Most players agree that the polo «pony» represents 75%-80% of a player’s game. So how many horses does it take to play polo?
The game lasts approximately two hours and consists of four to six 7-minute chukkers, between which, or during which the players change mounts. Each player carries one horse for each chukker and one to three «spare» horses that remain on the sidelines in case a player’s horse tires.
The average polo horse works an average of five to ten miles each day, depending on the number of games played. In high goal polo, most players carry at least 10 horses, while in low goal competition, due to the slower speed of the game, not as many mounts are needed.