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Few sports are as widely recognized but fundamentally misunderstood as polo. Even people who have been around horses their entire lives know next to nothing about the sport. I was once one of those people. Polo wasn’t even a blip on my radar until I was in my 30’s.
There is a different horse for each player every 7 minutes. A period of play within a polo match is called a chukker, which lasts 7 minutes 30 seconds. At the end of each chukker, each player dismounts and gets on a fresh horse. At the higher levels, the professionals are switching horses every 3-4 minutes, maybe more, to keep the fresh horse advantage. If you’re watching a 6-chukker grass polo match on a standard 300 x 160 yard field, that game will have a minimum of 50 different horses. FIFTY.
Poetry in motion. Chills, I tell you. Chills.
Yes, Polo looks crazy and intense, because it totally is. It takes years to learn, decades to master and a lifetime to perfect. It is truly a horse sport all its own. I cannot, for the love of all that is good and holy, think of anything, in any sport, that is more complicated, challenging and engrossing.
El polo es un deporte que puede ser disfrutado por una variedad de personas, desde el competidor serio hasta el aficionado de fin de semana. Hombres, mujeres y niños pueden jugar juntos como un compañero de equipo equino es un ecualizador increíble. También hay diferentes áreas de polo específicas para la edad, la experiencia y los intereses de cada persona.