It is important to remember that polo is a somewhat dangerous sport, since despite precautions, it is not uncommon to see polo accidents when playing polo. Any player should consider seriously to have the right equipment for him/her and the horses and respect the rules.
The rules of polo can seem complicated when you first start out, but the more you watch and play the faster you’ll pick them up. The main rule you should learn is the “line of the ball.” This rule or “law” is the basis formost fouls in a game. When the ball is hit, it creates an invisible line.
This line cannot be crossed in a dangerous way or a foul will be called.
A certain amount of distance must be established to cross the line and gain access to the ball. A rider must make a safe “ride-off” or “bump” to place the horse on the correct side of the line, or take the mallet to the “near-side” (the left side of the horse) and attempt a back shot or a “hook”.