REASONS WHY THE ARGENTINE PONY IS SPECIAL AND SOUGHT AFTER IN POLO
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Argentina rules the sport of polo. Over and above, ponies bred here are a notch apart from those bred in other parts of the world. And, for good reasons.
fame of polo has grown manifold over the past few hundred years. Unlike other
mainstream sports, polo has two players-the horse and the one riding the horse.
Going by the saying that a good player cannot ace the game with a bad horse but
an average player can play much better with a brilliant horse, the requirement
of a good pony cannot be compromised with.
Birth of the Argentine Pony
The initial days of polo
were marked by the use of puny ponies with a maximum height of 147 cm. However,
as the game evolved, so did the needs of polo players.
It is then when polo
enthusiasts realized that the Argentine Criollo possessed the vital qualities
of strength and durability for the sport. Since there are no particular
restrictions on the height of the polo ponies, the players landed on the best
option-thoroughbreds. These horses turned out to be so swift that they could
quickly surpass the opponents. The Argentine polo pony is thus a cross
between strong native criollo horses and graceful English thoroughbreds.
B. Manifestation of
Thoroughbreds are known
to have very powerful muscles and a strong temper. This makes them dextrous runners.
The shiny coat of the
pony may give it an appealing appearance, but it is more sought after because
of its speed, stamina, and endurance. The ideal Argentine Polo Pony has a
steady gallop and its ability to stop and turn quickly on being prompted prepares
it to deal with the building pressure on the field.
versatile temperament is something highly peculiar and to look out for.
Generally calm but adequately competitive, the thoroughbred knows when to obey
commands and when to overpower the opponents on ground. Since it is always
alert and unfailingly obedient, it is highly sensitive to signals from its
rider as well.
C. Athletic physiqu
The lean and muscular
framework of Argentine
ponies is one of
the reasons why players can safely rely on them. Their well-proportioned bodies
are robust but not heavy, which aids in accelerating their speeds smoothly.
D. Tailor Made training and breeding operations
One of the signature
aspects which contribute to the popularity of the pony is the arrangement of
artificial conditions for its breeding, which help the breeders to cross the
Argentina has recently
ventured into genetic cloning of star ponies so that the players can have
multiple ponies of the same genes,
all this while without disturbing the performance of star mares. So what’s the
The embryo from a
pregnant mare is transplanted into the uterus of another, which then carries
the foal to term. This allows the top-notch mares, which normally can only give
birth to eight foals in a lifetime, to produce five to twelve foals annually.
fertile and vast grasslands in Argentina, called Pampas, furnish the optimum
conditions for housing and breeding of the ponies. The climate, fodder, and the
intricate care of the breeders make Argentine ponies one of the best in the