Polo Basics

Do I need to know how to ride before I learn to play polo?

You don’t need any riding experience to get started in polo. We offer equitation lessons for the beginning level rider so you can learn how to ride horses and play polo at the same time.

Do I need to own a horse?

Horses and tack are included in each lesson.

What should I wear to my polo lesson?

Comfortable jeans and shirt, riding boots and a helmet.

What should I expect in my first polo lesson?

Your first lesson will be an evaluation of your riding level and you will spend time in the hitting cage learning how to properly swing the mallet. After the first lesson, we will work with you to develop a customized training program to fit your skill level and needs.

Polo Lingo

Stick n’ Ball:  When players practice their hitting skills and/or train their horses outside of a game situation, usually on a Stick n’ Ball or practice field.

Polo Pony:  A horse or pony used for polo. Can be of any breed, color, size or gender according to a players preference.

Made Pony:  A horse that has completed its polo training and is ready for tournament play.

String:  A term used to describe the group of horses used or owned by a player in a game, tournament or season. Strings usually range from 1 to 12 horses depending on the handicap level of polo being played.

Set:  A method of exercising more than one horse at a time. Sets are usually three or more horses and sometimes as many as eight.

Chukker:  Term used for a period of play in polo. There are six chukkers in a polo match, each chukker is seven and a half minutes long.