A polo horse plays a mayor role in all polo matches, without a horse there’s no polo! Much of the results in the game depend on the horses’ health and how well they are being taken care of. This is why their maintenance, training and diet, among other factors are extremely important for their good performance.
How to take care of a polo horse?
- Maintain a healthy balanced diet of grass, alfalfa and oat concentrates formulated according to the nutritional requirements of each species.
- Exercise daily: a 30-45 minute muscular training session followed by and hour long walk to relax the muscles will do the trick.
- Give the horse a yearly full general check-up from a veterinarian: check their musculoskeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular system, as well as their gastrointestinal complex (including the teeth) and the reproductive tract.
- Keep their vaccination and deworming status up to date to prevent diseases and parasite infestations.
- Schedule your farrier often to prevent overgrown hooves from becoming imbalanced and creating cracks and wall separations that may cause pain, making it difficult or painful for your horse to walk or even stand.
Follow these care tips to take proper health of your polo horse. Remember to always ask a veterinarian any further treatments and cares your horse may need in particular to stay at peak performance. Let’s keep horses healthy and ready for polo!