The rules in polo sport are very extensive and are often updated. It should be noted that these rules may vary in different countries. This time we are going to explain you some of the fundamental rules of the game in Argentina so that you can understand it better.
First of all, each polo player has an area of responsibility. Number one plays as a forward; the numbers two and three, in the center of the court and the number four, of defense. No player can handle the cue with the left hand, it is totally prohibited.
The ball line is an imaginary line that is formed each time the ball is hit. The line marks the course of the ball and its extension. The last player to touch the ball has the right of way. No player may cross another who is carrying the ball line, except at a distance where there is no possibility of a collision or danger to the players.
One player may lock another’s cue, but never above shoulder height or on the other side of the horse. Hitting between the legs of a horse is prohibited. Crossing the right of way to another horse is one of the most serious and dangerous offenses. A player may not deliberately touch another player, his cue or his horse.
Regarding horses, previously there was a height restriction that is why polo horses are called “ponies”, however, today the average height is around 60 and 70 cm.
The rules of polo can seem complicated as many rules must be followed to keep the game safe for both riders and horses. Although these are just some of the rules, we believe that it can be very useful when enjoying a polo match.