Polo? Anyone play it? :)
I've been riding English (hunters and jumpers) for about 4 years now (I'm 17), and have recently found myself tiring of shows. Depressing I know. haha and I've always wanted to try polo. Do any of y'all play it? I'd really like to know more about it! I just have no clue how to get involved...and do you have to be loaded?
Thanks if you have any info/stories! :)
Polo is a rough sport on a horse, tears them down pretty fast IMHO. :wink:
My mom's ex-boyfriend plays polo. I used to exercise his horses when we went to his property and would warm them up before a few competitions so I could play with the grooms afterwards.
His horses were really well cared for, in great condition, and loved their job. The only extra tack the majority of players used were breastcollars and boots. Most went in a snaffle or Pelham. The atmosphere was completely different from the atmosphere the latest Fugly article paints about polo. Very few used spurs, and if they did, it was obvious they were excellent riders using them as refining aids. I would definitely play again if given the opportunity.
It does cost a lot to play. You need a trailer big enough to accomodate four horses (assuming you have a horse for each chukker), the horses themselves, membership fees for the club....
I know that polo can be bad for the horse, but "can" is the key word i would think. I've been around polo matches before and know that if you go with the right intentions then the horse is top priority. As they should be :) And thanks. I know its expensive to play super competitively I'd just love to give it a shot b/c it seems like a really fun and challenging sport. Thanks again :)
Just came across this thread. I groom and school polo ponies. Many are played into the late teens and twenties in medium and low goal with no signs of being torn down. We wouldn't tolerate that! They go on to be great mounts for inexperienced players. Some learn to ride and play at the same time. Just amazing to me.
It's a great game. Every rule and every piece of equipment is required with safety in mind. The safety of the horses is paramount.
Our season is about three to four months long and it's absolutely delightful to be working in the company of so many good horsemen (gender neutral).
The funnest thing I've ever done horse back.
Many clubs are encouraging amateur memberships. Some are starting 4 chukker leagues. In some cases you would only play 2 chukkers and share the other two with another player. We had more than 20 regulars in school all summer. Kids and adults. It was fantastic.
Go to the USPA website at us-polo dot org. Through them you can locate schools, clubs, lots of things.
I played when I was at uni - our club subsidised fees so it wasn't expensive. Had some great ponies who loved the game - but since I've been home, I haven't played, no clubs close enough! Great, great fun although a totally different style of riding - and you have to learn to be so brave when you're riding off. Teaches you pretty good balance too and quick reactions. However it is very expensive.
Regarding the ponies, the ones we rode not only played polo, but competed eventing, pentathlon and one to Advanced Medium dressage to a good age. It's no harder on joints etc than showjumping or eventing, as every match your ponies should only play a chukka each, so whilst it's fast and lots of quick manoeuvres, it's short. If you're playing properly then you're not going fast enough and close enough in a ride off for major collisions unless you are good and know what you're doing - like any equine sport.
Hello! I played polo since i began riding. I started riding at a barn that was both a show barn and a polo barn. Polo is aggressive and hard work but is one of the funnest things i've ever done!
I had the same problem, i got bored of jumping around and getting nowhere! Polo was a good break from the average riding expierience. It also is an amazing learning expierience. I learned so much about hard working horses. I became more confident in my riding and was able to handle horses at high speeds. I learned a lot about control and not to mention i developed flexible hands from the hand-eye cooridination.
You don't have to be loaded but it is a fair amount of money, as anything with horses is! Although i personally think it costs less than showing, but it depends on what the pricing is like in your area.
My suggestion would be to see if a local unniversitiy has an interscholastic team? (I live in CT and UCONN offers polo lessons)
If not you'll have to see what's near you.
Here's some things you'll need, you can order them online for the best prices:
polo helmet with a face gaurd
polo boots (normal boots will do though)
polo mallet (size depends on the you and your horses height)
polo wraps for each of your horses legs
Here are some helpful websites! (:
Learning to Play the Sport of Polo
POLO GEAR | The Best Polo Products And Equipment
I am in Missouri and we have a pretty big polo scene here as the Bush family (of Ahneiseur Bush) owns a club and has several public exhibitions per year. There are two major clubs in the St Louis area. Most of the polo players have 10 horses each. 4 horses are their first string, 4 back up horses in case the original 4 happen to all have injuries at the same time (it happens, with any sport, the athletes get sore or injured), and a few green horses in training. Around here it's really a wealthy person sport. But they do allow us regular people to come and watch and have a nice afternoon!
Oh and I will add I've heard of a few people taking jobs with the polo players exercising their horses for them. And most of the ponies here in St Louis are OTTBs as they are available easily and live for speed!
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