next two years. At some point, I washed them. It was several months, at the very least, after I had used them.

They still sat in a pile. Then, I figured since they had sat around in my basement for so long, I should wash them again. Then, I hung them to dry on the clothesline in the basement. There they stayed for a few weeks.

On April 2, 2020, I rolled them back up.


Thus ends the parable that illustrates to you my style of horsekeeping. The black polos are still in their packaging, in my tack trunk.

Will I use them again when we all emerge back into the sunlight and start riding horses again? Stay tuned.

(probably not.)


5 thoughts on “The Saga of the Polo Wraps

  1. I feel this SO hard. This weekend as I was cleaning out some old junk from my tack shed to prep for eventually doing some work in there, I threw away some kelly green polos still in the package. I bought them brand new (no idea when, although sometime between 2006 and 2010 is likely), and at some point in storage they got chewed on by mice, damaging the velcro. I’m the queen of hoarding, so I though “oh I can probably fix these” and just moved them around in a bin for 10 more years. I did finally give up and throw them away though… lol. And when we moved into the house, I came across about 8 washed but not rolled wraps from when a previous horse tore up her legs and was getting daily wraps… that was probably… 2013 or so? Yeahhhhhhh.


    1. I have some purple ones with a very similar story. I finally sold them about 3 years ago, or so I thought. My husband came home with a box of horse stuff yesterday from the house we were living in at the time. Guess what? I still own those purple polos, still new in the bag and probably 15 years old.


  2. Haha! That is amazing! L is right, I do have a giant bag of wraps waiting to be rolled. But only since I think November of 2019. We’ll have to see how long they float around and compare notes.


  3. Ha! I won a set that sat in their packaging for years. I think they only came out of their package because I needed something to hold an ice pack on a leg. Who has time to wash and roll them regularly?


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