The English introduced polo in the Argentine Republic in 1890 by importing horses to play the sport.
The Argentines quickly bowed to the game and in the 1920s many renowned players began using only “Criollo” horses for that purpose.
With the passage of time the game became faster and more agile and began to require more docile horses. The “Criollo” are strong, resilient and agile but despite their agility, however, they were not fast enough for the modern pole. For these reasons the “thoroughbred” English career began to be used for the practice of this sport. Finally, in order to solve the problem of agility, docility and speed in the same horse, it was decided to cross Argentine “Criollas” mares with stallions of the English “thoroughbred”, as a result the fast horses that we see today are born in the different tournaments that are played in the polo fields of the world.
Since this “breed” was raised since the beginning of the 20th century in the country, the “Association of Breeders” was founded (at the initiative of the brothers Alberto and Horacio Heguy with the aim of institutionalizing the Argentine Polo race) in the year 1984, more precisely on August 8. At that time it began to be considered what is now the Argentine Polo race. Today it is the Argentine Association of Polo Horse Breeders that handles the registration of the Argentine Polo race.
The Polo Argentino horse is not always beautiful since it is raised more for its agility and skill than for its beauty. It has a long neck, a slender body, and strong rooms and limbs to withstand the demand of this sport.