Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need my own pony?
No, we will supply you with a well trained polo pony for lessons and when you become more experienced and take part in 'chukkas' (games) we can supply ponies for that too. It is also possible to learn on your own pony, providing that it is safe around the other ponies and won't get phased by the mallet and the ball!
What do I wear?
Polo kit is comprised of a special polo hat, knee pads, polo shirt, polo boots and white jeans. For your initial lessons there is no need to buy anything new- just your normal riding clothes and hat will be fine. If you are a non-rider, wear warm, comfortable clothes and boots with a small heel- Get in touch with us before your lesson if you need any further guidance.
Do you have a weight limit?
The safety and comfort of our ponies is paramount, so we do have a weight limit of 14.5 stone. Although in polo, all mounts are referred to as 'ponies' most of the ponies in our school are actually horses (meaning that they are over 15.2 hands high) and we do have a few 'chunky' types that are able to carry larger riders. If given advanced notice, we can make sure we have suitable ponies ready for you.
Can I play if i'm left handed?
You must use your right hand to swing the mallet, but don't let this put you off if you're a leftie! Some top players are left handed, and it hasn't held them back.
I have never ridden before- can I still have a go?
Of course! We teach may people who haven't ridden before. You will be put in a group with people of a similar level and you will be amazed at how quickly you find your balance and learn to control your pony.
I'm 52- am I too old to learn?
Age is no barrier to learning to play polo. We have played matches with players who are well into their 80s.
How many lessons do I need before I can play?
We usually find that after around 4 lessons you know the basics and after that point the more you play, the better you will get! Be warned, polo is highly addictive- once people have played their first chukkas they rarely give up!