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post #1 of 9 Old 09-15-2012, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Getting started in polo...help!

So I've been up here at college for three weeks now. My previous plans of riding at a nearby dressage barn fell through due to a lack of transportation, but I'm looking into joining the school polo team.

I think I schedule my tryout on Monday, which I'm super pumped about. I haven't ridden in almost a month and it is SO WEIRD.

But anyways...I've ridden at a hunter/jumper barn for the past 9 years and I'm a little concerned about trying to make the switch into the world of polo.

Does anyone have any tips? Has anyone on here played polo?

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-15-2012, 05:56 PM
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I play low goal, groom and exercise/school.

Go for it! It's truly the funnest thing I've ever done horseback.

Tips? Um... eat well, get plenty of rest (seriously). Learn the basic hits. Push yourself with regard to your endurance. Have fun!
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I'm trying to join for whatever the cheapest option is (haha) so I don't know if/how much I'd actually be competing, assuming for a second that I actually made the team.

I'm pretty pumped for it! I can't imagine it would do anything but help my balance/coordination when it comes to going back to h/j in the summer, too.

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I'm trying to join for whatever the cheapest option is (haha) so I don't know if/how much I'd actually be competing, assuming for a second that I actually made the team.

I'm pretty pumped for it! I can't imagine it would do anything but help my balance/coordination when it comes to going back to h/j in the summer, too.
H/J riders usually take to it quickly. Really, anybody who rides a lot seems to pick it up quickly. At least to where they can play a bit. You may indeed gain some strength as far as balance, etc. goes. Our club has h/j riders, ranchers (buy don't assume we do that cowboy polo stuff), and pros from other parts of the U.S. And the world. It is so enjoyable being around good horsemen.
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So i'm a broke college student and will only be joining as a social member (3 lessons a semester and then riding every week for 'exercise day') if I join.
BUT THEN my friend ended up not leasing the horse she was going to and now she might be taking dressage lessons at a nearby barn, so I might just mooch rides off of her and lesson there instead?

Gr. Decisions.
Actually, it's going to depend greatly on whether or not I get the second job I'm applying for. If I have both jobs, then I can afford to ride at the dressage barn (not sure when I'll do schoolwork since i'm also taking 14 credits haha)

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School work first. Seriously. The good Lord is still making horses and there will be plenty to ride after you have a degree and can afford it.

If you need a horsey fix while in college, volunteer at a therapeutic riding center, even if it's cleaning tack. Or offer to hand walk for a rehab barn. Or, or, anything!

School first!
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I played a little polo-x when I was a teenager, and it was sooooo much fun! Go for it! But don't neglect your studies.....plenty of polo time later
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Good Luck. BTW, I am in SE Michigan, too. I'm sorry your dressage barn fell through but I am sure you will have a blast with polo.
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School work first. Seriously. The good Lord is still making horses and there will be plenty to ride after you have a degree and can afford it.

If you need a horsey fix while in college, volunteer at a therapeutic riding center, even if it's cleaning tack. Or offer to hand walk for a rehab barn. Or, or, anything!

School first!
Don't worry, school definitely does come first! I'm paying waaaaaaaay too much to go here and not do well, haha. My schedule is really weird to where I have Fridays completely off, and only 2 classes a day the rest of the week (usually close together). I have a LOT of free time. And with the program I'm in, I don't really have like midterms or constant exams...it's all creative projects and papers (I only have one lecture class haha) and civic engagement.
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