Polo is a game full of excitement and adrenaline. Here are 7 things to know about Polo
Why are they called ponies?
The term originated in the early days of the sport, when mounts were limited to the size of a pony. Today equines playing polo are called ponies regardless of their size.
What is the throw-in?
The throw-in is the opening of play. The umpire throws the ball between the two teams as they line up parallel to one another.
Why are ponies hogged for polo?
Manes can get tangled in the mallets or reins if left loose. Pony tails are wrapped or braided for the same reason.
What is a chukka?
A polo match is divided into time periods called chukka. They are usually seven minutes long.
What is a handicap?
It is the rating of a player’s skill level. The best players have a score of 10 and beginners start with minus two.
Why do players ride multiple ponies in one game?
Ponies can travel up to two miles during a chukka, so they must be rested frequently.
Why is the mallet always held in the right hand?
For safety reasons, players are banned from holding the mallet in their left hand.