Polo is a team sport played on horseback where players aim to hit a small ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet. Originating from ancient Persia, polo is known as the “Sport of Kings” due to its historic association with nobility and royal families. It combines horsemanship with the strategies of team play and ball handling skills.


  • Improves riding skills and horse control
  • Enhances hand-eye coordination and reflexes
  • Promotes teamwork and strategic thinking
  • Builds upper body strength and agility


  • United States Polo Association (USPA): Offers resources on how to play, polo programs, and clubs.
  • YouTube: Channels like PoloLineTV provide match highlights and instructional videos.
  • Book: “Polo: The Nomadic Tribe” by Aline Coquelle offers a visual and historical insight into the sport.
  • Local polo clubs: Provide lessons, leagues, and equipment rentals.

Best Age to Start

Children can start learning polo from the age of 10 or older, once they have basic riding skills and can safely manage a horse.

Equipment and Materials

  • Polo mallet: $50-$150
  • Riding boots: $100-$300
  • Helmet: $100-$250
  • Knee guards: $50-$100
  • Polo lessons: $100-$200 per session
  • Horse lease or ownership costs: Can be significant, with full leasing starting at $500 per month

Starting Tips

  • Begin with riding lessons if you’re not already an experienced rider.
  • Take introductory polo lessons to learn the basics of the game and mallet handling.
  • Watch polo matches to understand the flow and strategies of the game.

How Often to Practice

For beginners, taking lessons 1-2 times a week is advisable. As skills improve, more frequent practice and scrimmage games will enhance proficiency.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Compete in and contribute significantly to victories in high-level polo tournaments.
  • Exhibit exceptional horsemanship, mallet skills, and understanding of game strategy.
  • Maintain peak physical condition and develop a deep bond and communication with your horses.

Famous Polo Players

  • Adolfo Cambiaso, considered one of the greatest polo players of all time.
  • Nacho Figueras, is known both for his polo skills and as a model, promoting the sport globally.

Polo requires a combination of individual skill in riding and mallet handling, teamwork, and strategic gameplay, making it a challenging and rewarding sport to master.