How to prepare the Horse for a Polo match
The mounts used are called ‘polo ponies’. They range from 14.2 to 16 hands (58 to 64 inches, 147 to 163 cm) high at the withers, and weigh 900-1,100 pounds (410-500 kg).
A player’s «string» of polo ponies can be two or three in low-goal matches, four or more for medium-goal matches, and even more for the highest levels of competition.
Trimming is a process that consists of grooming the horse and includes thinning the mane and tail so that there is no danger of them getting tangled in the cue.
Finally, bandages give the underside of the horse’s leg an extra layer of protection to prevent twisting. They can also help keep the lower limbs and tendons warm in very cold situations.