Polo horses need to be in an extremely good shape in order to have a great performance when playing Polo. Feeding plays a key role in any horse’s health. In this article, we are going to take a closer look into a Polo horse’s diet.
A polo horse requires two kinds of food: hay and grains. These must be given to the horse in the proper amounts. If a horse is overfed, it might result in an overweight, sick, or crippled horse. On the other hand, if a horse is underfed, it might reduce its stamina and resistance to diseases. The best and most natural source of food for a horse is good pasture grass and dry hay.
The ratio and amount of feed should be checked by a veterinarian. It is also recommended to divide the daily ration into two feeds, one in the morning and another one in the evening; or even more since the digestive tract of a horse works better with smaller amounts of food. Water should be available to the horse at all times if possible, mainly before and after feeding.
The horse’s diet is a herbivorous diet, which includes for example: forage, oats, barley, hay, fruits, flaxseed, corn, wheat bran, among others, in addition to including minerals and vitamins, according to the horse’s needs.
During your Polo Day experience and when visiting the pony line, make sure to feed our horses to give them energy for the next match!