Focus On Discipline: Polo

Gallop gallop gallop thwack! The polo pony (actually a full-sized horse) carries the player to the ball which the rider hits in the line of play. In this fast-paced game the horse and rider partner to play as a single unit. Each

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Gallop gallop gallop thwack! The polo pony (actually a full-sized horse) carries the player to the ball which the rider hits in the line of play. In this fast-paced game the horse and rider partner to play as a single unit. Each horse bonds with his rider to play the line of the ball. Both horse and rider keep their eyes on the ball and the power of the horse’s gallop increases the impact of the rider’s mallet.







Sarah Libbey Greenhalgh


Polo requires a horse which can run fast, stop quickly, and turn at speed.


“When you’re on a good polo mare, you feel like you control the four players on the other side, the three players on your side, and the two umpires,” said Scott Swerdlin, DVM, a polo player in Palm Beach, Fla. “You just have that much power and you know you won’t get beaten

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Award-winning writer Charlene Strickland lives in Bosque Farms, N.M. She has published 8 books and over 600 magazine articles, and is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists.

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