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post #11 of 17 Old 11-05-2012, 11:17 AM
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For a sport that isnt hard on a horse they sure need alot of backup.
Any horse that is a serious athlete has a hard job. Jumpers that compete a lot don't tend to live as long as our average hacking around fun horse. They just get hurt. But I agree with you, polo is hard on the horse. I've been at a match and seen a pony have a heart attack and fall over dead in the middle of the field. It was the last period of the game, and they generally save their "best horse" for the last to make up the score. So the rider lost his best horse....and you have to assume that the horse was his best athlete and conditioned as such. The rider had to jump off to not be crushed. It was bizarre. I've never seen that happen at a horse show, but I don't go to the top rated stuff.
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-05-2012, 12:27 PM
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For a sport that isnt hard on a horse they sure need alot of backup.
Consider the fact they do use 4 horses at a time.

Also a lot of jumper riders, event riders, dressage riders, barrel racers and any rodeo type event usually have back up horses as well. Also most draft teams have back ups, especially as an injury can happen to a 6 horse hitch rather easily. Oh and don't forget mounted police or lipizzaner stallions...

We could go down the road of "such and such a disciplin is abuse and torture" but at any given time there are about 5 threads going on with the same debate.

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post #13 of 17 Old 11-05-2012, 12:32 PM
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yeah I am really not here to debate the sport of polo. I am just saying people don't play polo casually or every once in a while. I think it's because it requires such an investment in ponies and equipment that it's something you commit to doing and an entire lifestyle.
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-05-2012, 05:42 PM
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It seems that many of you are talking about games that are only four chukkers. We play six, and some players double chukker their horses. They do fine.

Then, of course, we have some stables roll in whose players play 12 horses in a six chukker game. Riding each one only a half chukker each. Those are the high goal players who want every advantage.

Those whose horses play two chukkers each are playing low goal. I also know members who split a game with someone else, each only playing three chukkers.

Our club is going to start a low goal 4 chukker group because we've had so many adults new to riding and polo start to learn and wanting to play. But they all have jobs and/or families and can't devote the time needed to develop many horses or their own skills and endurance to the higher levels.
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post #15 of 17 Old 11-06-2012, 02:41 AM
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For a sport that isnt hard on a horse they sure need alot of backup.
It's not for backup per se, it's so that act horse does the absolute minimum they can. It is a hard, fast sport, and to prevent it becoming hard on the horse, they try to have each horse play as little as possible, hence the large strings of horses. Not so much because they all get injured!!
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post #16 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 02:45 PM
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the horses need back up because a chukka is 7 and a half minutes long (without time outs and fouls) of straight galloping and you need one horse per chukka.

Polo is only dangerous if you make it dangerous, as with any other sport.
My horse is ancient, 22 and played polo and competed in jumpers his whole life, he's still healthy and kicking (:
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post #17 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 03:54 PM
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Probably not relevant, but my favorite book about horses when growing up was

Http://www.amazon.com/Frog-Master-Famous-Stories-Series/dp/B000QY1KUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1353011844&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=frog+the+horse+who+knew+no+master
It is about a polo horse in Panama set around 1920. Depending on who you believe, it may have been based on a horse the author rode.

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