I was wondering if anyone had any experience training/retraining polo ponies. We have had a few at our barn over the years, and they all seem to have the same problems.
-Unability to keep their head anywhere other than in the sky
-Cantering on the wrong lead
I've been told that they mostly turn/canter in one direction for polo, because of which hand they hold the mallet in. In addition, they always seem to use standing martingales, though I don't know why they don't just teach their horses to go with lower heads... Obviously, they never have any muscle in their backs by the time they retire and come to our barn.
We do mostly general english and dressage, so obviously we need to re-train, but these have turned out to be some of my favorite horses!
Does anyone play polo? Train polo horses? Re-train polo horses? Have any comments? Very curious!