Polo horses are specially trained, highly intelligent and tolerant and make INCREDIBLE lesson horses upon retirement.
Many go on to make fantastic polo ponies. They have already have the speed and athleticism required to handle the quick, precise movements.
Introduce mallet and ball skills and you’ve got yourself a decent polo pony.
Polo horses are used to commotion, chaos, noise, yelling and bumping, not to mention all the commotion going on off the field.
Few sports are as widely recognized but fundamentally misunderstood as polo. Even people who have been around Horses their entire lives know next to nothing about the sport.
There is nothing subtle about polo. If your definition of horsemanship is based solely on what the horse is doing and what it appears the rider is not doing, you’re probably not going to appreciate polo.
Polo is in your face, aggressive horsemanship at its best. Equitation, this is not. Look beyond what you can’t see and look at what is right there in front of you. Power. Balance. Skill. Coordination. Quick reflex, decision making and strategy.
You don’t have to be very good to enjoy Polo. You will enjoy it at every stage.
No one judges you on your appearance.
50% of the people who play, win. When you lose, you know exactly why you lost. The scoreboard will tell you. And it’s likely you’ll have just as much fun losing as you do winning.
You can play polo while you learn polo—the fun never stops. The only difference between a new player and a pro is the pro can consistently hit farther, longer and with more accuracy than a new player.
Whatever the experience you have, just enjoy it!