Nonpareil Polo Ponies
27th October 2018 |India
Horses have great variants in types, breeds and behavior, but are all of them good to be polo ponies? Probably not. LA POLO helps you to find out the best horse breeds to be used as polo ponies.
Horses used in the game of polo are often entitled as “Polo Ponies”, but the fact remains, that, they are not ‘ponies’, instead are breeds raised almost into a full size horse. Calling them “Polo Ponies” is more of a rule than of kind, as the sport of polo term them as ‘ponies’. On a general sense of platform, it has been educated that “polo ponies” can be of any breed and type, but that might not be the filtered fact. Horses have a variant of breeds within themselves, but all of them do not necessarily qualify to become a “polo pony”. There are some specific breeds that are absolute to become a great competitor in the sect of polo. Not all ponies can be “polo ponies”, one has to choose the bestest from the best. LA POLO after a thorough research about all the horses, brings to you the best horse breeds that can be used as polo ponies.
ARGENTINE POLO PONY
The first breed that we bring to you is the Argentine Pony. As the name specifies, this breed originated in Argentina, and is clearly one of the finest ones as the world acknowledges Argentina to produce the finest breeds of polo ponies. These ponies are directly attributed to be the part of the sport of Polo. Majorly used worldwide as polo ponies, the fact to be revealed here is that Argentine Pony, is actually not a breed but is a cross of Thoroughbred and Criollo.
The Argentine Polo Pony may look as elegant as any other horse breed but they are very calculative and accurate when it comes to stamina. This breed has a great speed and endurance. Due to their ideal body type, these polo ponies can easily stop and turn whenever hinted to. They gallop steadily and possess a quick and agile understanding of movements. As these polo ponies have a long neck, set shoulders and powerful back, there performance on the ground has to be precise to perfection.
THOROUGHBRED POLO PONY
This breed is the most popular breed used as polo ponies, so much so that they are at times considered the only appropriate polo ponies, also, they are meant to be a polo pony beyond anything else. This breed has been popularly used in the United States, as well as India. There demand among the polo fraternity is at a height, so much that 75 percentage of America’s polo ponies are Thoroughbred.
The breed is known best for its speed as well as stamina, and both of these qualities are of utmost importance for any polo pony. The Thoroughbred have strong hindquarters, and they are breeded in a way that helps them to carry themselves and a weight above to a decent distance; both of these qualities when come together act in favour of the pony making it fit for the blazing sport of polo. This particular breed of ponies are in demand for their speed, agility and endurance and have a body color of mostly bay, dark bay, chestnut, brown, black or grey.
THOROUGHBRED-QUARTER POLO PONY
This breed is considered to be the typical American polo pony of all time. It remains the most in demand due to its sleek performance. The Thoroughbred-Quarter as the name suggests, is a cross breed of a Thoroughbred and the Quarter. The thoroughbred as mentioned above are the ones known for their speed and stamina. The Quarters on the other hand are cutting horses who are build to be limber. Thoroughbred Quarter Polo Ponies are a benefit as they carry the traits of both the breeds. The have speed, stamina and are limber.
These ponies maintain the agility of their ancestors with their perpetual qualities. These ponies are really fast in understanding directions as well as quick in changing the pattern. Also, these ponies are really good at speed, they burst quickly.
The Criollo breed of ponies are the native ponies from the land of Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The breed is famous for its long-distance stamina and metabolism. Gaining popularity in the native countries, this breed is known for its hard nature, stamina and speed.
This breed has the characteristic of a hardy horse, as they possess a strong body with broad chest and made ribs. The Criollo Pony have muscular necks, strong shoulders with short but strong legs with neat muscles.
The breed is famous for its adjustment capabilities; they can easily adapt to any climatic or situational change, not just this, but this breed is also very intelligent, willing, traceable, as well as sensible. This breed has beautiful shades of color, but the most popular of all remains, line-backed dun.
The following horse breeds are said to be the best polo ponies across the world, but LA POLO brings to you another perspective too, by giving you an insight of the polo ponies that are popular in the Indian land. Here is the list of polo ponies used in the country.
The Marwari Horse also known as Malani, is one of the most famous and also rare breed of horses available in India and also worldwide. This particular breed of the horses are found only in the western region of the country, more specifically, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The breed’s most unique characteristic is the inward-ear. They are known best for their hardiness and speed. The Marwari Horse were for the first time breeded by the Kings and royal families of Jodhpur and Marwar, thus there name and authenticity.
The Bhutia Horse are a breed that originate in a small area of Sikkim as well as Darjeeling. They are specifically small mountain horses who usually have a color of bay and grey. These horses have a small body, but that does not make them any slow in the speed. This breed is fast, strong and can gallop easily for about 10 kms without taking any break. Moreover, they can adapt to any climatic situations as they are trained to live outside throughout the year, thus, they are capable of surviving under the summer as well as the winter climatic change. This possibly comes as a plus point for the breed.
They are small mountain horses from Himachal Pradesh, India. The ponies are specifically found in the areas of Kullu, Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur, whereas the name deprived is from the Spiti river that trails in the state. The breed was encapsulated as endangered in the year 2004, but in 2007 they reached a position when they were out of the risk factor. These ponies are very much similar to that of the Bhutia horses and carry similar characteristic whatsoever.
The Kathiawari horse is originally originated from the Kathiawar peninsula of western India, more precisely, Gujarat. The breed s associated with the days of past, where it was used as the war horse. With the span of time, these horses have come into use as polo ponies in India. They are used mostly in horses, tent-pegging and by the police.
The Manipuri Pony is the original polo pony of the country. In fact they are considered as the original pony used for polo. Going back it time, it can be traced that Manipuri ponies were considered to be the best and only one who were fit for the sport of polo. It was only later that people discovered the other breeds too to be good for the sport. These ponies have a clear and straight profile, where they have a light head, well-formed neck, deep chest with sloping shoulders. Due to their well-proportioned body, these ponies are good at speed, direction understanding and adaptation.
The Arabian or the Arab horse is one of the most recognisable breed in the world, as they have a distinct body shape and size. Originated in the peninsula region of the Arab, these horses have a long neck and high braided tail. These horses are way too flexible due to their long neck and bones, they are also full of speed and come with superior energy and power.
The Zaniskari breed or the Zanskari breed is one of the small mountain breeds from the northernmost part of India, Jammu and Kashmir. The horses are small in stature and with have have come to a position of extinction. The breed has been declared as endangered in India as only a few of them are still alive. The country has set a program and scheme to bring them out of the risk factor. Due the small size that these horses possess, they have a very small, and compact structure, and thus are widely used for riding and polo in Ladakh.